Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I've Been Very Busy

I have been really busy the last couple of weeks working on some way overdue projects and organizing.  I showed you the recovered dining room chairs in my last post.  If you missed this you can see it  here.
At my favorite local junk shop I found what I believe is part of a foot board for $3.00.  The size and shape was perfect for a sign I had in mind.



I sanded then dry brushed the wood with a mix of white and cream craft paint


Here is the  font I chose and then enlarged..  Using carbon paper I traced the letters to the board and then painted with a paint pen. The paint pen is the absolute best thing to use on a project like this. Saves tons of time and it is easy to get clean, crisp lines.  Some sanding and Ralph Lauren smoke glaze and the sign was finished.  My cost was the $3.00 piece of wood and $2.25 for the paint pen. Everything else was left over from previous projects.


 

I am happy with the results, especially since it is my first attempt at making a sign  Notice the address...Carroll is my last name!


This is the signs new home!


A sneak peek at what else we have been up to....


I'll be partying this week with the following lovely ladies:

58 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sherry, I LOVE the sign you painted. That was the first time. You are a pro already. I don't even know how to do that. I love signs. I also see my favorite jugs on the floor. Wow, you have quite a collection. I just won another one on ebay for 17.00 Yay. I can't wait to get it.

Crystal said...

The sign is so awesome!! What a great idea....and I think I should invest in a paint pen!!! Thanks!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I see you have some of those wine jugs that Kim has been posting about! Love the sign. It really came out great on that board. Looks like it always belonged there!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Very nice!

Cathy said...

What a wonderful idea and what a great price! Very nice!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love your sign! It's gorgeous!!

Toni L said...

Not kidding, I am IN LOVE with this! You did a fantastic job and you can't beat under 5 bucks!

Chateau Chic Boutique said...

LOVE IT! What an excellent job you've done! Great score on that footboard by the way. It looks great in your beautiful home.

Blessings,
Missy

Terri said...

Wow, that sign is AMAZING! I'd never believe it was a first attempt..... You've got my wheels in motion..... Thanks for sharing.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is a great job!! I have tried signs so many times and I have never been happy with the results! I have used paint pens when I have attempted. You said you picked a font and then enlarged it, did you do the enlarging on your own copier or at a copy center? thank you for the inspiration, I may try again.

Carol

Nancy said...

Sherry,

Your sign is fantastic! And, I love that you were able to incorporate your last name. Fantastic! Looks great there with all the blue wares and those baskets!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Nancy

the thrifty ba said...

what a great eye you have. you always surprise me!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

I'm SO inspired! Absolutely love the sign and my mind is now full of ideas of things I might want to try. Thanks so much!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

LOVE the sign...you talented thing! It looks perfect above your beautiful rack! I love th way you have that dressed!

I can't wait to see your finished project...what are you up too;)?

Enjoy!
Cathy

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Love!! What a find and you did a wonderful job with it...very nice:)

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love your sign and the twist on your name, so cute and clever! It very much has a vintage, French look and it looks authentic. Wonderful job!

Bonnie said...

Love your sign. You did a great job. So eye catching!

I love your wine bottle collection and your transferware. The vignette you have created is full of conversation pieces.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Sherry thanks, enlarging the letters and then taping them together was the secret...I got it!

Carol

sissie said...

Hi Sherry!
I am so impressed with your sign. You have outdone yourself. For someone who has never made a sign before, it's really wonderful.

Love where you hung it too.

hugs
Sissie

Mary Ellen said...

Wow what a great job on that sign!!! I love the scrolly work on the top too!! Great job!!

bee blessed
mary

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Fabulous.. I am having a CSN Giveway on my blog My Dream Canvas and would love fo you to drop by.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Great vision: what a wonderful sign you made!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Super....I so love this idea! A lot of work, but boy does it pay off in the end.

For your convenience, Here Is My Show and Tell Bargain Link. Hope to see you visit with me.

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

WOW!! That looks awesome. Where can I score a "paint pen" Im off to Michaels crafts this morning. I hope I find one - thanks for the tip.

Tins and Treasures said...

I just love how your sign turned out. What a lucky find!

