Sticking with our hang-all-the-things theme in the workshop, we added a big dose of DIY art! Because we chose blue-green for the walls and everything on the (still non-existent) shelves will be colorful in its own right, we wanted the art to feel subtle. And so in its final form, it looks like this:
The working side of the shop is shaping up! (In other news, Scott insisted that the chalkboard skull should ultimately live in this room; it’s a perfect fit!) There’s not much more that’ll happen by the workbench, as the goal is to keep things feeling open and fuss-free – but you know we couldn’t just leave the wall empty. We had tossed around a few ideas over the last month on how we could fill that space – more shelves? Hanging bins? Art? We nixed additional shelving or bins/baskets, as it would just be one more thing to dust (or vacuum!), and this photo idea had been floating around in my head since first being inspired by these gorgeous prints.
We had an oddly fun time getting the shot, as evidenced by my balancing act, below! We dug for chisels, pliers and sledgehammers in every dirty, rusty toolbox we could find in the garage, with a heavy focus on the motto the more loved, the better. For the backdrop, we used a sheet of black foam core (that would later pull double duty as our frame backing), and we set ourselves up away from a window to avoid harsh shadows and sun spots. To get that bird’s eye view, Scott strapped my camera + tripod to our ladder. Perfect!
We first laid out our design on the dining table (you can see it behind me, above), I took a photo of the winning layout on my phone, then I looked through the camera and referenced the snapshot while Scott replicated it below on the foam core:
We had an oversized print made at Fed Ex Kinko’s, with the final size being 32″ x 40″ for a grand total of $5! The same size cut of glass was an additional $18 from Ace Hardware, and we made the frame using the same technique as our entryway mirror and dino DIY.
After hanging our artwork, we were feeling energized and hung a new-to-us light fixture! We picked it up from an Elkhorn Flea excursion (seen here), and Scott re-wired it using this houndstooth cord, ceiling canopy and mount kit from Snakehead Vintage.
The workshop is looking so cute! We may even complete this room before the kitchen – now wouldn’t that be something? As we inch closer to May, we can’t help but laugh that we once had blissful thoughts of a finished kitchen by end of February. That door though! Grumble, grumble.
But let’s bring it back around to fun times – we created a free download of our tool print for you, too! No dangerous balancing acts required. It’s available as a full color, high resolution 8×10 jpg* RIGHT HERE. Get it!
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