It was this winter, freezing cold out and for some reason Hubby was outside doing stuff in the garage. I was trying to find the perfect way to display a family photo I had printed off at Wal Mart and just couldn't come up with anything that was tickling my fancy. I asked him to find an old barn door or piece of big scrap wood for me if he'd be so kind and the next thing I know THIS is laying on my LIVING ROOM FLOOR:
Yup, dirt and all. Actually, probably more like livestock poop. I won't take a guess at which one, because it didn't have a manure smell anymore. One thing about growing up as a farm girl, you get good at making the distinction between goat manure, pig manure (the WORST), horse manure, cow manure (slightly comforting), and chicken manure.
After scraping it all off and giving it a thorough scrub, I found a piece of white poster board and using thumb tacks from the dollar store, attached it and the photo to the old chippy wood. Then I braided some jute twine together to make it thicker and secured it on the back with screws.
Woo hoo for salvaged poopy old wood!
Shout out to Josh Teo Photography, my Malaysian pal, who took our family photo.
Click here to see how this mantel was built from scraps.