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….

58 thoughts on “I’ve Been Very Busy”

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.


  4. 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!


  5. 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;)?


  6. 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.

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

    bee blessed

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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!!!!

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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~

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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.:)
    The Tattered Tassel

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