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You want to hear something crazy? We still don’t have our kitchen door. It’s as if this door doesn’t exist at all! Since that frustrating discovery that the first back ordered door wasn’t correct (I can’t even), we’ve been waiting for the second back ordered door for 13 weeks (and counting). We’re between a rock and a hard place – do we say “never mind!” and move on, or do we keep waiting because we’ve been waiting for so long?

Scott and I call this Waiting for the Bus.

You know that feeling when you’re at the bus stop, and you pull out your phone to kill time on Instagram for a few minutes? But 30 minutes later, the bus hasn’t yet arrived? At first, you didn’t mind because you had time to spare, but now, you’re officially going to be late for work. You start to map out alternate routes in your head and you ask yourself, should I just start walking? But then you think, except what if the bus comes right when I leave? And then I’m in-between stops and I miss it? More time passes, and you actually get angry because you realize you could have walked to work faster than any stupid bus could drive you, but how were you to know that this would be the day the bus never comes? Not to mention, you’ve already put in so much time playing the Waiting game! Then you curse the city transport system and just as you turn to leave, three buses rolls up. (All totally packed, by the way.)

Right now, we’re Waiting for the Bus. Do we stay? Do we leave? While we grumble and weigh our options, we’ve – at the very least! – decided to room hop. During this absurd wait, we’ve finished the workshop, laid out plans for the One Tail house and now, we’re pushing on to the next – the garage!

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If we thought our workshop was bad to start, the garage takes the cake. (Well, if you don’t consider our bedroom or bathroom. Come to think of it, let’s not start comparing at all!) The garage is where all of the heavy lifting takes place. It’s where the table saw gets the most use, and it’s where we piled (and piled!) old studs and decent scrap wood. It’s also where overflow moving boxes were stored and never unpacked, and it’s where we stashed the things we weren’t ready to part with or simply had no good place for – aquarium supplies, kitty carriers and car parts.

The fact that our house has a garage at all was a major selling point for us, but for the past almost-two-years, we haven’t been very kind to it. There was one system in place, and that’s the cabinets you see in the first photo above. Those cabinets came out of the second floor unit of our home, before we turned it into our master bedroom. We salvaged the few that weren’t terrible, and at the very least, we figured they’d make a great makeshift work area.

Over the weekend, we put a few more systems in place, starting with lumber storage! We used this tutorial as our guide, but to be honest, we sort of winged it. Using 18″ lengths of 1x4s and wedges of 2x4s (from the scrap pile itself), we pulled together a horizontal racking system for our salvageable wood pile:

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For our larger scraps – think: plywood and MDF sheets – we built a 3′ tall bin using a 2×8 for the bottom, 2x12s for the sides and scrap 2x2s for the front straps. The exposed studs on our garage walls made everything super simple, allowing us to use nothing but 2.5″ wood screws for both storage racks:

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While we were on a roll, we dug through EV-ER-Y-THING else in the entire garage! We opened boxes, reorganized bins and pulled every last can of bug spray and weed killer out of those cabinets. Everything was sorted into piles – keep, donate, yard sale (!) – and we were absolutely ruthless. I’d like to thank my new favorite book for that mindset, but luckily, Scott was game. (We’d say, does this spark joy? No? It’s gone!) After two days of oddly fun and satisfying work (beer helps), we found the garage floor! Call me crazy, but I’d say we could even park a car in here.

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We have stupidly huge plans for this garage (the majority of our to-dos are meatier than the words themselves), and while we are feeling wildly optimistic, we’ll admit that this list is long:

Fix the leaky roof
Lumber storage
Bike Storage
Open metal shelving for bins + occasional use items
Wall treatment for cabinet wall (close up exposed studs)
Paint everything – no more bare plywood!
Reconfigure and paint cabinets
Install a countertop (that’s not a piece of flimsy wood)
Epoxy/paint the un-level/cracked garage floor
Wall of hooks/hanging storage
New side door
Paint exterior trim
Re-caulk exterior siding
New garage door!

When I would feel overwhelmed at my old desk job, my ex-boss (hi, Keith!) used to say: How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time. Let’s dig in.

