A while ago – I was contacted by the good folks at Dremel who asked me if I would like to try out their two new products. The Dremel Trio and Dremel Multi Max. I said “Of course!!!” because I love my original Dremel tool! So they sent them over. But with moving and such, I hadn’t had a weekend free to play with them yet. That and I needed to find something that I wanted to do! (Disclaimer: While Dremel did send me these fantastic tools – I have received no other compensation for this post and my words and opinions are my own.)
Then I saw Beckie’s guest post she did on Thrifty Decor Chick where she showcased this beautiful wall panel. Beckie blogs over at Infarrently Creative – and she is an absolute genius! So I started thinking about that panel and decided I wanted to do something similar myself – inspired by Beckie!
So first – I went out and got a 2’x4’ piece of birch plywood from Lowe’s – ran about $8. I decided to do two vertical panels so I traced out those lines first.
I decided I wanted to do a vine motif pattern on mine, but I couldn’t find a good stencil I wanted to use. So I went back and checked out Beckie’s post. Of course – she traced her design by hand! Was I that brave? Well after much
web soul searching, I decided to just wing it and trace it out myself. I also tried to be “smart” about it and trace any defects or blemishes into the design.
I then grabbed my handy dandy Dremel Trio and started cutting out my design. The Trio can work as a jig or a router or a sander. Handy little beast! And cutting into wood with the Trio was so simple. You just put the bit at a 90 degree angle and start it up and plunge in.
And it cuts like butter! Ooh! It took me no time to cut out my design. Though I did decide for stability that I wouldn’t cut out quite as much as I had drawn. I also left it whole instead of cutting it in half to start which also helped the wood be less shaky when cutting since it was so thin.
Next up – I had to sand down the rough edges. So simple – first I took the Multi Max (cordless and I love it) to the back to take off any rough edges underneath where the plywood may have splintered. Took me so little time – I forgot to take a picture of it! Oops! (Bad Blogger!!) Then to get the detailed edges of my design – I attached a grinding bit to my regular Dremel. Worked perfectly.
Next – I cut some molding out with my miter box and glued it on to the frame. I then took the panels out and gave them a nice spray of ORB paint. Don’t they look purdy!
So here they are mounted up on the wall!
I decided to put them on the large expanse of wall behind our front door. Really works well in the space there. They pop off the wall and I think the cut out gives them some great 3-D depth!
Here is a closer shot so you can see some of the detail!
Ah … now all that’s left is to do something about those vertical blinds! Oh well – we are never done are we!
So – what do you think? Are you itching to get some wood and pick up some tools?
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