In case you haven’t figured it out by now…I’m a graphics loving kinda girl.
I love old vintage signs. I love graphics. I love anything DIY.
And I really love typography.
I have one or two (or ten) pieces of typography in and around my home. ;)
So, it should come as no surprise whatsoever that I would fall in love with this fabulous holiday sign I saw in the most recent Pottery Barn catalog.
(which is no longer available, btw)
It had fun swirly letters and snowflakes! Kinda vintage-y. Very pretty.
And right up my alley.
So I decided to make something similar for my own holiday decor.
I jumped on my computer, picked the font I liked and designed & created this:
And you can too. I’m going to show you how super simple it is.
Here is the printable available for download. It is for personal use only.
I picked up the frame for $1 at our local ReStore, yep, ONE dollar…see?
The print in the catalog had a dark frame so this was perfect BUT my vision for it was a little different.
Lighter and brighter. More crisp and colorful.
So I sprayed the frame with a few coats of Valspar Satin Churchill Hotel Vanilla to get rid of the black color.
My husband cut a piece of board to fit for me. Pretty simple and inexpensive too. You could use any kind of smooth backing/board.
Here are the 2 pieces together before they were painted.
I painted the board (before placing inside the frame) in a blend of Primer Red and Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint.
Either way would work.
(and oh my goodness, I just realized I gave you 3 different sneak peeks of things I’ve yet to blog about but have just recently completed–> my new, no-sew curtain panels, my “new” dining chairs -painted and recovered- and my Craigslist “Baker’s” hutch– don’t look! ha)
I’ll be posting about all 3 very soon!
I printed out the graphic I created onto a clear sheet and used my projector to transfer the lettering (not as crisp and easy to see as a transparency but it worked ok for this).
You can do it multiple ways.
I planned to paint the lettering in with an Old White/Pure White mix of Chalk Paint (Annie Sloan) so used a white water color pencil to transfer the letters and snowflakes.
Then came the fun part…”coloring in the lines” (just like when we were kids ;) ). I actually love doing this. Don’t ask me why because I am definitely a type A girl but this is very therapeutic to me….to my mind.
Very relaxing and slows me down. Requires my complete focus which is a good thing since my mind is always going a mile a minute.
To distress or not distress. I went back and forth a bit on that before I decided to leave it be.
Crisp and clean looking. No distressing for this sign. Unusual for me!
But I liked the look of it AS IS.
I sealed it with a quick spray over of Valspar Flat Sealer to keep the matte look but to add some protection to the Chalk Painted board.
Thanks to my dear husband for holding it up for the photo.
See? So easy!
I love it…and I love the splash of red to get us in the mood for the holidays! (early as it is ;) )
PIN this for later so you can make one too! :)
I’ve also got a couple more holiday things planned to share before then ….some thrifty holiday pillows, something else for the mantel, fun holiday “chalkboard” art and more.
Keep an eye out for them :)
Have you started decorating yet? It seems everyone is earlier this year.
I usually wait until after Thanksgiving but as you can see I have started early myself.
How about you?
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