Sunday, September 7, 2008

Refurbished Frames

We FINALLY framed our diplomas. It's only been four years since I graduated; six and two years since The Man graduated (depending on which degree you're counting). So it was great to finally get nice frames and hang them. After each of our undergrad degrees, I made shadow boxes for the occasion. They include a picture, the program, cords, etc. The only problem is that the shadow boxes(light wood) didn't match the diploma frames (dark wood). I decided it couldn't be too hard to sand and stain the frames, so that's what I did. It really wasn't that hard, it just took a little time. The Man asked me if we spent more on staining supplies than it would have cost to just buy new frames. That wasn't really the point and I had a good time doing it.

Since I forgot to take a before picture, here is the back of the frame showing the old color. Yes, I was too lazy to stain the back of the frame. What's the point? No one is going to see that once it's hung!

And here is the beautiful after picture. The final coat stuff recommended three coats with light sanding in between each. I laughed at that. One cost is plenty for me. I want these off my kitchen table!

And here is the final product! I'm so excited to finally get all this stuff up on the wall. Those three pieces of paper represent a lot of time, money, sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears. It's worth displaying them because we are proud to have them.

1 comment:

The Whitings in Philly said...

good job! you're ahead of me...we don't have our diplomas up anywhere. maybe after our next move, when we're really more settled! nice job on the staining.