DIY metallic barn board sign

Hello friends! I have been a DIYing fool this summer … knocking out projects left and right. The problem is … I’ve been so busy with the projects that I haven’t had much time to chronicle them here on the website. #bloggerfail

I’ve got a renovated patio set to show you – would you believe I PAINTED the cushions, and they actually turned out well? I’ve also got a refinished china cabinet to show you. Plus some even bigger news! I’m closing tomorrow on another house I’ll be “micro-flipping.” More details coming soon on that.

But today I want to show you how I created an enormous (as in over 7 feet tall) “Gather” sign for my dining room using an old barn board, some inexpensive MDF letters from A.C. Moore, and metallic paint I had on hand.

My inspiration for this project came from Pinterest. (Where else?)

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I started with an old barn board, which I cleaned with a bleach-based product to get rid of the dirt, critters etc.

After the board dried in the sun, I sanded it really well to smooth out any rough edges. I then cut it to the length I wanted (7’5″) using a skillsaw.

I stained the board using a mixture of darker stains I had in the basement. I think I used a concoction of Kona, Walnut and Mahogany stains. Wow, that reminds me … I really need to clean out my basement. I’m soon going to be accused of hoarding. #nokidding

I used an orbital sander to distress the piece after the stain dried.

I painted the MDF (that’s medium-density fiberboard) letters – purchased for $2 apiece on sale at A.C. Moore – with a combination of different metallic paints from Modern Masters and Royal Design Studio – mostly metallic black, bronze and pewter.

After the letters dried, I lined them up and stuck them to my board using a hot glue gun.

Here’s the finished result:

What do you think of my DIY barn board Gather sign? I love how it turned out! And it only cost me a total of about $12 to make.

Have you made any projects using old barn boards?

Tale of a tired china cabinet (a furniture redo)

Hello friends! I hope you’re staying warm. We’ve been experiencing very cold temps here in Pennsylvania. Bring on spring! 

Today I wanted to share a sneak peek at my next furniture project. I found this china cabinet – or buffet and hutch, whatever you call it – on Craigslist for $40.

We had to drive a little over an hour to pick it up with our trailer, but it was worth it. It’s a solid piece with a traditional design that’s not too fussy … right up my style alley.

I have visions of this piece completely redone and sitting in my dining room. Here is the finish I am going to try and replicate:

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The cabinet has some interesting neoclassical features, such as the lions head hardware. If I had to choose a style that I lean toward, it would be traditional. Traditional furniture takes inspiration from English and French styles of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Baroque, Rococo, Romantic and Neoclassical. In my home, I prefer furniture with less ornate details, but I do appreciate substantial pieces that showcase good craftsmanship and quality materials.

Matt thinks I should keep the lions head knobs. If I do, maybe I’ll spray paint them a darker bronze color. What do you think? Should I change out the hardware … keep it and spray paint it … or leave it alone?

The silverware drawer is felt-lined, which is kind of cool. It just needs a good cleaning.

Here are some of the products I’m using to refinish the piece.

Stay tuned for progress on this project coming soon!

Have you ever defined your own furniture style? The following article may help provide some clarity: https://www.homemakers.com/styles.

I painted the dining room … again

Hello friends! I am so excited for Thanksgiving. It’s such a blessed time of year, to be sure. We’re hosting at our house this year, which means my perfectionist tendencies have kicked into overdrive. I’m still a work in progress on that front, but sometimes I do succumb to the perfectionist voices in my head. #babysteps

I decided recently, after a dear friend of mine gifted me some beautiful pear art, that I needed to repaint my dining room … again. And it had to happen, like immediately, to accommodate said artwork. Yes, I can visualize you shaking your head just like my dear husband did. But … I do love the new color. It’s Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray, and it is absolutely one of my new favorite colors.

Here’s the space with two coats of Keystone Gray:

What do you think of the new color?

And going back through the history of our dining room colors … Here’s the dining room in Sherwin Williams Silvermist, also a lovely color.

And before that … Behr Cinnabark.

I love how a $30 gallon of paint can completely change the look of a space in a day, don’t you?

Below are links* to two few of my tried and true, go-to paint tools … I don’t paint a room without them!

For trim painting and “cutting in” around ceilings and baseboards, I love the Purdy™ Clearcut 2″ brush:

And the 5-in-one painter’s tool:

* The links above are affiliate links to products, meaning at no cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.