Hello, friends! I don’t know about where you are, but it is COLD, COLD, COLD here in the south. We are experiencing and expecting the coldest weather of the season. Gosh that wind! They even mentioned a little winter precipitation first of the week!
Today is the first installment of the new year for your Decor Enthusiast team! We took January off. We were quite frankly worn out from the holidays and needed a little time to regroup and plan for the new year.
If you are new to this group, this is where you get to participate with us in our Facebook group and on Instagram. The 411 on the group is below.
This month’s theme is…………..
Decorating with Signs
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I adore signs. I am sharing how to make my Vintage Look FARMHOUSE sign with you today.
- You can find really pretty signs readily available in craft and home decor stores as well as online. There are many price points.
- Signs allow you to show your personality.
- alternative to traditional artwork
- can work in any room
- great in outdoor living areas
- can easily and cheaply be made
All of my signs have been made by me. You can use many different items to make signs. You might just be surprised!
- home improvement centers will cut wood that you purchase
- thrift store trays and platters
- old thrift store art
- baking sheets
- dollar store items
- old cutting boards
- endless possibilities
This is a really large sign. It is one of my favorites to date. The board measures 66 inches long (5′-6″ long) and 11-1/4″ wide. It’s really not heavy. It’s a pine board purchased at Lowes. I believe it was an 8 foot board. Once I positioned the wording on the board, I marked a line. The excess was simply cut off with a hack saw. All the edges and top were lightly sanded.
Ignore that funny green on the board at the end of the board. It’s not green. It’s where the sunlight is coming from the garage opening.
So I started to dig through my stash. No other dark stain in the house. I did have a java brown Rust-Oleum glaze. I decided to give it a go. Now had I known that I was out of stain I would have just skipped the raw wood conditioner.
So what you see in the photo is the glaze brushed all over the board. That’s why it’s swirly looking. Stain would penetrate. This just sits on top of the wood.
I took paper towels and then wiped the glaze all around and off. Can you see the difference between the area that has been wiped and not? I let this dry thoroughly.
This is the fun part. I have found that if I strategically dry brush, that I can achieve a nice, weathered look without having to sand. It uses a tiny amount of paint and dries super fast! This is one coat. I added a total of 3.
To dry brush follow these steps:
- slightly dip the brush in the paint
- brush excess off on a paper towel
- start of lightly and begin to brush adding desired levels of pressure.
- Repeat until you have the desired weathered look.
Design your font and print it on an overhead transparency if you have an overhead. I found mine at a thrift store. Your church probably has one you can borrow.
If you don’t have an overhead, that’s OK! You can use this method and this method.
Project the letters on the sign and trace with a pencil.
Now you go back and fill in with a black paint. I used acrylic craft paint. No sanding needed. Then I sealed with a coat of matte finish spray poly.
The sign is over my desk area in the mudroom. It is really impossible to photograph in here so I took it outside so you could see the details.
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Now check out the other fabulous Decorating with Signs ideas!
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