Happy Monday Friends! Do you feel Grateful, Thankful, Blessed?? I do! And I’m sharing it with you. :)
I’m loving this brand new sign I created and am so excited to be a part of a Thanksgiving Home Hop put together by Porch.com today.
So… did I mention the Home Hop included a bunch of fabulously talented bloggers?
The challenge for this Home Hop was to create a Thanksgiving themed project for under $30.
I can’t wait to see what they created!
Well y’all know that is right up my alley.
So much so that I created my project for……$0.
Yep. Technically it did cost something but I had everything on hand already.
I purchased nothing to make this project and what it would have cost is still well below $30.
Here’s the “Grateful, Thankful, Blessed sign I made …
Grateful, Thankful, Blessed.
Because honestly, I couldn’t think of anything better that describes how I feel at Thanksgiving.
OR all year long, for that matter.
So that is why I am guessing this sweet little sign may stay up permanently.
It’s currently in my dining room above my brand new mirror.
I’ll be updating you guys with some of the changes in this room soon.
I think it looks just perfect there.
And I’m SO loving the new more neutral color in here (bye bye yellow!)
I also said bye bye to the yellow in my kitchen too. (and the gallery wall I had in there)
All new wall decor coming soon in there too. :)
So here’s how I made this Grateful, Thankful, Blessed sign.
I went down into the hoarder’s paradise…um, my garage and found this.
Perfect size and ready to go!
I LOVE when that happens. I didn’t have to do a thing to this piece of wood.
Well, except lightly sand the edges a bit.
Then I used this fabulous “weathering” product again. ( Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish)
You may remember I used it to make this other –> “Give Thanks” sign recently.
I applied several coats, drying a bit in between, to get it a bit darker than what you see here.
It’s great stuff.
There really is no special technique to applying this. Just brush it on.
It couldn’t be easier.
Be sure to PIN this if you want to recreate the “driftwood” appearance! :)
Once I had it as dark as I wanted, I did a light wash of white over top.
(I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this)
Then I created these graphics…..
Isn’t that font lovely? (it’s called Salamander Script)
I added “flourishes” to some of the letters. You can see on the “T’s” that I have two cross bars.
When I transferred I just ignored the short one and transferred the long, flourished one.
I printed it out using blockposters.com, shaded the back with chalk and laid over the board where I wanted it.
(measure to be sure it’s even on both sides, top and bottom)
Then I traced with a pencil.
Want even more ways to transfer?? Check out my “How To Transfer Graphics” post! (sharing all the techniques I use)
You can see that the chalk transfers really well. (better on porous surfaces than slick)
Then I started painting those letters in by hand with a few artist’s brushes.
I love doing this actually. It’s so peaceful to me.
My mind therapy….and I needed it when I did this!
I had some technical issues on the blog that I had been working on and I needed to step .. away .. from the computer. ;)
It might look a bit time consuming but it only took about 30 minutes to do.
Here it is before I lightly sanded to distress it…and before it got a coat of clear wax to seal it.
I added a small hanger on the back (one I had leftover also).
You can see the natural wood and where the “Driftwood” ran around to the back.
Distressed, waxed and hung on the wall.
See the little hint of pale whitewash over the front?
That is what I added with the Chalk Paint earlier.
I think it really adds to the weathered look.
Such an easy and very inexpensive project.
Do you think you might make one too?
PIN this so you can come back to it later! :)
You don’t have to make it “weathered”. You could paint the board a color (aqua? :) ) and use white letters.
Or paint it white and use black lettering.
Lots of options. This is just one way.
I’d love to see if you do decide to make one!
If you liked this, you might also like this project:
Get the full tutorial and details in this post here >>> “DIY Gather Sign”
Now follow along the Thanksgiving Home Hop so you don’t miss any of this Thanksgiving goodness going on today!
Next stop is with the fabulous KariAnne
over at Thistlewood Farm. (<– click here to visit)
I’ll see you guys later this week with round 2 of “Holiday Decor Ideas”!
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