  • Sarah Z - May 27, 2015 - 10:02 AM

    Oh man, even before I read that you and Scott call this “waiting for the bus” I said to myself, it’s just like waiting for the bus! I used to live in Chicago and I SO TOTALLY know that feeling. Ugh. Makes me frustrated just thinking about it! Good for you, though, for distracting yourself and being productive with the garage. Looks so much better already!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 27, 2015 - 10:14 AM

      Isn’t that feeling so obnoxious?! It can totally make or break your day. Stupid bus!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - May 27, 2015 - 10:42 AM

    Shy suggestion: insulating and drywalling our garage was one of the best decisions we ever made. We did the ceiling as well, and mudded and taped and painted everything, too. We live in a similar climate as you, and it made such a nice difference to be able to set up saws and tools and work out there in the cold winter months without freezing to death. We could set up a heater and the insulation kept us nice and warm. Even after the work on our house was complete, we could do projects out there year round, like build furniture etc.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 27, 2015 - 11:07 AM

      That’s a GREAT suggestion, and we did toss that idea around. Our only hesitation is that we’d rather spend money on big ticket items – like our broken garage door and flimsy exterior door… but, honestly, nothing is out of the question just yet.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - May 27, 2015 - 11:04 AM

    Can’t wait to see the progress. My husband and I just started work on our garage and it’s in a very similar state. Dying to see how you paint the inside – that’s our plan too. We didn’t want to spend the time or money putting up drywall. We also live in Austin, Texas; so cold winters had no effect on our decision.ReplyCancel

  • cully - May 27, 2015 - 11:27 AM

    looks like we’re on similar timelines as far as the garage goes. except we fixed the leaky roof first. It just took 2 9hr days with a 4hr day removing and patching over a leaking skylight. Tore it down to wood, and put on a fresh layer. now to tear out the drywalled room that the skylight was leaking into and make it our bike room.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 27, 2015 - 11:39 AM

      Nice! You guys should probably just buy another house for all your bikes though. So many.ReplyCancel

  • Joy - May 27, 2015 - 2:44 PM

    Ugh, the sunken cost of waiting for the bus. My husband and I use this phrase as well. Usually we’re happier after finding an alternate route. I love the new systems you put up in the garage, and can’t wait to see where you take the space–I just know you’re going to do something really cool and clever with the bikes and hanging storage!ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - May 27, 2015 - 3:10 PM

    Your’e already off to a good start! It’s amazing how cleaning up a little clutter can seriously save a space so much.

    Also – I’m a huge fan of that quote at the end. Like.. a lot. Thanks for sharing!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  • Katie B RN - May 27, 2015 - 10:22 PM

    My wonderful sister introduced me to you blog and raves about your home DIY. I am so inspired and totally plan with to do lists for each room too! On the west coast our 1968 home is young comparable to east coast homes but it does need a lot of work, I do interior and my husband does landscaping and exterior stuff. I will totally be looking back through prior posts for ideas for our home:) My next project is floating shelves in the kitchen!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 28, 2015 - 8:41 AM

      Ooh, I like your division of labor! So happy you found us, and good luck on those floating shelves! You can never really have too many shelves, right?ReplyCancel

  • Heather MacFeather - May 28, 2015 - 12:32 AM

    I have Garage envy. My workshop is a converted garage but there are no rafters for suspending things nor is the framing exposed to allow me to do cool things like your lumber storage trick.

    But the elephant saying. I’ve now heard it twice in my life and the first time was on Tuesday. How crazy is that?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 28, 2015 - 8:40 AM

      Uh-oh… hopefully it’s not a sign that there’s a big elephant or whale in your future?!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - June 1, 2015 - 3:52 PM

    Wow! Such an improvement…you go girl (and guy). Doesn’t it feel so, so good?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah E. Velasquez - June 11, 2015 - 12:58 PM

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I recently finished up two big projects and my husband is insisting I get the wood out of the yard so it doesn’t look so trashy. I was considering what to do with it, and trying to come up with a better storage idea, and now I am inspired! Thank you!ReplyCancel



When we pulled Jack straight from the city pound 6 years ago, he was a pile of bones. His eyes were sad, and he sat at the back of his crate as we passed him by – several times, actually – to play with and consider the happier, wiggly smaller pups nearby. When we pulled these smooshy, tinier dogs from their cages, however, they wanted nothing to do with us. We brought them outside, and that blissful moment of freedom took over those smooshy, tiny bodies, and they would run, quite literally, like the wind. They writhed away from us, and after several failed attempts to make a connection, we were thisclose to leaving the slammer empty-handed that day. As we were walking out, we passed by Jack yet again (with a paper tag on his crate that read Jimbo), but this time we doubled back and said, well, maybe we should play with this one. Just to see. I mean, look at how sad! 

