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Nailed It: Sneak Peek

December 28, 2012 | 32 Comments | Creative
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There’s probably going to be a point during this post where you raise your eyebrows at the computer and say, “you did what?” So I’m just going to preface this by telling you I’ve been both a.) snowed in, and b.) a little under the weather for the last two days. Not knocked on my ass, mind you, but just germ-ridden enough that I can only go up and down the ladder while painting the office a few times before I’m exhausted, but not enough so that I can lay around doing nothing without going crazy.

Which means–try not to fall out of your chair– I’ve actually washed and folded all of the laundry in my house.

Right?

I also finally figured out what to do with this piece of wood I hung over the doors to the office a few weeks ago…

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I thought about a lot of things… painting something on it, finding old metal letters to use, finding new metal letters to use, making letters out of tools a la this picture I took back on Memorial:

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Nothing felt quite right, until I saw this pin on Pinterest:

Source: quelinda-crafts.blogspot.com via Kit on Pinterest

(If you’re going to pin this, please click and repin from the original source so it gets attributed to the right person. And look at me being Miss Pinterest Manners, between that and the laundry I don’t even know myself anymore.)

Anyway, the string look isn’t what I was going for on this piece either, but the use of nails got me thinking. Specifically, got me thinking about a 20 pound box of rusty brad nails that I found in the barn when I moved in and couldn’t bring myself to throw away, even though I had no idea what the hell to do with them.

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Then a little lightbulb clicked on, which is how I found myself spending four hours indian-style on the floor last night doing this…

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Originally I didn’t intend to space the nails so closely, but I realized it was going to be imperative if I ever wanted to read the words on the board. So basically what I’m saying is that I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into when I started this project…

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But then I effing loved the way it looked, so of course I’m in for the long haul now. (Um, sound familiar anyone? This is probably a theme in my life that should be explored, but I’m going to be too busy over the next month pounding thousands of rusty nails into this board.)

This is what I think of as a “puzzle project”… as in, not something you do all in one sitting. It’s like having a jigsaw puzzle spread out on the table, and every once in a while when you’re bored, sitting down to fit a few pieces together. Except with a hammer and a higher likelihood of contracting tetanus.

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Right now I’m 4.5 letters down, with 31 letters to go, which I’m guessing means at least 15 more hours on the dining room floor.

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What I really love about this is how it doesn’t stand out too much in terms of color… the letters are made almost entirely from the relief. And you know, it just feels right.

So all I have to say is God bless the U.S. and the invention of cold medicine.

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    Comments

  • Monica


    Ahhh, I love this so, so much. Kudos for taking the idea and making it your own!

  • Micha


    Effing awesome!

  • Laura


    That is just… perfect! Outstanding idea.

  • Julie


    I love it! that is going to look so cool when you are done.

  • Whitney Smith


    Freaking love it!

  • Heather


    Wow. I need one of these! Love it!

  • Laura H


    This is absolutely fabulous. I love your take on it even more than the original.

  • Janet


    This is going to look amazing! Love it.

  • Jeanmarie


    FANFREAKINTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michelle


    That could not be more perfect for your house – love it.

  • Chris


    Badass! Also reminds me of this:

    http://sweetdropsofhoney.blogspot.com/2011/03/3d-portraits-made-out-of-regular-screw.html

  • jacqui Bee


    Excellent, I like it much better than the string art, which I have to admit I am old enought to remember the first time round (1970′s) and yes I did do some macrame aat the time but I was a little kid at school and didn’t know any better.

    • Guerrina


      Glad to know I’m not the only one who remembers and did both string art and macrame!

    • Kit


      I just missed the age cutoff for knowing string art used to be a “thing” (Macrame, on the other hand…)

    • Laura


      Yup, did string art here too. I think my parents still have one of mine in the house somewhere. :)

    • hjc


      String art – yes. Macrame – yes. Anyone else do a hook rug?

      • Sarah In Illinois


        I still have a hook rug in a closet somewhere that I never finished. Patience is something I lack.

      • Laura @ Clydesdale Ranch


        I have a hooked rug that I did in the 70s. Too bad those garish 70s colors have never come back in style or I could display it. People are still doing string art Google string art and select “images” – wow. Who knew?

        I like Kit’s version with the rusty nails much better. Rusty nails beat yarn and thread hands down, any day. :)

  • Margaret


    This really is marvelous and so looks like you. Will the sign read life liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I am getting a different letter count than you. Hope I’m wrong. I wash and fold laundry om my good days. You are remarkable.

    • Karen Anne


      And on another wall, Four score and seven years ago.

      • Kit


        87 years ago holds no significance to me or to this house, so… that’s unlikely.

    • Kit


      Ha. Give or take 10 letters, I guess… I’m better with a hammer than numbers, apparently.

  • lisa


    really super like this.

    i also like that over the last few posts, i’ve come to find out that we share a home state (yay, mitten)! i’m currently house hunting on the east side and before i knew such things, reading your blog had me wanting my own old farmhouse to revamp. maybe with a little less know-how and a touch more “fake it til you make it” in terms of home improvement, but we all can dream…

    • Kit


      Oh, don’t let me fool you lisa… it’s 90% fake it til you make it around here. That’s what home improvement is all about. Good luck on your house hunt, neighbor!

  • Guerrina


    So much better than string art and totally you! I love it!

  • shirley bruner


    totally, totally, awesome. love it

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication


    Looks good! Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  • hjc


    I love that you choose the Constitution-look typeface. So cool.

  • Deb


    That’s awesome – love the idea, love the quote and and love the way it’s turning out! The last time all the laundry in my house was clean, folded and put away was the blizzard of 2009 so apparently snow and laundry go together. My family would like another blizzard just to have matching clean socks again.

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres


    That looks awesome! Love the overhead shot. What a great use of old barn board and nails!

  • Sarah


    Do you ever get tired of hearing how brilliant you are?

    Brilliant!

  • Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life


    This is AMAZING! It may cost you countless hours of your life (and portions of your sanity) but I think it’s totally worth it!!

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