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?

2 lake-inspired, thrifty DIY projects

Hello friends. Today I’d like to share with you two recent DIY projects I completed that are inexpensive and easy to do.

The first is this LAKE sign I added to my bathroom as part of the master bathroom renovation. This project cost me zero dollars because I already had all the supplies on hand. 🙂

Step 1: Cut a piece off of a weathered wooden pallet. I used a skill saw for this part.

Step 2: Sand and stain/finish your board of choice. I chose Varathane® Kona Metallic Polyurethane Finish.

Step 3: Print out letters in the font/size of your choice on a regular printer.

Step 4: Turn each letter over and run chalk over the whole back of the sheet of paper.

Step 5: Turn the paper back over, placing it where you want it on your piece of wood. Then use a pencil to trace the outline of the letter. This will transfer a chalk outline onto the wood.

Step 6: Using an artist’s brush or paint marker, fill in your letters with the paint color(s) of your choice. (I used Command Strips to hang the piece on the wall.) Done! 

Project No. 2: Lake-themed porch pillows

My front porch pillows were looking a little tired, so I decided to update them with new fabric.

I chose the lake-themed fabric on the bottom right of the photo. I found the fabric here.

This is indoor fabric, which I treated with a spray water repellent. So it works best on a covered porch. If your pillows will be exposed to the rain/weather, I would recommend choosing an outdoor fabric.

I cut four equal squares, then flipped the fabric over, sewing the pieces together at the edges.

When I got to the last 3-4 inches, I turned the piece right-side out, stuffed the old pillow inside, then sewed the last bit together. Voila!

So there you go … two quick and inexpensive DIY projects for summer.

Have you done any crafting/DIYing this summer yet? I’d love for you to share your project in the comments section.

Last-minute DIY gift idea

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful Christmas season. We are, for sure, although I wish (as usual) I was a little more prepared.

Today I wanted to share with you a quick, easy and inexpensive holiday gift you still have time to whip up for the folks on your list. 😉

You can knock about 10 of these out in less than 3 hours.

Step 1: Order 1-hour prints from Walmart.com.

You can pick up a copy of the free printable I used here. I also like to browse Pinterest for “Free holiday printables.” I chose 4×5.3″ prints at about 6 cents apiece. I rounded the edges of each print with scissors.

Step 2: Find a scrap board to use for the backs of the signs.

I chose these 2×6″ scrap boards from my garden shed.

Step 3: Cut 2×6″ boards to length on a miter saw.

This size is perfect because you don’t have to rip off any of the width. You only need to cut the pieces length-wise.

I cut my pieces about 6.5 inches long. (My prints were 4×5.3″ – or true digital size.) After cutting, I cleaned off the boards really well to prepare them for stain.

Step 4: Stain the pieces.

I chose Varathane® Wood Stain in Briarsmoke.* I like to brush stain on and allow it to soak in for a good two minutes before wiping any excess off. It creates a more uniform, rich color.

Step 5: Sand the edges of each piece.

This will give the blocks a weathered appearance and smooth any rough edges. I used an orbital sander for this step to help speed things along.

Step 6: Adhere the prints to the wood blocks using Mod Podge® matte water-based sealer. 

This part always makes me nervous, but the sealer dries clear. I promise. 😉

Done! The wood plaques stand up nicely on their own, making them cute decorations for window sills and tabletops at Christmastime.

Have you DIYed any gifts this holiday season? I’d love for you to share your project(s) in a comment.

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