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this rustic photo display: DIY tutorial

One time I had this friend called Warrenton. Warry was a good old boy. On our honeymoon, he chugged his way down the whole Oregon Coast, down to California, through interior California and Oregon, and back up to Vancouver. Chug-a chug-a chug-a.


Look, we went to such fun places!

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And did such fun things!


Also, chickens like Warry.


You also like Warry now, don’t you?

Now you’ll be sad to know that earlier this year, we finally made the difficult decision to sell him. There were a few reasons. Don’t make me talk about them. Mostly because he was getting older everyday, and we saw less and less of him in our future plans. I’m sorry, Warrenton.


Maybe you didn’t want to hear all about this friend you never had. I’ll get to the point now. We were so sad to see Warry go, so I made a this photo display to keep a part of him with us.

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This project was cheap as sheet. I used shims glued onto a foam board I already had. Do you know shims? They are these cheap wood things that are shaped like door stoppers. I don’t know what they’re for, but I think they’re not for stopping doors.

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I finished the photo display with some diluted acrylic paint and whitewashing. Do you know about whitewashing? Let me tell you about it over here. 

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After the paint, attach your precious memorabilia, and it’s all done! Now you can remember your special friends forever too.

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Rustic Photo Display




Foam board or cardboard

Acrylic paint



Sawtooth picture hanger

Photos and/ or license plates


How to

  1. Cut out foam board to desired size.
  2. Glue shims onto board. After they dry, trim the sides to your desired size.
  3. Using diluted paint, colour the whole thing. Then, whitewash it.
  4. Screw in the things you want to display.
  5. Screw sawtooth hanger in the back.



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  • Reply
    Butt Toast
    April 21, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Miss you, Warry!

  • Reply
    Giovanni Palas
    May 23, 2016 at 7:43 am

    An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind message! I will continue writing, hope you come back to visit soon!

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