Update: My New Year’s ResolutionPosted by Steve on March 09 at 11:23 am
Back in January, the Lima Team declared our resolutions for 2009. Like every year, mine was filled with good intentions: to find something creative, handy, or fun to focus on in my off time. After two months and a lot of television, I finally did something about it, and I thought I’d share the results. The “HGTV Queen” (what I affectionately call Shannon, my girlfriend) wanted to make a 3-panel room divider, so I strapped on my funny looking safety glasses and we got to work.
After a quick sketch and some measurements, we bought the lumber (6-foot pine boards) and began planning the three frames. The 45-degree cuts went fairly well after I ruined the first couple pieces (note to self: check after the first cut next time). We fastened the frames with wood glue, then used screws to reinforce the joints.
Shannon picked out a yard and a half of fabric, and we stained the frames to match. The stain didn’t end up taking very well (do you have to prime the pine first?)… So after some strategizing, we used some leftover brown paint from her kitchen that gave it a more polished look.
When everything was dry, we cut the fabric into three strips to fit the frames. Using a staple gun, we fastened it to the back of the frames, stretching it just a bit to make it nice and flat. Things were definitely coming together at this point… with no major goof-ups!
Four hinges later, the divider was finished. And it looks pretty good in person! She did an awesome job picking everything out. Take a look at the final product:
Here are some tips I thought I’d share based on my experience:
- Don’t try and “eyeball it,” it doesn’t work.
- She is always right.
- Pay attention to the huge red arrow that shows you where the staples exit the staple gun. I cannot emphasize the importance of this tip enough.
- It won’t be perfect. So have fun along the way.
That’s it! Anyone have any do-it-yourself projects (or pictures) to share?