Hi lovely Friends!
I was yard saling this Spring and from a mile away as I was nearing one particular yard sale, I spotted a trash pile on the curb. It was mostly old yard decor, but I also spied a few decent pieces of wood. Now how sad is it that I would be more interested in what these nice people were throwing away than what they were selling? I asked if it would be okay if I took the wood, and of course they were so nice about it, but it’s much easier to take someone’s trash when they’re not sitting there watching you ha ha! No shame here. 🙂
Here is one of the pieces I snatched:
I figured I’d turn it into some kind of sign eventually.
And that’s just what I did!
I got the idea for this sign when I was in Kohl’s the other day. We were having my son’s iPad screen replaced and it was going to take an hour, so we strolled through the mall. I haven’t done that in ages!
Anyway, Kohl’s had a sign with this sentiment on it and I just loved it! However it was $40. Um no thank you. I knew I could make one for free, so I left it behind.
Have you ever made a sign before? It’s not too hard at all.
I started by cutting my wood to the size I wanted, then gave it a couple of coats of white latex paint.
Next I created my text in Photoshop Elements. These fonts are Felix Titling and Bickham Script. Then I printed it out in the reverse and lined it up:
Then I took a pencil and rubbed it over the letters on the back…
and it transferred the ink to my board:
I painted it in with black acrylic paint using a script brush from Michaels.
After I let it dry overnight, I sanded the surface lightly to remove any raised areas. Then I waxed it to seal it. You could use a spray acrylic sealer instead, I was fresh out.
The brush makes ALL the difference! You can see more about how to transfer images here.
This Thursday is our Décor Enthusiast’s decorating challenge and it’s all about gallery walls.
(Join our FB Forum here and join in the fun. Plus you can play along on Instagram!)
I knew right away that I wanted to create a gallery wall above our bed, and I thought this sign would be a perfect addition!
Here’s a sneak peek of it in my gallery wall:
You’ll have to come back Thursday to see it all. I tried to make it meaningful without spending a lot of money. Using other people’s trash helped. 🙂
UPDATE: Here you go…you can see how it turned out here right now!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along with me!
I love to share at some of these great parties:
Home Stories A to Z The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Between Naps on the Porch Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista I should be Mopping the Floor