DIY Windmill Patent Print Wall Art #WallCandy


To me, windmills are an American icon that played one of the most important roles in our nations agricultural history. I have dreams and hopes of one day living on a hobby farm with a towering windmill that can be seen for miles and miles. Until then, I will have to settle for bringing this American icon into my home in an uncommon way.
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Windmills and windmill components have gained popularity as a result of being featured on HGTV's Fixer Upper. However, my love of windmills and other implements found on farms developed during the friendships I have formed over the years with the Amish. I have a deep respect for their age-old farming techniques that others may find archaic as well as their nonjudgemental, non-critical acceptance of others. In a world where everyone is interconnected and everyone's business seems to be everyone else's business, I have learned from the Amish that you can truly find peace when mind your own business.
Last spring I asked my Amish friend in Cashton, WI if he could get ahold of some fallen windmill pieces and within a few weeks, he had several for me to choose from. While the blades make a definite statement on our wall, the tail (or fin) is what I love most. The weathered rusty patina is perfection to me.
I want to carry this theme throughout our entire living room so when I stumbled across these vintage inspired windmill patent prints on Etsy, I had to have them.
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I ordered them from the Patent Prints Etsy shop for only $9.50 each (+ shipping). I decided on the sandstone color because it gave it that aged look I was going for.
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How to make simple frames for patent print art....
To make a more unique picture frame for the patent prints I started off with a 1x2 board (actual dimensions are " x 1") and instead of laying the boards so the frame was " deep and 1"wide I cut the 45's so that the frame was 1" deep and " wide which gives it more of a shadowbox type look.
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I cut the frame so that the interior dimensions of the frame was " smaller than the patent print. Then after the boards were all cut I set the depth of the table saw blade to a " and then adjusted the guide so that I would be able to run the boards through it and take off a blades width from the boards.
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This is to allow the patent print and the backing board to sit inside the frame.
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Once the frame pieces are all cut I test fit them together to make sure everything was square and then glued all the joints and used a nail gun to fasten it together. Always use a good quality wood glue on your joints because that will keep joints from eventually working themselves loose.
While the wood glue was drying I took a sandable wood filler and filled in the nail holes and any gaps on the mitered edges.
After that hardened I sanded the frames down with an orbital sander and also rounded off the outside edges to give them a bevel. I opted to do this with the orbital sander instead of the router with a quarter round bit to give the boards a rougher look so the end product wasn't perfect.
After that I spay painted the frame with a flat black paint. If you do a light coat it's enough that it covers the frame with black, but the wood grain texture will still show through.
After the paint was dry I took a piece of 1/8" thick hardboard and cut it down to the size of the patent print and slipped the patent print and hardboard into the frame.
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To see larger images of these patent prints, click the link below.
Rose Lemke - What Rose Knows

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