Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Bike Wheel Notice Board

So far I am pretty pleased with my projects versus budget ratio - and here's another cheap and cheerful addition to Brodie's bedroom!  The bike wheel notice board.

I was inspired to try this when I saw My Tattered Angels version.  I originally found this old bike wheel on a beach last summer - in actual fact, the worst beach the family has ever been to (we are all in agreement with that, but it's a story for another time ;O) - I brought it home with the intention of making a bike wheel pot hanger similar to this one from Apartment Therapy, but on closer inspection it wasn't quite perfect enough for me since a couple of the spokes were missing.  However, I didn't think that would be too much of a problem for this project.

I was so keen to get started, I completely forgot to take any "before" pictures of the tattered old thing prior to painting - sorry!  Suffice to say, it was pretty scabby looking.  I gave it a good scrub with soap and water and then got on with it.

I had bought some spray paint with this in mind, so went to work with several thin coats of green, and here's how it turned out.

I really didn't like this Krylon spray paint - it was supposed to be no mess but after the first coat my hand was covered in spots of green - after that I donned the good old rubber gloves, and they ended up covered too!  I'm just glad I did this over a large drop cloth!  The paint job may not stand up to close inspection, but it's not too bad.

Once it was dry I also attached a little piece of protective sticky stuff (you know, the stuff you put on the bottom of your furniture to stop it from marking the floor) to the middle of the back side, so it wouldn't mark the wall.

Then I had to figure out how to hang it on the wall, and dug these hooks out of the shed, which we bought last year but didn't use. 

When I tried a dry run with the wheel hanging off the hook, it turned out to be too small - the bottom of the wheel was sticking out too far from the wall, it wasn't hanging level - so I broke out the big guns!  The hook below was another unused one from last year, and although it's pretty big, it was all I could come up with (I'm not sure how Apartment Therapy did it with concealed hanging, clever things!  Maybe they removed the middle bolt entirely and replaced it with a really long screw?)

The wheel hung much better, and those missing spokes actually helped it to hang better!  I know this hook is pretty big, but the "pokey outey" bits could also be used to hang things from.  Then it was on to the pegs I decided to use to hold things on there.

I grabbed some pegs from my washing line...

And some paper from my stash (these were from a "page-a-day" origami calendar from a few years ago, but you could use anything - wrapping paper, colourful flyers or construction paper to name but a few) and got out the white glue.

I painted one side of the pegs with glue and placed them face down on to the paper.  Once it was dry I cut around and then did the same with the other side. Another coat of white glue on each side as a protective coat, and they were done.

It's looking a bit empty here, but once I added some of Brodie's bits and pieces, I think it turned out really good!  As seen on the right of the photo below, the pegs can be stored on the outside rim when not in use.  I think I may have to make him some more as they didn't go quite as far as I thought they would (I made 13 initially).

Wheel - free
Spray Paint - $4.84
Hook/screws/rawl plugs - from my shed
Pegs - from my washing line!
Origami paper - from my stash
White glue - from my stash

Total cost of Bike Wheel Notice Board - $4.84

Total cost of room to date - $25.82

I am still well on course for my $100 budget.  I am delighted that I also finished painting all of Brodie's walls this week, and managed to get the ENTIRE ROOM done with the paint I recently got from Freecycle - I am really chuffed, as the paint was probably going to take a fair chunk out of the budget.  And so, on to the next project - tune in next week to see what's next!

Nikki x

 You can see more about Brodie's bedroom makeover below:
The Bedroom of Doom! - Before the transformation began
The Manga Dresser 
Paint Chip Bedside Table

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  1. What a great idea! I never would have thought of using a bicycle wheel. I'm visiting via House of Grace's Twice Owned Tuesday and just started following you.

  2. Thanks Laurie! I am now following you too!

  3. Am absolutely loving what you're doing!! The bike wheel notice board is fantastic!!

  4. Very cute! Found you via the link party at Beyond the Picket Fence :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  5. This is sooooo clever! Love it! I so need to do this for my son! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours link party!

    Bonnie @ uncommon

  6. I've been intrigued with "bike" themed stuff lately, what a cool project!

  7. Super cute! My first visit here, but I will be back.

  8. Love this! Such an inventive way to turn trash to treasure.. and of course now you have a great way to display your kids artwork!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  9. Love it! Awesome upcycling -- no pun intended.

    It was an outstanding week of talent at Rook No. 17. Thank you for being a part of the creative energy and spirit that gives “A Little Birdie Told Me…” wings. Hope to see you again at this week’s party!


    P.S. Spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today.

  10. The bike wheel is SO genius! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  11. Thanks girls! And thanks for the facebook mention Jenn, I have liked your page and will keep my eyes open for it!


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