…and loads of creative potential

 The possibilities are MANY.

Just look at all that ‘NATURAL’ texture.

grasses, bamboo, bark…….you see it?

I absolutely love the look of this surface, don’t you!

And all it is: leftover scraps of OSB board.

My mom and dad were having a bit of work done at their house and there were piles of this stuff lying around that I think was just going to get tossed or burned.

Imagine how much of these materials get tossed from construction sites across the country. Where there is art, there is no waste.

My dad and I cut them down into manageable tiles and I thought at the very least I could use them as sample boards or canvases for some artwork.  

Then, when I really got playing around….visions of things like wall treatments, backsplashes and flooring came to mind.

I of course, haven’t had time to execute any of those more elaborate ideas yet, but wanted to share anyway!  The treatment for the tiles is simply painting the smooth side with leftover house paint, dry brushing a stain over the top and then wiping it down so it’s just picked up in the crevices.  Seal with your favorite clear sealer.  I like to use soy based ones, mod podge, and shellac, depending on the end use.  Wax is also a beautiful finish, but with a rougher surface, it’s sometimes harder to get a clean ‘buff’.  The top one in the post that is multi-colored was painted with artist acrylics and then sealed with amber shellac.

And that my friends, is your colorful repurposing idea for today….take it and run with it. 

(Then be sure to stop back and share what creations transpired)

Cheers to Life’s Leftovers!

It’s the little things in life that get me excited…hee.

michele.

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  3. CRICKET says:

    Great idea! I am always looking for ideas to display my produce at the Farmer’s Markets, wouldn’t boxes made from the multi-colored, painted sheets look fabulous heaped with garlic or onions.

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