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before & after: muni pass wall art + door desk

by Kate Pruitt


This is such a clever, chic display of old bus passes that I’m tempted to traipse over to San Francisco to amass my own collection — bravo to SF Muni for making such awesome-looking tickets and for using great color combos! There are many ways to mount these, but Megan made the smart decision to keep it simple with a large, clean grid layout and use an adhesive foam tape that allows her to switch them around whenever she desires. Great work, Megan! — Kate

Time: 4 hours

Cost: Canvas (32″ x 48″) and foam-tape squares were about $65. The San Francisco Muni passes came from my boyfriend’s 16-year collection.

Basic Steps: I originally wanted to frame the passes so the color would be protected from sunlight, but that got prohibitively expensive, so I decided to mount them on a canvas instead. Then I used acid-free foam tape squares to mount them. I measured the top row and left side to space them and then eyeballed it from there. I finished with a couple light coats of Krylon UV-resistant matte spray. Hopefully that will help preserve them from sun damage.

I like that the foam tape holds the passes slightly in front of the canvas and creates an uneven surface. The silver strip in the middle of each pass catches light differently throughout the day. Pretty much anything in multiples can be mounted/arranged to look nice. Foam tape is super forgiving, especially for mocking things up, as it’s easily removable and repositionable. I already have plans to reorganize the passes, which wouldn’t have been possible with most adhesives, and I am not worried about ruining or harming the passes. It’s worth it to spend a bit of extra time and money to protect your art from sun exposure if you don’t want it to age. — Megan

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CLICK HERE to see Brian’s desk after the jump!

I’ve seen old doors turned into many cool things: room dividers, headboards — you name it. However, this is the first time I’ve seen a door get a second life as part of an elegant, handcrafted desk. This was clearly a labor of love for Brian, and the details are what make the piece. The inlaid top is a nice touch, and while I worry that the grooves might not make for an ideal writing surface, I like the idea that my pens and pencils would be automatically collected in one place :) Beautiful work, Brian!

Time: around 30 hours

Cost: $470

Basic Steps: The first step after measuring the space was to reshape and resize the existing panel; this is a lot of work and takes some skill. So working with a old door or something that fits your space is a good idea for a hobbyist. From there I decided to inlay the old heat register from the house, just to bring a little more character to the piece. After that,  the base was designed and built to accent the top and match the woodwork in the house. — Brian

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