Headboard turned Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast Sign

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing a sign I made out of a thrift store headboard.  The very best part is this headboard was only $3.49!! Score! They had about ten of them, probably donated by a nearby hotel that was doing some updating. Here's what I started with: I immediately saw this as a sign. Here's how it turned out: Look familiar? If you've been following me a while, you may remember this headboard that I transformed very similarly: I added hooks to this one to give it … [Read more...]

PB Inspired Summer House Sign

Today I'm sharing a fun summer knockoff project. I love this sign from Pottery Barn. It sells for $69, but I knew I could easily make my own.  I just so happened to have a scrap piece of wood in my garage, so my total out-of-pocket for this project was $0! Here's my version:     I brought in my very first vase of Hydrangeas for the season too! I love them so much. They really remind me of summer. What's that? You want to make a sign too?  Great! Here's a few … [Read more...]

How to Enlarge Letters & a DIY Halloween Sign

Hi friends! Are your knees still shaking from my Spooky Outdoor  Halloween Tour? I'm glad you all are such good sports! Today I'm going to share with you how I made my Halloween sign that you saw by my front door, with a little help from Paint.NET . You could use this tutorial to make any kind of sign your little DIY heart desires! I purchased a piece of 1'x8' pine unfinished at Home Depot  for around $15. I trimmed about a foot off of the bottom so it would fit beneath my porch light and … [Read more...]

Where We go to Get Away from it All

We live a little over a mile from the ocean. Living in our neighborhood is a blessing...and a curse. It's close enough, but just far enough away from all the hustle. Being able to ride our bikes to the beach or walk to the water park is awesome. Plus we really love our close-knit community. But to own a home here, we've had to settle on a few things. Our lot is teeny tiny and we can almost reach out and touch our neighbors. (Good thing our neighbors are awesome!)  Our street backs right up … [Read more...]

How to Transfer Letters Old School Style

I love to create signs and add graphics to my furniture pieces.  Today I'm sharing with you how I do it. There are a lot of ways to add words/graphics to a project with all the awesome cutting machines and fancy stencils circulating out there.  When I want to add a little something extra to my pieces, I have to use what I have on hand which sadly, does not include awesome cutting machines or fancy stencils.  So,  I transfer them old school style. Transferring to Lighter Surfaces: Step … [Read more...]

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

The awesome thing about being crafty is you can make gifts that cost very little. This works out great for me since I'm crafty(and cheap)! You may remember the "Bless this Barn" sign  I made out of my neighbor's old gate. It was heading for the trash and I saved it's life. Poor gate never saw it coming...the sign I made out of it was a Christmas gift for my husband's parents. They have horses and I thought this would be a perfect gift to hang at the entrance to their barn. You may also … [Read more...]

What should you do with your old gate? Don’t throw it away!

Last Summer, my neighbors were having a new fence put up.  One day while the installers were working, I happened to head out to the mailbox just as they were leaving for lunch.  They had left a huge pile of old fence parts at the end of the driveway.  And there it was...just gleaming in all its glory...this beautiful gate: I had to think fast. I grabbed my son who was nine at the time and had him help me haul it into the garage. I had no idea what I was going to do with it ( I was … [Read more...]

How to Make an Illuminated Holiday Sign

The most important component of our Santa's Workshop is the sign that let's everyone know what it is.  Making the sign was pretty easy and would be a fun addition to any outdoor holiday display so I thought I'd share how I made it!  It's not too late to make one for this year.  After all, most of us keep our Holiday lights up until at least New Years, right? What you'll need: 3/8" ply wood (thick enough to be sturdy but not so thick that the lights won't show through the other side) … [Read more...]