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Pretty in Pink

imageI found this lovely shabby pink file cabinet at a local estate sale. It screamed “take me home”, so I did. Feeling like some pink needed to be added to my booth for spring, this piece fit the bill. I wanted to add some shiney gold to give it a little something special.

So I got out some basic gold metallic paint and some butterfly stencils and got to work. I did prep the metal cabinet with a bit of light sanding, then laid my stencil in a fun pattern all over. Got out the sponge brush and got busy with it.

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I applied the stencil on top, the sides and the front.  Once the paint was dry. I sealed the cabinet with clear acrylic spray sealer.

TADA!! I think the cabinet turned out pretty good. A fun piece that would look great in any room of the home.

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Food for the Soul

A week’s worth of creativity is food for the soul…….

in this previous post I provided detailed instructions about how I create wooden signs.

My focus last week was completing a dozen signs……….

Here are some of the results ……..

Wooden Signs

Family

Beautiful

Simplify

All you need is love

 All of these signs started off as scrap pieces of wood and masonite.

Process:

  • Paint – I used what I had  (2 coats)
  • Stencil – 2″, 3″ & 4″ letters (I outlined the letters w/a white watercolor pencil then filled in with paint)
  • Stained – left the stain on for a few minutes & wiped off
  • Sealed – I used crystal clear enamel spray

Most can be found here at my Etsy Shop.

Please feel free to post or email me with questions.

Thanks so much for stopping by our site!

Here’s your sign………..

I really like alot of the wooden signs I’ve seen on Pinterest & finally decided to try my hand at making my own.  I learned a few things along the way, so I’ll share what I learned about what worked for me & what didn’t.

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Materials List

Scrap wood
(I used what I had laying around the shop)

Paint
(I used what I had)

Paint Roller
(I used a roller because it was much quicker than using a brush)

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Old Town Chalk Paint can be purchased at Decades

CeCe Caldwell chalk paint can be purchased at Feathered Nest

Plaster Paint can be purchased at the Rink Gallery

Finally, Behr samples can be found at any hardware store

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Here are the boards with a fresh coat of paint…………if only my blogging skills were as snappy as my painting skills……….lol

IMG_5554IMG_5553I found some cool quotes from Pinterest

Typed the quote using Microsoft Word in the desired font & chose “outline” in the font menu

Cut my words & letters apart as needed

I laid down graphite paper on my board, taped my letters & words to the graphite paper, & TAPED THE GRAPHITE PAPER TO MY TABLE so it wouldn’t slide around

Next, I traced the letters using a wide lead pencil – you can use a pen or pencil – doesn’t really matter just as long as you use enough pressure to transfer the image

As you can see, I lifted the corner to double check my letters were actually transferring properly

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Just a shot to give you a better visual

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I used a walnut stain on the back of my boards
Painted the traced letters with black chalk paint
Stained the front with the walnut stain – the green sign is stained – the red is not

(Please do not mind the mess…….next time I’ll move that orange cord)

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The red sign has now been stained in this pic – you can see how the stain toned down the red paint

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Close-ups

(of the signs – not the air-hose roller-upper…….lol)

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 This yellow sign looks cool as is………but check out what it looks like after I stained it……….

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How cool is that yellow sign now???

And how about that long gray board you saw at the beginning of this post ……..it is now “badass”

The Smoky Mountain Chalk Paint dries a blue-ish gray which is part of the badassery!

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Forgot about my welcome sign til the end when I noticed it leaned up the garage door – oops

Soooooooo………..there ya have it

There’s gobs of tutorials out there……..so grab some scraps & get busy with it!

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