As a staff member brought Jack – er, Jimbo? – to the small playpen where we waited, he practically sprang from her arms and right into Scott’s lap. We barely had a chance to coo before he was licking our faces and crawling from Scott’s legs to mine. He couldn’t knead his body – his paws, his belly, his big head! – into our hands hard enough, and we were signing the papers to bring him home five minutes later.

It couldn’t be more true when we say that Jack changed our lives. We didn’t know why passersby would cross the street on our morning walks, and we quickly found ourselves spiraling down the internet rabbit hole researching things like ‘Pit Bull’ and ‘bully breed’ and all of the misunderstandings that are associated with them. On the flip side, we also found blogs and Facebook groups and television shows that love their big, beefy dogs as much as we do! Soon, we had fallen into a community where dogs ruled the roost in the best possible way. We were joining doggie group walks and making friends with puppy foster parents, and although we’d always been pro-rescue, we found ourselves diving head first into that world. It didn’t take long before we began giving back to this community we love so much.

And, well, then came Chunk. A girl who speaks for herself, and a noodle we love so much, it just can’t be considered normal. Add that to our senior rescue kitties (both hailing from our college days; I still remember bargaining with my landlord that I would clean the common hallway if he would just consider allowing me to have a cat), and that brings our pet total to four. Our lives are so full of warm, fluffy, fuzzy contentment!

I digress. All that to say, this winding path of pet love is a big part of many of our friendships today, and it’s the reason why we’ve found ourselves in a position to help with an incredible new project. Let’s talk about it!

One Tail at a Time is a local rescue doing amazing things, and they’re on a mission to make Chicago a no kill city. From the beginning, OTAT has been a foster based rescue, but by the end of this summer, they’ll be swinging open the very real doors to their own adoption center! A place for more rescuing, more fostering, more word spreading and, as a result, a whole lot less euthanizing in city shelters. We were asked by their director Heather if we would be willing to donate our time to makeover the space, and before she could complete her thought, we were all, okay, people, no time to waste! Someone hand us a paint brush!

We have a One Tail notebook where we’ve been keeping track of the needs/wants since we first sat down with Heather in April. At the top of this notebook is the word QUIRKY. This will be a space where joyous, difference-making will happen, and we all agree that this adoption center should make you feel good and silly and happy down to the core. We’re going to have so much fun with this.

So! Remember that sofa we pulled from a trash pile? It has lovingly been dubbed the Garbage Sofa, and this sofa will be the back drop of every photo of every dog that is getting their second chance with a rescue family. All those smooth talking pups that have undeniably wriggled their way into the hearts of their new moms, dads, sister and brothers will sit on this sofa as a forever family before starting a life with endless kibble, tennis balls and warm beds. Say cheese! (Are these two the poster children for their own Hey Girl meme or what?)


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Of course, Garbage Sofa will be getting a makover of its own, because, you know, we’re already drowning in fabric swatches as it is. We’ll be documenting and sharing the process for the One Tail Adoption Center over the course of the summer, and we’ve already got a great team of collaborators and sponsors that are helping us to realize their vision. You can learn more about One Tail at a Time, The Adoption Center and their goal to raise $70,000 in 70 days right here. Yeah!

  • Ann - May 21, 2015 - 7:16 AM

    This is just the loveliest, most heartwarming post! As a proud mamma to an OTAT alum, it makes my heart sing to see the support for our wonderful rescue. THANK YOU!
    PS- What kind of magic did you work to achieve that first photo? Hilarious and perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 7:51 AM

      Thanks, Ann! That first photo was a stroke of luck. The wind must have blown a delicious scent of alley trash in the air, because they both perked up their noses to sniff simultaneously. Scott and I were cracking up!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - May 21, 2015 - 7:33 AM

    This is so awesome you guys! And how rewarding. What an exciting venture!!!

