I loved how she saw something she loved in a store and made it her own.
But my personal favorite stage of her process was this:
I really love signs that are distressed but these can cost serious money in stores and catalogs.
I really wanted to do this but there was one thing standing in my way.
My fear of Home Depot…insert any other home improvement store here.
I know, weird.
I see these blogs about working with wood, molding and the like, girls using power sanders, Dremel machines, and I get all nervous.
My eye starts to twitch and then it all goes downhill from there.
I don’t know how to do these things.
I am as nervous going into Home Depot as I am going into a car dealership.
I just buy my spray paint/drawer pulls/flowers and move it on outta there.
But then one day I noticed this piece of wood in the garage propped up against the wall:
And I thought, How did this get here?
It was THE perfect size for what I had in mind.
So I followed Amanda’s careful instructions and bought the right paint colors:
I also bought letter stencils (in place of a Silhouette Machine) which I found on clearance for nine dollars that included the whole alphabet, numbers and even punctuation marks.
These are usually found in the art section of craft stores. I found mine at Michael’s in the clearance section.
I got to work sanding the wood to prep it and then I painted the three coats in the order that Amanda stated on her blog and it looked like this:
Then I added my stencils:
And here is the finished product:
Not exactly as good as Amanda’s and I truly blame the lack of a Silhouette machine here because I think I did a pretty good job at the painting and making it look like an old distressed sign but the letters need some work.
Cost Round-Up Time!
Plank o wood– $0
Spray Finish– $6
Utensils found at Goodwill– 50 cents