I am guest posting at Kristen Duke Photography today as part of her Decorating with Portraits series. Definitely go check it out, the whole series is so fun!
In the meantime, I wanna show you this sign I made:
I just finished re-doing my dining room gallery wall. Before was a sad story…black, black, black. And outdated pictures.
I was sick to death of the black frames I had for years and wanted to infuse this wall with lots of color and brightness. So I sprayed the frames green and glazed them with dark brown to give it an aged look. Then I took my kids outside and did some pictures. I love how the color pictures look in the bright color frames. And yes, I did coordinate my baby girl’s outfit to go with the colors. Haha.
The instructions on how to make this type of sign is very straight forward. I used some old planks I had leftover from another project. I mixed acrylic paints to get the right colors and painted them. And I distressed them a little by rubbing the planks together on the edges.
I picked this super cute quote from Winnie the Pooh because it reminded me of childhood and it was so sweet. I cut out a stencil in my Silhouette and here are my tips:
1) You might want to use contact paper but if it’s clear, don’t do it! It’s really hard to see when you put it on the wood and near impossible to get it straight. That’s why the word ‘day’ is crooked…because I used my clear contact paper first. Once I switched to black vinyl it was a zillion times easier.
2) Trim the vinyl on a paper cutter so you can line it up along the bottom or top. That’s how you can keep all the words straight. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I started. Maybe I wouldn’t have stayed up till 2:30 am finishing.
3) When you paint the stencil, use the blotting method rather than back and forth strokes. And then remove the stencil before the paint has dried.
To get all the planks together, I just super glued them. And I used a wire thing for a hanger. If that’s vague enough for ya.