I know I said my first projects might be snow related since we had an unusual 5 inch Southern snowfall( which is still on the ground - Day 4 of no school and icy roads! Not our norm!) but I ended up making a gift for my good friend Heather. She needs a little cheering up and I think this sign will have her laughing in no time! We share all of our crazy family stories so she will appreciate this ( and not be offended!!) Since I am snowed in I had to use things I had on hand! I love to paint on reclaimed wood* that would have been tossed. I don't care how banged up it is - sometimes the more banged up the better. Since I was painting and making a mess anyway I made one for our house too!!
A couple of quick tips about painting this type of sign. To make the background a little spunky I painted the board with Krylon spray paint in a nice tan (Pebble) and then used blue painters' tape to mark off stripes. I painted those stripes with a Krylon Brushed Metallic Spraypaint in Caramel Latte ( yum!) and then spattered the whole board with brown spray paint ( I spatter a lot of things that I paint! It adds a little visual texture and color. ) The stripes are cute and make lettering a lot easier and since it's tone on tone it isn't distracting. The best tip - I write out my sayings lightly in chalk - plain old white chalk- before I paint. It took me a while to figure this out but it has sure saved a lot of projects!!
I cannot tell you how many projects I tried to "fix" or just painted over before I started laying out lettering in chalk.
|Then I used a new, never erased anything, pencil eraser to dot the letters.|
*I painted this sign on "scrap" wood. It's easier to come by than you think. Ask your handy friends to save scraps for you and if you ask nicely they will sometimes share the scraps in the trash can under the saw at Home Depot or Lowe's ( you know, the saw where they cut wood for customers) - especially if you need wood scraps for your class at school or church.