But still, even though I have beautiful records in my collection, I still never get to see it when it just sits on my shelf. So, for our one year anniversary, my sweetheart gave me the perfect gift--a two-birds-with-one-stone gift that sent my heart soaring!
He and I built this large cluster of black frames to cover our shamefully bare wall in our living room, and finally give my album covers the attention they deserve. Here's how we did it:
Kyle bought some lumber at the hardware store. The boards measured 4"x 1" and were 8 or 10 feet long. He cut them down to about 14 inches long and then cut the widths to make frames of varying depths. The shallowest is about an inch and a half, the deepest is 4 inches, with about 3 sizes in between. I hope that makes sense, I wasn't there for that process.
Next, he cut a groove with a router into one side of each frame. The records sit inside the groove.
We worked on the rest of the process together, first assembling the cut strips of wood into a square.
Then we drilled holes into the corners and put dowels to secure the wood together.
|Add a drop of wood glue.|
|HIT IT WITH A MALLET!|
|Let the glue dry.|
|Piles of finished frames.|
Eventually, I covered most of the frames by laying them on newspaper on the driveway, but it was awkward to get every nook and cranny, the frames stuck to the paper, and it was a fairly windy day. So, later on, to finish the second coat and the last 8 frames, I hung a line in my backyard and tied the frames to it. They dangled on the line and I spray painted them, getting a very even coat, almost no dripping, and great coverage. (Failed to get a picture.) They dried quickly, dangling in the breeze.
Last step was to lay the frames out on my living room floor in the arrangement I wanted, and decide how to group them. Once I decided how many small groups I wanted and how the groups were arranged, we screwed the frames together with 1.25 inch black drywall screws. I put D-rings on the back, and hung them on the wall like this:
|I color-coded the different arrangements. Each of the colored groupings is an independent piece, and can be moved to other parts of the house, etc.|
I love it!