It's starting to feel a lot like the holidays around here! As you can see, we've been sprucing things up a bit and have a fun holiday project to share from our latest collaboration with eHow's Home series.
We'd actually come across a small pile of old beams that had been tossed out for trash pickup during one of our morning walks here in the Fan. Without exactly knowing how we'd use them, but not wanting to pass up such an amazing find, we ended up bringing 3 (all we could carry) home. I'll admit, we have no shame when it comes to rescuing salvageable materials otherwise headed to the landfill, even if it's borderline hoarderish — all in the name of DIY, right? They just don't make 100 year old wood anymore!
The beams had been sitting in our garage while we thought about what we'd do with them. One idea we're thinking about is floating shelves in our master bath, and for our latest project post with eHow, we transformed the longer of the beams into the holiday greeting card display pictured at the top of this post.
I pulled out the trusty circular saw to start transforming the beam into a card display — it's not a tool I use very often, but one that couldn't be more perfect when taking on a project like this.
The basic concept is making two angled cuts across the length of the beam to act as a tiered display, which allows for easy sliding as greeting cards arrive throughout the season.
To get things started, Mary sifted through our holiday bins, pulling out a few of our favorite Christmas cards we've saved over the years from friends who sent handmade greetings or from close relatives who have since passed.
The reclaimed beam display fit perfectly along our fireplace mantle, nestled in between freshly cut sprigs of holly:
...and just under Jerry's watchful gaze:
That's right, Jerry Garcia (my favorite) is on watchful and prominent display in our family room, which is one of my absolute favorite pieces of art we own. Mary refers to this piece as "one of those little compromises" that comes with marriage — and "lovingly" cropped old Captain Trips from the final project shots in the full tutorial. For shame!
Here's wishing you an early Jerry Christmas! Head on over to eHow to see more pictures of this reclaimed wood holiday card display with step by step instructions for making one of your own.