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I should be cleaning right now.

I know for a fact that there are way too many dustbunnies and random pieces of Captain Crunch floating around here at the farm.

But I’m not. 

Cleaning that is.

from GARDNERS 2 BERGERS

Instead I’m spending all my time over here.

At Becca’s. 

*sigh*

Becca is like the prom queen and president of student council all rolled into one. 

I’m actually a little in awe of her super-talented self.  If we were to schedule a blogger meeting and all the bloggers met together, I would want to sit by Becca.  You would too, but I would call first dibs and put my backpack next to hers.

And then I would ask her question after question like:

How did you know faux zinc would look so good on a letter?

And how come your tufted ottoman looks so much cuter than the Ballard Designs one for half the price?

And where did you get that cute aqua clock in your living room?

And then I would ask her to sign my yearbook.

*sigh*

Right now I haven’t heard about a giant blogger meeting, so I’ll have to be content with visiting her and learning and following and being generally inspired.  And featuring her favorite project on my blog.  After you read all about her project, I know you will want to stop by and tell her hello.

You are going to love her.

And you might want to bring your yearbook, too 🙂

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Hello Thistle Wood Farm readers!
Karianne and I are blog swapping today and I’m super
excited to chat with you all! I run a DIY blog and I mainly focus on finding
ways to MAKE the beautiful things I find in stores. Sometimes I’m trying
to recreate something high end and expensive. Then, other times, I’m making
a brand spankin new item look vintage to save some dinero or cause I can’t find exactly what I want.
 
 
 
Back in December I shared a Restoration Hardware  eye chart copy.  It was inspired by this little guy right here.
 
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And I mentioned that I wasn’t stoked with it’s placement on the gallery wall. I feel like the black was too heavy for the wall. It kept pulling my eye to the bottom corner like a black hole or an eye chart magnet!

I know, I know- you couldn’t tell from the pics I posted. Well, that’s cause I totally moved some frames around and intentionally only took pics of half the photo wall. Sooo sneaky, I know! But now you know the ugly truth- so this is how I fixed it.

After some thought I figured the perfect solution would be to move the eye chart to the opposite wall from the gallery. {see? ☝} I figured I’d turn my print into some canvas art and, while I was at it, I’d make something larger scale to fill up that blank space. 
 

 I felt my “Tumbling E” eye chart
Back to the eye charts-here’s the low down for the directions-would look lonely and kinda sad by itself- so I whipped up another eye chart. This time it was Restoration Hardware’s more traditional “Letters” chart.

 I make my eye charts in  Microsoft Word Publisher- which is awesome cuz it’s free, yo!  I wrote up all the nitty gritty details here-when I showed how to mimic Z Gallerie’s subway art.

Making an eye chart is a piece of cake. 

1] Select a font. I looked for fonts here.

2] Create columns on both sides of the page. This is where you will put the distances on each side.

3] Fill in the numbers/letters you want.

4] Choose background colors to create a worn/distressed or weathered look. Again, the tutorial for that stage is found here.

-TIP-When I made my 2nd eye chart {the “letters” version} all I did was adapt my 1st “Tumbling E’s” eye chart. I replaced the “E’s” with the right letters, using the sizes and spacing as a guide. I also changed up the shading effects for the background- to make sure the two versions wouldn’t look like clones of each other.

5] Print’em up. I had my posters printed up at Staples cuz they’re the cheapest. They only cost me $3.50 since I printed them in black and white.

6] Attach them to a canvas. I use Mod Podge to do this-mostly because I like the glossy finish when it’s done.

7] The letters on RH’s eye charts are tan-ish. Since I didn’t want to pay for a color print {they’re crazy expensive}, I painted over top of my letters. I used craft paint mixed with a little glaze to turn my letters off-white.

I really like that it makes the signs look hand painted and it creates more dimension to the finished piece.

 
You can see the eye charts from every angle in the entry/ livingroom/hallway. One of the benefits of condo living? {yeah right}

My canvases are 18″x24″ and cost like 5 bucks for both. The prints cost me $3.50.  Now Restoration Hardware’s canvases are 24″x30″ and cost $345 EACH for that size!! Aye! That’s a savings of $682.50!!!! Don’t you just absolutely lurve when that happens! That’s all folks- DIY eye charts and saving some dough!

So, what do you guys think?! What have you guys hacked lately?

I am super glad Karianne had me over today- it was awesome chatting with you guys. I hope you’ll visit me at my place!

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PS  Don’t forget tomorrow is the It’s a Cinch Linky Party.  6am sharp CST.  Link up your cinchy projects grab a button and let’s party like we are all prom queens.

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