Hello amazing friends!! Today I’m back with a headboard that came with us from the old house three years ago. And, I had it for at least three years before we moved. Ain’t that a shame?
I found three of these headboards for the bargain basement price of $3.49 each at the thrift store:
And because these headboards are such a great shape for a sign, I decided this would become one too! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
For this one, I started with a good cleaning with White Lightning.
Painting a weathered finish
I love this color! I just dipped a stir stick into the Antebellum and then put it into about a quarter of a cup of Cotton and stirred it up. I got this lovely beachy aqua blue!
I didn’t cover the Manatee completely, but left some areas unpainted to give it a weathered feel.
Adding the Lettering
While that was drying, I went to my computer to work on my graphic for this sign. I knew what I wanted to put on the sign, I just needed to lay it out.
When I have an odd shape like this and especially if there is a curve to work with, I prefer to print and cut my letters so that I can arrange them how I want:
Most people have Word on their computers, and I shared exactly how I print my letters using Word in this post HERE.
For this sign, I used the fonts Bodoni 72 Old Style and Good Vibes.
I printed mine on card stock. Then I just cut them out, arranged them, and then traced around them with a pencil…
Then I painted in the letters using acrylic craft paint (I prefer this to chalk paint since the chalk paint dries so fast) and a small brush…
I ended up needing three coats for solid coverage. Then I sanded across the entire surface with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge to make all the letters super smooth.
And that was it!
We live just a couple of miles from the ocean here on the coast of Virginia, and I thought this was a perfect sign for a beach house!
There is a large window to the right that is making the blue look much brighter than it is. The color is more like you see in the in-progress photos…just lovely!
And can you see my sweet girl, Lyla, there all snuggled up?
I just love her to pieces!
This is in my office. I get questions about that wall each time I use it as a backdrop. You can read all about it and see the sad state of my office when we moved in HERE.
I slip-covered this sofa when we lived at our old house.
You can see how I made it HERE.
I dragged this coffee table in from our living room for photos…
I added the planked top and new legs to it not longer after we moved in.
You can see how I did that HERE.
And the tray was a $4 thrift store find:
I made that ugly duckling over HERE.
Also, this pillow was made from a thrift store fabric shower curtain!
I didn’t expect to take a walk down memory lane today, but it is so rewarding to look around and see the many things that have been rescued and given new life!
Including Miss Lyla!
And of course, this old hotel headboard that has been hanging around for six years too long!
One more project done!!
If you missed any so far, you can catch up at the links below:
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls sharing what I did with this secretary:
See ya then!
update: You won’t want to miss the after of this one! See it HERE now!
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