Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thrifty transformation

About 3 weeks ago I found a very nice, sturdy sign at my favortie thrift store.  It was $6 and I knew what I wanted to do with it so... it came home with me. 

I am a bad blogger.  I forgot to take a before pictures and only rembered on my second coat of primer.  You can still see the original wording through the paint though. 

It actually was a cute sign {when I say sign, I mean the kind that you place on your mantel or above your kitchen cabinents.  This puppy is LONG.  As in 5 feet long!}

But, it was NOT my taste.  It was a little too 90's folk country style for me.  It was Hunter Green with barn red writting and stars.  It said "Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, Live Today".

Once I had good coverage with the primer and it was completly dried, I taped off the beveled edge and used my Free Valspar Paint Sample to paint the center of the sign.

I printed out "Bless This Nest" in a font I liked using Word and used it as a guide to free hand paint.

I learned something making doing this project...I can NOT free hand paint.  Nope.  It was not good.  Okay, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.  I think I need to get a small detail brush and try again OR I should just stick to stenciling from now on.

When my wording was dried I used my medium grit sanding block to destress the words a bit, it helped disguise the childlike lettering job I did too.

I'm loving this 70 degree weather we are having here is St. Louis so now I'm off to play with my little Punky {that's one of the many names I call my 2 year old daughter...I swear she reminds me of Punky Brewster!  Do you remember her?  I loved that show.}


  1. That is so cute! I love it!!! I was looking for a bird themed sign to hang above my halltree but settled on one that said In the Garden because I couldn't find a nice bird one...maybe I should try making one!

  2. This looks so nice. I think you did a great job, in selecting words that are timeless, and will work with any season.

  3. Cute! I don't know if you've ever tried using a paint pen, but they make life much easier for me when I'm doing wording. I am not great with a brush doing lettering, but usually have no issue with the Painters brand paint pens.

  4. What a Tweet idea and it looks great!

  5. Darling sign- you did a great job on the lettering- well done! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  6. Looks great! I was just telling my kids about Punky Brewster the other day...I loved that show :) Enjoy your nice weather! Laurel

  7. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. I love your new sign. It is super spring-y and beautiful! Thanks for the great blog and inspiration.

  8. I'm so glad I'm not the only who forgets to take before shots. For me, it's like more than half the time.
    Great sign! I'm not so hot with painting either but distressing it hides all the mistakes.

  9. Very cute sign. I'm right there with you on forgetting to take pictures until I have already started a project! I've been using a Sharpie for lettering, it seems to give me much more control than a brush but I think your lettering looks great. I'm a new follower. Would love to have you visit.

  10. Love the color you chose for your sign, Aaron. Why not try you hand at some little birdies for it, too. They would add a nice touch. Or just cheat and print them out and decoupage. ;)

    Thanks for linking your transformation to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage