Nov 192012

In the midst of demo-ing our main floor bathroom (update coming tomorrow…for sure!) I’ve been craving a little bit of normal.  You know, where your house is put together enough for you to undertake a simple craft project? Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the big-time DIY projects like overhauling a bathroom, but sometimes it’s nice to pull out your art supplies and create something small and fun.

This past week I needed a break and a change of pace, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving I set about creating something to remind me to be thankful for all of the good things in my life.  A part of me wanted to come up with a beautiful vignette for Thanksgiving, but it only took a second to remember that other than in the nursery, I haven’t put anything on the walls.  A beautiful vignette is a big out of my reach this year.

Fresh from my experience crafting some art for the nursery out of reclaimed wood, I decided to paint a simple wood sign with the words “give thanks.”

Using a piece of weathered wood the previous owners left in the backyard, I dug out the craft paints and free-handed the words on the sign in dark red.  Something was still missing, though, so I tried highlighting it in some gold metallic paint.  Ugh. Something still wasn’t right.

grateful sign 1

I left it for the night, but the next day I knew I wasn’t going to put that sign on display in my house.  Try again.

The second time around I painted a dark green, slightly metallic, background and used gold metallic paint for the letters.  When I finished I was so much happier with the results!  More my style.

grateful sign 4

I put up my favorite wine cork board in the living room with some pictures of our family.  For now I propped the sign on top of the frame, later I may give it a slightly more permanent home.

grateful sign 2

I love that it will work for both Thanksgiving and Christmas!

grateful sign 3

Linking up with the “Dare to DIY” party @ NewlyWoodwards, Decor and the Dog, Maybe Matilda, and Two Twenty One.

  6 Responses to ““Grateful” Wood Sign”

  1. i love this – very pretty and understated. and it makes sense to be right above those pictures 🙂

  2. Oh, I really like this one. Great colors and font too 🙂

  3. Barn board projects are THE BEST! I love your sign, it really turned out nice. And I love that you can always paint over and try again with signs! My favorite kind of projects.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Dare to DIY! I truly appreciate it.

  4. Impressive! AND, we are so GRATEFUL that you are a part of our family! Many blessings! Love you all!

  5. Sign painting is too much fun! I love how yours turned out. I even love the first one. Thanks for joining in on the DIY fun!

  6. How beautiful! I want to try sign painting someday. I love the colors you used, and I love that you can keep that on display anytime! It looks great. Good luck surviving your renovations . . . I feel your paint :-/ Thanks for joining the challenge!

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