So, armed with a drill, a paintbrush, and a Home Depot gift card..I was set to get crafty. This one is so easy, anyone can do it.
- Board of the desired size of your medal rack (I used a half inch thick piece of sanded poplar)
- hooks of your choice
- Paint - 2 colours - I bought pre-tinted testers that were on clearance for $1 each
- Paint brush
- Drill and 2 bits - large and teeny
- Newspaper or plastic sheeting as a dropcloth
- Creative slogan of your choosing. I went with "Medal Whore", as I am sure you are all shocked to find out.
Step 1Mark two holes in the top corners - this is where you will drill through with a large-ish drill bit to create a way to hang your medal rack. For measurement guidance - I lined the tape measure up along the edge of the board and then marked a half inch. It feels like cheating, but it makes it even and equal.
Step 2Mark where you want your hooks. I used the width of the tape measure along the bottom of the board and then did my best to eyeball them evenly spaced (I so failed LOL, but I don't care either.)
Step 3Drill the hanging holes right through the board, then switch to a much smaller bit to drill pilot holes for the hooks. Knock all of the raggedy pieces of wood away from the holes
Step 4Slather paint all over the board. Make sure you put newspaper down first.
Step 5When the paint is dry - draw the slogan onto the board lightly in pencil or chalk. I used soft pastel because that was what was handy - I found that a faint impression of the letters remained when I brushed the excess dust off.
Then, using a small brush - trace the letters in paint. (At this stage, I also took a moment to run an X-acto knife around the edge of the board to separate it from the pools of paint I slopped around the edge)
Bonus step: you can urethane it once the lettering dries, if you so desireScrew in the hooks
Step 7Hang on the wall
Step 8Fill with all of those lovely medals and celebrate the medal whore within! (not a great pic, but you get the idea)
I'm not one to wait for my hubby to get around to something - I'd rather leap in and get it done - no matter how imperfect. And, trust me - mine is definitely imperfect...the hooks are nowhere near evenly spaced. And I was too lazy to paint the back side. But it is fun and has so much more room to put any future medals I might haul home.
Happy running - after all, it's the only way to collect those medals, ya know...