A while ago a good friend asked if I’d make her a display to hold all of her race medals. She is a health and wellness rock-star. I can always count on her to provide motivation on a daily basis to get up and move. Sitting at home on the couch vegging out is never an option. She does it all. She runs, swims, lifts weights. She’s a triathlete. She works out literally every day of the week. And she still manages to take care of others. She is a mother, a wife, a sister, daughter, friend and she is a survivor. She runs with a purpose. For her, running is a gift from God and she believes ‘as long as someone can benefit from [her] testimony, beat cancer, begin to exercise and live healthier…WE ALL WIN!’
So to make this medal holder, for a dear friend who is an absolute inspiration to those privileged to be in her presence, was truly an honor.
I made the holder using the drawer fronts of an old wooden dresser. Earlier I’d used the trim molding from these drawer fronts to create a picture frame.
So taking the remaining lower portion of the two drawer fronts, used earlier to create picture frame, I joined it using pocket screws and wood glue to create 1 larger board.
Next was creating the trim. I had a huge stack of cherry flooring I’d found at my local thrift store. It was perfect because it was 3/4″ in thickness (same as the thickness of the actual boards). Using a table saw I cut flooring lengthwise in half. Then using a miter saw cut the 45 degree angles for the frame.
Using Wood glue, painters tape and a small Brad nailer/Stapler gun I attached the cherry trim.
For additional detailing to provide a more finished look, I added quarter round pieces within the cherry trim. Then I applied wood putty to cover any nail holes or imperfections in the wood and proceeded with a light sanding.
Once the actual frame is complete you can personalize to your need.
I used stickers from a local craft store. I attached the stickers and picture and race tag clips using a hot glue gun.
For the hooks, I spray painted half dark brown metallic color and the other half pink.
Once completed I couldn’t wait to share with my friend. She’s the only person I know that still uses the word “playa.”
“LIFE is a song…sometimes a hymn…other times a ballad…upbeat…or slow tempo…nonetheless…its your song..listen to your life’s music…dance to it, cry with it and most important…RUN wit it! #letHIMuseU #canUsing #ifNotdenjuswaveyoHAND” ~The words of a true “Playa”