I am so excited to share today’s project! If you follow me on Instagram (Really you should!), then you already got a tiny sneak peak of today’s project. This month’s GYDO theme is DIY Signs and I have been wanting to DIY a sign for above our TV for forever. Well what better time than now? I wanted something that looked vintage, like maybe it had been hand painted years ago.
Here is what I found in my stash make my sign:
I have been dipping into this curbside haul for months now making all kinds of good stuff! Here is said curbside pile I refer to so often in case you missed it:
That makes my DIY-lovin heart go pitter patter! If only I had room to take the whole pile…seriously I think I would have!
Ok back to the reason you’re really here, my sign! I was thinking maybe something that had been painted for a store years ago would be very cool.
Because we are only a mile from the beach and I have a lot of coastal inspired décor, I came up with this:
I love the impact that it adds to that side of the room! And that would be our TV. I never share this view of that side because the TV on top of our very dark console is like a big black hole over there. It’s not so bad now that my sectional is slipcovered white though.
To make this sign, first I figured out the size I wanted, then cut the pickets with my cordless Ryobi circular saw that was gifted to me recently. I really love not having to worry about dragging out the extension cord! Plus it’s smaller blade size makes it so much easier for me to handle.
Then I painted the pickets with flat latex paint in cottage white that I already had. I created what I wanted the sign to say in Photoshop Elements. You could use any photo editor, like Paint.NET, which I used in this post to share how to enlarge letters for sign making.
Then I printed the graphic I created on Blockposters.com. You just upload your image and tell them how many sheets of paper wide you want your sign to be. That’s my kind of math! Anything wider than six pages will cost you $5 though. I have never made anything wider than that until now, and it was worth the $5 to me.
I used this method to transfer the letters to my sign:
Then I painted them in using Delta brand black acrylic paint that I purchased at Michaels.
I used a larger brush for the larger letters and my trusty liner brush for the smaller letters across the bottom.
After the paint had dried for a few hours, I sanded the entire surface to reveal the wood beneath and give it a weathered feel:
I hand sanded with 150 grit over the letters and used my rotary sander around the edges. I did not bother to seal it with anything since it will be staying indoors.
I love how it turned out.
This is my TV console that I was considering painting this color blue. What do you think?
I love the character my new sign adds to that blank space. My hubby even liked it, and he doesn’t usually get too excited about what I do around here.
The best part about this project? It was FREE! Can I get a woohoo?? Ok well except I did have to pay $5 to print the graphics, but other than that, it was free! 🙂
Here are a few more projects I’ve created recently from that scrap wood pile:
My beautiful GYDO cohosts have also created a bunch of signs of their own:
Five DIY Signs by April at House by Hoff
Three DIY Holiday Signs by Krista at The Happy Housie
Two Ways to Make DIY Signs with a Silhouette by Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog
Thanksgiving Sign by Mandy at The Hankful House
I am so excited to see everyone’s signs this Sunday! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram so you can see behind he scenes and get first peeks on what I’m working on!
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