    PS: Chunk’s facial expressions crack me up!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 7:52 AM

      She is ridiculous and SO expressive.ReplyCancel

  • Trish - May 21, 2015 - 7:57 AM

    OH MY GOSH – I recognize that house – I park in near it every day when I go to the gym! Anyway, I have definitely made a donation and will post this on my FB page. If you need any help painting or whatever, just let me know I’ll be glad to help!ReplyCancel

  • maria - May 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

    enter happy tears! What an amazing thing to do for such an important cause. it breaks my heart to think of where misunderstanding and ignorance is taking all those outstanding creatures, and all of their potential is being shut down like that. And for you to give back to the community and be so commited to the cause…wow. I can´t find the words. So I´m just gonna say THANK YOU. And I´ll follow along… So lots of love to the YBH human team & furry family, and to everyone involved with the OTAT shelter in Chicago of course, from my mutts and me in Barcelona :-DReplyCancel

  • katie - May 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

    what a fun project for a great organization! we are also a four pet family – 2 dogs + 2 cats, so obviously animals are very important to us as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:09 AM

      You gotta have the cats to balance the dogs, right?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 8:32 AM

    I seriously got misty eyed reading your story about Jack. Amazing to see that you’re paying it forward with this awesome project – I can’t wait to follow along!

    My pittie Posey appreciates your support too. :)

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:09 AM

      Hi, Posey! Look at the little sideways hat! Cutie, cutie.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - May 21, 2015 - 8:36 AM

    This is GENIUS! I just started taking ‘glamour shots’ at my local shelter last Saturday. Trees and grass are nice as a background but a statement piece would be so cool.

    One of the main reasons for selling my own products (I design paint by numbers of cities) is to give back not only to people by helping them learn how to create through my product but especially to animals. I cannot wait until I get big enough to start donating more and putting on fundraisers.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:34 AM

      That’s so awesome, Adrienne!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - May 21, 2015 - 8:53 AM

    Well, it’s officially that I love you guys :-)ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - May 21, 2015 - 9:19 AM

    I admit, I’ve been in the uninformed category too long. Never a need to even broach the subject until my boyfriend rescued a litter of mixed breed pits from his commercial property two months ago. They had been eating insulation and whatever else they could get their puppy teeth on. There was one dog that *somehow* ;) stayed in the truck as the rest of the pups were dropped off at the rescue. The entire litter died of parvo just shortly after, all because the tenant was too cheap and lazy to give his dogs shots. We were able to get ours to the vet in time for treatment and literally saved his life. So now, I’m a mom to a red heeler/pit mix (aka redbull) with a two year old in the house, something I would have never thought would happen.

    I so much admire what you guys are doing! I wish I was in a position I could do even more myself!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:31 AM

      Oh, that’s heart breaking! Your dog sounds gorgeous, and I’m sure he’s a great little brother to your toddler! ;)ReplyCancel

    • Rachel - May 27, 2015 - 11:08 AM

      What a sad story, but LOL at “redbull”! We have a rescued mystery mutt that we think is some kind of heeler/pit mix too, and she’s amazing. How wonderful that your pup found you and you guys saved him!ReplyCancel

  • ryan - May 21, 2015 - 9:38 AM

    This makes me so happy to see! I found your blog on my own while googling for home inspiration and then discovered you know Heather (my lil sis). You guys are wonderful for donating your time and energy to OTAT. That couch is going to make for the greatest adoption photos :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:41 AM

      I thought you guys were related! I found your blog moon ago when you left a comment on Making It Lovely (because you had said something about being in Wicker Park), and I remember thinking, they HAVE to be sisters. Ha, small world!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - May 21, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    I love that first picture of your pups. They look so regal.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - May 21, 2015 - 10:39 AM

    I was hoping this was what you were doing! If only it was done by next weekend when I’m in Chicago!!!! Can’t wait to see the before-durings-afters!!!!!

    Also, Jack’s gotcha story made me tear up a bit! He is so lucky to have found you (and vice versa)!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - May 21, 2015 - 11:01 AM

    this makes my heart SO happy!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - May 21, 2015 - 11:13 AM

    Thanks so much for posting! I had a good cry, of course, then donated. Thanks for helping them out. Such a wonderful cause!ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - May 21, 2015 - 11:56 AM

    Your dogs.. are too cute for words.

    And y’all are awesome. Sharing this only blog + social!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

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  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - May 21, 2015 - 1:09 PM

    Oh, this story made me tear up!! As pet mama to four myself, I am so excited to hear how this new journey of yours pans out—and to hopefully see LOTS more of those puppy smiles =)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - May 21, 2015 - 1:26 PM

    That Jack, aka Jimbo, adoption story is SO sweet. Seriously, I’m like tearing up over here!