Have a fabulous Friday. ~Natalie

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French-Kissed said...

Hi Sherry,

GORGEOUS!!! What an eye you have seeing the possibilities for this random foot board piece. The result is wonderful and I also adore the whole baker's rack vignette it was added to. It looks authentic and like something that should have cost a bundle.

~jermaine~

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Love that sweet sign!! Great job!!

Debbie

AJ Carroll said...

I was groovin' on this project by the second pic. but when I saw the finished project I about fell outta my chair.....my last name is CARROLL too!!!! Awesome!!!!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh my goodness... I love it!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good night!
Leticia
www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

Denise Marie said...

great sign and wonderful price.

Nancy said...

Sherry, I LOVE your sign! And, girl I love that bakers rack! Nancy

Theresa said...

Hi Sherry! Love your new sign, would never have thought it was the first one you ever did if you didn't tell us! It looks perfect in it's new home! gotta go see those chairs now...Theresa

Beeutiful by Design said...

Oh my I love that sign - are you sure you didn't jet over the Paris fleamarket to pick that up this weekend? Enjoyed your post! Jennifer

The Inspired Nest said...

I want one! (Cried in my best 3 yr. old voice!)
Seriously, the sign is great! I love it!

Jennifer said...

It looks awesome!!!!! you did so good!!!
~Jennifer

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sherry,
That sign is soooo PRETTY...you did an outstanding job on it and I love all those jugs:)

Blessings,
Linda

June said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sign Sherry. What a great stroke of genius...seeing the potential in this great piece!
I hope you have a wonderful trip to the mountains sweetie. It sounds so awesome to get away for awhile.
I thank you, thank you for your dear words of congratulations! It means so much!
hugs

Rene said...

Wow! You did a great job! Enjoy your trip to VA.

-Rene

Mary said...

Hi Sherry, I happened to see your wonderful project on Cindy's Show & Tell Friday. Because I have an old footboard taking up room in my basement, I came over to take a look. Your sign turned out beautifully, and imagine my surprise when I saw that we share a last name! :)

I'm off to take a wander through your past posts... have a wonderful week!
xoxo,
Mary

LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Hi.....I love that sign! I so need to find a footboard or maybe small headboard. Great idea...thanks for sharing!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sherry, that's a great looking sign! You did a good job on it. Love your find.

Kim said...

What a perfect idea for that footboard - great job!

Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love the sign you made. It had a great shape to begin with and you did a great job on the lettering!

Pam said...

Very cute sign. You did a great job for it being your first!

Terrell said...

Love this sign! I have been wanting to paint one up that has a similar message. I just haven't found the time! ha!! I hope your trip is so relaxing and full of great times!! All the best always,
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Sue said...

What a pretty, pretty sign! I love the baker's rack full of blue/white dishes and the wrapped bottles underneath. Gorgeous vignette.
:-) Sue

decdiva1 said...

hi sherry, i LOVE your sign! it is so frsh and shabby chic at the same time! i'll have try those paint pens-sounds like it would save time! thanks for visiting cottagromance.blogspot.com and my FOOT BOARD SIGN! thanks for your kind comment and the invite to see your sign! great job!

Marlee said...

What a darling one of a kind sign! Love that you personalized it with your last name.

Marlee

Patti said...

What great vision you have...love how it turned out! Thanks for visiting Pandora's Box

~ Regan said...

Wow, Sherry! THat turned out terrific! Great job!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

using the footboard was genius. It turned out great! laurie

Pamela said...

loving the sign! I am wanting to maybe make some thing like that for our office.

Manuela@TPOH said...

That sign is just awesome! Looks like something from Ballard!

Manuela

julie said...

Love, love, love this sign. What a great idea for transferring the letters too! It looks perfect displayed over your baker's rack.

Ann said...

What a fantastic looking sign! Good eye to spot it and then know exactly what you wanted to re make it into.
Have fun in the mountains of VA! I just love that state.:)
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

32˙North said...

Hi Sherry,

Great project - isn't it nice to come up with something that works on so many levels for such a modest price?

Amanda

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Hi Sherry ~ I need to get one of those paint pens - great job.