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.

No-cost DIY holiday sign

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy, no-cost DIY solution for your outdoor holiday decor.

When our family decorates for Christmas, it takes days … DAYS, people … for me to get just the inside of our home decorated. I’m typically pooped out after that with no motivation to do much in the way of outdoor decor.

My dear husband put out some strands of light and two light show thingies this year, which makes the place look pretty festive. But I also wanted to add something special to the front porch.

Are you familiar with those large (5 feet+) holiday signs you can just lean against the side of your house? Well last week I decided to make one for myself … at no cost.

Step 1: Choose a scrap board and cut it to size.

I found this scrap piece of plywood inside our garden shed. It was already the perfect size for my project. I think it measures about 5 feet by 14 inches or so.

I cleaned it with bleach spray to kill a patch of mold/mildew at the bottom (these stains will bleed through paint).

Then it was ready for a quick coat of Rust-Oleum® Chalked Paint.*

Step 2: Apply one to two coats of paint.

I chose Rust-Oleum® Chalked Paint in Linen White.

This stuff covers really well, with no need for primer to be applied. I applied two coats to the entire front side of the wood. I added the second coat about an hour after the first coat. This paint dries very quickly to a matte, chalk-like finish.

Step 3: Sand the piece after the paint dries.

I used an inexpensive orbital sander to “rough up” the paint finish and edges a bit. This gave the sign a rustic, aged appearance.

Step 4: Pencil on letters.

I simply hand drew my letters for the sign on with a pencil, using a paint stir stick to keep the lines straight and working off an inspiration image from Pinterest. I chose the word “Noel,” but “Joy” would work just as well for a similar project.

Step 5: Fill in the letters with paint, leaving the “O” space blank.

I like the metallic stencil creme line from Royal Design Studio for small craft projects like this. I used a beautiful red metallic paint, which gives a nice shimmer to the piece.

Step 6: Staple garland to the wood in an “O” shape.

I added a few sprigs of faux berries to my evergreen garland strand to complete the missing “O” in my sign. Done! 

I created this piece in one afternoon using leftover wood, paint and holiday garland I had on hand at the house. I love finding ways to decorate using what I already have, don’t you?

What do you think of the final result? Have you DIYed any holiday decor this year? I’d love for you to share the details of your project in a comment.

 

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