    It’s funny because just yesterday I was wondering what happened to the flamboyant couch you rescued. I love this! It’s such a statement piece and makes complete sense in a quirky and fun pet adoption center. I can’t wait to see what other cool touches you come up with!ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - May 21, 2015 - 1:38 PM

    Ohhh, that story gives me goosebumps. And what a fantastic thing to do with the garbage couch. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - May 21, 2015 - 4:45 PM

    As a proud owner of a rescue pittie I too have gone down the internet rabbit hole to defend my bread and find like-minded, responsible pit bull owners who utilize positive, force-free methods to train their dogs. I am also a rescue volunteer and am SOOOOOO excited about this project. Cant wait to see the updates. Your dogs are beautiful and hope that your makeover will help bring more people into the shelter so more dogs get loving fur-ever homes!ReplyCancel

  • Heather MacFeather - May 21, 2015 - 11:36 PM

    First off, I need to say I check your blog daily and love what you have been doing (I started following along just before you moved to the house).

    Ok, pets. I love rescues. I grew up and shared my adult home with more than a few rescue cats and still recall picking the first one when I was about 6 or 7 years old.

    In any case, the way you describe picking a dog is the opposite to how I ended up with two of my recent adoptees. Just goes to show that cats are a totally different, and very aloof, ball of wax. Two of the snuggliest cats I have had completely ignored me on adoption day. Cats!

    Best of luck with the new project, not to mention with that pesky kitchen door!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 22, 2015 - 8:33 AM

      Aren’t cats so funny that way? I adopted Maddie because she was a limp noodle of love in my hands at the shelter. Turned out, I learned on her first vet visit that she was extremely malnourished, so I spent the first few months of her life nursing her back to health!

      Now, she’s a sassy britches. You only pet her when SHE wants it, and only then.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 22, 2015 - 12:52 PM

    So exciting!! I miss shooting for my shelter, I moved too far away to be of much good to them. There are very few completely no-kill shelters here in SoCal and it was one of them. The people there are amazing! Can’t wait to see what you guys create.ReplyCancel

  • Joy - May 22, 2015 - 3:05 PM

    This is wonderful! Can’t wait to follow the progress here. Rescue is the best!ReplyCancel

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  • suzanne - May 26, 2015 - 1:08 PM

    I’m donating! What great stories.

    Caution however, you have a male and female…other combos do not mix well OFTEN (not always, just more often than not). I have two females who were great for a couple years, then… well it got bad quick. They now live on opposite sides of baby gates in the house, and a fence outside. Boy dog goes happily between them. I’d never give them up, even living this way of constant doors/gates.

    Shelter never warned us – or in fact IMO – should never have let us have two females. Any breed really, it’s a recipe for problems. Stick to boy/girl and all should be good.ReplyCancel

  • Brandy Wiggins - June 10, 2015 - 8:44 AM

    I love love love this post! As a proud momma to 4 rescues (2 dogs (1 Pitador and 1 Pit Bull) and 2 cats) I am totally in touch with your feelings on this! Its so great that you can do this….how exciting!!ReplyCancel


When our friend (and neighbor) Liz started asking us for recommendations on where to get textiles framed, I was curious to see what she was framing. We agreed to a lunch date so I could check out the subject, and before I knew it, I was committing to making her one using our usual go-to method, if only because framing something of this size would cost little more than a good down payment on a new car. Friends don’t let friends do that!


She got this pretty jungle blanket from BFGF  as a super sweet Mother’s Day gift, but she was hoping to display it on the wall. After a brainstorm session over a bowl of pasta – Should we just, like, tack it up? Can we sandwich it between glass? Maybe we could wrap it around a canvas and call it a day? – I realized that a few small tweaks to our DIY frames would work just fine and really make it more of a showstopper! We’ve used this method on our dinos, the tool print and even our entryway mirror, but in this case, we’d need to make it semi-permanent (in the off chance they’d like to use it in the more traditional sense down the road) and, most importantly, lightweight. Because of its large size (coming in at 4′ x 6′), anything too heavy would not only be a burden to hang, but it would be too stressful on the longer lengths of wood.

Liz loves the look of our salvaged wood shelves, so we opted for a similar theme by using mid-century lumber from our favorite building supply warehouse, Rebuilding Exchange. We picked up old 2x6s and used our table saw to square the edges and rip down the four sides with a 2.5″ front face. From there, our router sort of helped to notch out a recessed lip for the blanket to sit in, although we did run into an issue with this dense wood. In the end, Scott ultimately rigged up a system with a steady hand and our circular saw –  my hero!

