If you've ever been to my home you realized right away that I am quite eclectic. Over the years I have pulled that in a little closer-knit, but still, I have a lot of things that may or may not seem as if they fit.
This wall is across from my kitchen. When we purchased our home I realized this wall would be perfect to display a collage of things, and so it has evolved over time. Much of it has been there from the beginning, but some pieces have been replaced with newer ones or things I just liked a little better.
The latest addition to this wall is that big green picture with numbers on it! What the heck is that anyway? Believe it or not, that's my zip code. I got this idea from where else, Pinterest, and I couldn't just keep it to myself. I had to create it and share it with all of you! So, how did I create that beautiful piece of art? Honestly, it was pretty easy!
To start with, I have a total of $15 wrapped up in this piece, plus things I already had around the house. Let's start with the picture frame itself. This was a canvas picture that I picked up at a yard sale in 2016 for fifty cents! I actually had the ugly thing hanging on my wall in our rental house, but when we purchased our home I said I was decorating with all the things I loved! I did not love this picture, and so I didn't use it, but being me, I also couldn't throw it away.
This is the old picture I started with. It was a verticle picture, so I started with removing the hanging hardware from the back, and I had Kenny replace it with two new hangers so I could hang it horizontally. Then, after I cleaned it thoroughly, I gave it a covering with some black chalk paint. I did this for a two-fold reason. I wanted to make everything black for an undercoat, and for the canvas. I also wanted the regular spray paint (THIS IS THE SPRAY PAINT I USED) to stick better because this frame is a type of harder plastic. This tactic worked great and the green paint held to it well.
I intentionally left the edge around the picture with the black showing through. I like how that looks to separate the back of the picture and the frame. Then I got to work hot gluing my numbers onto the canvas.
Now, in case you haven't figured it out yet, the numbers represent my zip code. I thought it would be really neat to hang that on my wall. I live in Winter Haven, FL. It's a very big area with several zip codes, lots of lakes, and lots of mass. Because of the lakes, this town of roughly 45,000 people is much larger than one might expect. We have lived here for four years and we've really embraced it, and it's become our home. I also have another piece that celebrates where we live. It's an old Map of the town from the 1950s that I purchased on FB Marketplace for $5 and brought home and framed. It hangs in my Dining room.
So this new piece, as you can see goes with the general tone of my home, and definitely fits into the Farmhouse style look I'm trying to achieve.
Before actually gluing them, I laid them out. As you will notice I chose numbers that were different, and I did that on purpose. I sprayed all the numbers the same flat black and then arranged them after they were dried. I hot glued them in place, and voila, my new zip code sign was born. I really really love how it turned out.
What have you made recently that you simply LOVE that's hanging in or sitting around your home? Share it with me! I'd love to see your amazing ideas and creations!
I hope y'all have a great week, and I'll be posting more great things very soon!
Hi I'm Jen, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a passion for Jesus, my family, and connecting with a more simple way of life. I love to write, and enjoy many creative avenues. I look forward to sharing so much with y'all so come back often!
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