As you recall, I collect scrap wood from this furniture shop that throws them out. (I always feel like a little squirrel storing nuts for the winter :) I also made my white privacy screens on rollers this way - you can see them when you click on the grey words.
These are bed slats.
I knocked them off their frames, sawed some to get more-or-less the same lengths, then nailed them together to make three columns. I was hoping to get them all in their natural wood colour (see how the last few pieces are a different shade?)..
..and waited and waited for the shop to throw some more out. Then I couldn't wait anymore, and so had to paint them with a very, very diluted grey paint to even out the shade, yet leave it still rustic-looking. My husband helped me with making the back supports.
Then I used masking tape to help me figure out the positioning of the different lines of words (words were chosen by bride and groom).
Then I painted over the chalk using white gloss paint and a fine brush. (It was like drawing eye-liner on for
And here's where the carrot makes it debut. I am an amateur DIYer. I do not have the proper tools or machines or fancy equipment for my projects. I grab whatEVER works. No kidding. So... see the dots in the picture below?
Yep, I cut off the tip of a carrot and dipped it in paint. Worked fine.
On days when the haze situation was bad or it got too hot out at the back of our house, I just hauled that whole column in and painted it in my sitting room. With the air-conditioning on. Like a boss. :)
Here are my models. The words for this column were taken from their pre-marital course.
My husband and I having a little fun.
Our long-time family friend's daughter in a beautiful saree, totally outshining my photobooth :)
Oh. And the carrot? Well, here's a story for you! A long time ago I was teaching Sunday School to a group of village children in Kuching, East Malaysia. I was teaching them a vegetable printing (okra, potato) craft. One of the children had exclaimed, "Eeyer, Cikgu - membazir...." (Malay for, "Oh no, Teacher, what a waste...").
Some things we'd never bat an eye at, like using store-bought vegetables for a simple craft. Yet for some, they see it as using produce from months of hard work on a farm. Boy, I never forgot that remark...
I cut off the painted tip of the carrot. And put the rest of it in a stew.. :)