waste not, want not
Remember the chippy old screen door I used in my bathroom makeover?
I sawed two pieces of wood off the bottom so it would fit around the commode. I saved the pieces knowing I’d use them for something. Waste not, want not!
A couple of months ago, I saw this sign in the Pottery Barn catalog. I thought, how awesome would that be hanging in our guest cottage? Then I saw the hefty $69 price tag and kept on truckin.
Now, I will gladly fork over money for Pottery Barn pillow covers all.day.long. Because I can’t make them myself.
But a piece of wood with two words on it? Puh-lease. I can whip that up for nothing.
So I filed that idea away in the vault and got busy with a million other projects.
Then I spotted this post at Lemon Tree Creations last week and it reminded me to make one.
Now there are a ton of ways to make lettering on signs. You can use freezer paper, carbon paper, a blending pen, an overhead projector, press down really hard with a ball point pen, etc, etc, etc.
But as Madea says, “I ain’t fittin to deal with that.”
Here’s my method.
Make a word document using whatever word you want in whatever font you like.
For my first sign, I chose “antiques.”
I printed out the word and cut out the letters. This is the most time consuming part. But I like to cut things out…it’s the former teacher in me.
Don’t worry about being perfect. You are going to sand out the “imperfections” later.
I love how the crackles from the old paint show through once it’s sanded.
After sanding, I sealed it with a coat of clear Briwax. I could have used dark Briwax but since it was actually aged wood, I didn’t need to “age” it with dark wax.
Then I used the same process on my PB knock-off sign.
It’s the first thing you see when you walk in our guest cottage. You know, in case you’re lost or something.
Pottery Barn’s version…$69 plus shipping.