Monday, January 30, 2012

Happily Ever After

One of my “virtual friends” noted that I have been a little MIA lately…sorry about that! My furniture projects tend to slack off in the winter months; it’s just too cold to paint outside! And then sometimes…life happens. Last weekend I got a nasty bout of strep throat, and then, being the caring, sharing person that I am…I proceeded to pass it along to two of my boys and my husband! Then my daughter tripped going UP the stairs at her school and gave herself a nasty sprained ankle, so she is in a boot and on crutches for the next few weeks. Whew! It’s been quite a week!
But I do have a project to share!

I had a niece who was getting married in December (yes, it already happened), and I made a simple copy of a beautiful wedding sign I had seen on etsy (note: the link to the original sign has been removed at the creator's request).

Using another of my salvaged cupboard doors (you can see other cupboard door projects here, here, and here), I base-coated the door black, then used my Silhouette to cut vinyl out for the words (those are the blue letters you see).
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I brushed plain white glue on the board, and let it dry for a few minutes until it was just tacky.
(Note: you can also use a purchased crackle medium for this step, and to be honest—I think it works better. It’s not that expensive—especially if you “borrow” it from a friend! But use what you have on hand. Or what your friends have on hand.)
Then I painted a creamy white paint over the board, sticky glue, vinyl letters, and all! While the paint was still wet, I removed the vinyl.
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You can see that the edges are a little rough, but that can be cleaned up with paint later if necessary. However, since the board will also get sanded and glazed, it’s not really a big deal!
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The crackle finish takes a while to really show itself, but it’s so cool when it does!
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At my niece’s wedding reception, the sign was displayed on a large floor easel right outside the door. It was super cute!
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Linking up here:
Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Elizabeth & Co.
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Hookin’ Up with House of Hepworths No Minimalist Here’s Open House Thursday
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My Simple Home Life’s Simple Creations Friday Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk’s Saturday Night Special The DIY Show Off
Primitive & Proper I Heart Naptime
Beyond the Picket Fence’s Under $100 Party My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Perfectly Imperfect {Primp}
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Common Ground Simply Klassic Sundays


Twice Nice said...

Love it! I think the sign outside your front door is a fantastic staging technique. Bet you get some calls from realtors wanting signs they can put up for open houses! Deb

Connie said...

That turned out just fabulous. I like that the letters came out 'not perfect', it adds to the character.

Jaime Costiglio said...

Korrie great recreation and love how you posted it out today for house viewers, they probably got a good chuckle and will definitely remember your place!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the look Korrie. I'm not surprised they're selling.

Unknown said...

I love the saying, and you did a great job with the crackle effect and letters.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Oh so cute! Love love the saying! I know many brides would love one!

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

It's beautiful, Korrie! Love that you put it out for prospective buyers - very clever!!

stop by and link up to Simply Klassic Sunday if you have a chance! :)

Shari @ said...

I absolutely adore that sign. My oldest daughter is already married but I will be a big-time copycat and do this for my other daughters when the time comes. I love it!

Have a great day Korrie!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

LOL, Korrie! I think that was a great idea to put it out in front of your house. Hey, if subliminal messaging works go for it! : ) It turned out really pretty and what a nice idea for a wedding reception.

Rachel said...

Hahahaha! You are too funny! Hmmmm subtle. Yeah. Not something I claim to be either. Just ask Brian! ;)

Your sign turned out so adorable and that is a cool trick with the glue making the paint crackle! Who knew! Apparently you did!

Ali Richardson said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!! I love that sign!
Sorry you all were sick and injured. Bummer!! Hopefully you all are feeling better :)

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it! I've never tried to crackle anything. Maybe I'll give it a try.


SImple and Serene Living said...

So sorry you were sick. Glad that you are feeling better. Love your sign, and setting it outside your door was pure genius. Keeping my fingers crossed that you get a fantastic offer soon.

Gypsy Heart said...

Love it!!! I'm so glad you put it in place for the house viewers too. :-) I'm hoping everyone is better's been crazy around here too. I've missed checking in on you.


SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Yikes, sorry about all the yucky stuff. Glad you're better. I love the sign- I got a cameo for Christmas, still haven't sat down to figure out how to use it, but this is the kind of projects I want to try. Great idea for the home showing! :)

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

So absolutely adorable! I think yours is so much cuter!

Anonymous said...

Omg Korrie--you are soooo funny!
The sign is fabulous--GReaT JoB!
I laughed so hard over you putting it out for your showing! (In lieu of St Joe?)

Unknown said...

I like your sign batter than the expensive one!!! Go figure. lol I was also starting to wonder where you were!!! Glad to know you guys are okay...although strep is a nasty illness.:( Love to hear that someone is looking at the house!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Korrie! so sorry y'all been sick! I hope all is well very soon!

I love how you did this sign! I too have used glue (use what I have on hand girl too)
I'm not surprised you've had requests for it. soo sweet!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I've seen that sign on Etsy and loved it, just not at that price! I love the way your sign turned out. And hey, not so subtle hints are just fine. Be well!

Bliss said...

Ohhhh way to be thinking, perhaps the potential buyers were convinced just because of the sign! It's awesome of course and your niece must of loved it. I also see a pretty cute little lampshade. I'm gonna check out your other signs, but I'm sort of afraid. I know I'm gonna love them and I don't need another Red Hen addiction!


Angie said...

Love the sign! Found you at Thrifty Tuesday today~I am now following you! Enjoy the day! ~Angie

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

So sorry to hear you and some of your family were sick.{{{Hugs}}} to your daughter. I am sure that's not any fun trying to get around with at school! Your sign is fabulous! What a great idea to set it out front by your door. I am sure they will remember your house :)

Kammy's Korner said...

haha, I'm sure the people coming to look at your house will think it's a direct sign from God! :) Looks GREAT!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Too funny you displayed it! LOL! :) Beautiful sign!

Laurie said...

Great sign. Putting it outside your door before the showing... priceless!

KimMalk said...

Gosh, Korrie, I'm glad you all are on the mend. This sign is just so stunning and perfect! I'm sure it was loved and complimented on all during the event. Have you seen anything cute for a baby shower? That's next on my list. (This time of year is the best to paint where I am! It's been in the upper 70s with not much humidity.)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Korrie, What a wonderful sign. Thank you for sharing your project at the Open House Party. Hugs, Sherry

Anonymous said...

I like...I like! What a wonderful saying too, perfect!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

This was a great tutorial. I never thought of removing the vinyl letters after painting over them. How clever. Adding this to my list for sign painting. Thanks.