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Everything got a really good sanding (starting with 80 grit and working our way down to 150 grit), and I got to work staining. I used one coat of Special Walnut, but to tone down the redness, I applied two additional coats of Weathered Oak. Once that was dry, I brushed on a thin coat of water-based Polycrylic on the front and back. The poly will act as a barrier on any part of the frame that will touch the blanket, preventing future discoloration or bleed through.


We used the miter saw to cut down the proper lengths, which were measured from the inside cut, about 4″ smaller overall than the size of the blanket. Using wood glue first, we secured the mitered edges with our nail gun and 3″ corner braces:

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We had to work on the floor – the only space big enough to accommodate this large frame! – and once the actual frame was complete, we laid it down face first and put the blanket over that, upside-down. In keeping with the lightweight theme, we used a sheet of 1/2″ acid free foam core cut to the exact opening size and slowly pushed it into place.

At this point, we were honestly sort of winging it, but our plan was (surprisingly?) working!

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The blanket was snug, but not so snug that we couldn’t move it around. Working opposite each other, Scott and I very (very, very) gently tugged on the blanket from the back, firming it up against the front face of the foam core while keeping things as even as possible. Once it was no longer loose, Scott held it up while I looked from the front, and we worked together to stretch it over the board without stressing the fabric.

For added security and to keep the blanket from sagging over time, we used male velcro only on the back of the foam core. The part of the blanket that wrapped to the back easily caught onto the velcro, but it wasn’t so much that it caused the fibers to snag. We then sandwiched another sheet of foam core onto that, and I used my staple gun to keep everything in place. If Liz ever wants to take the blanket out of the frame, the blanket will still be in tact and – after a good dry cleaning, most likely – good to go! Note: Glass was nixed to allow the texture of the blanket to shine through, but it also drastically decreases the overall weight.


Finally, we added a large D-ring to each side of the frame, purposely installing them vertically so each one could get its own 50 lb. anchor. Because of the large size of the artwork, we decided to ditch hanging wire altogether.


That said, we succeeded at keeping it incredibly lightweight! If it wasn’t for the awkward size, it can easily be held upright by one person, but I would go one step further and say that it’s much lighter than any of our other DIY frames, mostly attributed to the lack of glass.

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Even in photos, it’s really tough to tell the scale of the frame, but it looks so striking hanging just to the right of their front door. This photo shows an itty bitty Liz beneath the frame, which is probably the best representation of how massive this thing is!


Going the DIY frame route was a bit more labor intensive overall, sure, but it was absolutely worth it! (And for other ways to display textiles, I did find this link to be helpful, too.)

PS… Debating navy shades on the Bali Blinds blog today – and convincing Scott it’ll be worth it! You can never have too much navy, really.

  • Haley - May 19, 2015 - 8:17 AM

    This looks great! I have a large african wall hanging that I just have pushpinned to the wall. I definitely need to try this for a more grown up look.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - May 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

    I was really skeptical, but this looks incredible! Great work, guys.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 19, 2015 - 9:46 AM

      Girl, we were skeptical the whole way through, but you never know until you try! :)ReplyCancel

  • Joelle - May 19, 2015 - 11:07 AM

    i was skeptical too! thinking no, this is not what i would have done! but wow…i’ve been looking for a large scale art piece (at least 5 feet wide), and now i want a blanket. A framed blanket!

    where did she get the blanket?ReplyCancel

  • Laura - May 19, 2015 - 2:33 PM

    That looks great! Good idea to keep in mind should I have a pretty rug to display in the future… :)ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - May 19, 2015 - 3:07 PM

    You guys.. make the best looking frames/wood work pieces. Seriously.

    And I NEVER in a million years would have guessed that was a blanket. It looks gorgeous.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  • Amanda - May 20, 2015 - 7:12 AM

    Wow! I didn’t really care for the blanket in the first picture, but that last picture makes it look fantastic! Great job! Who’d a thunk about hanging a blanket?! The possibilities! :)ReplyCancel

  • Becky - May 25, 2015 - 3:18 PM

    I love how this turned out! Where are you able to find foam core in such a large size?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 26, 2015 - 7:55 AM

      We got ours at Blicks, but any art supply store should have sheets in a 4′ x 8′ size.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - May 27, 2015 - 1:39 PM

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