Now for Kate's masterpiece:
It’s official - I’m on the homemade art bandwagon. Mostly because I’m cheap and refuse to pay a boat
load for something I can make myself, but also because it’s a super easy and fun way to inject your
walls with some personality. Anyone who’s been roaming around on pinterest has seen charming hand
I’ve actually made something similar in the past using a stencil that was hand cut by my husband (he has
mad exacto knife skills), but since the hubs was working and I wanted to keep all of my fingers, I decided
to forgo the stencil and try a different method.
Basically, you just print out whatever words/designs you fancy and then use a ballpoint pen to trace
everything onto the wood. Please note: you have to press really hard. I don’t know if it was the type of
wood I was using (cheap, scrap plywood), but I definitely broke two pens in the process. Or maybe, I just
don’t know my own strength.
After selecting a piece of wood from our scrap pile, I gave it a couple of coats of purple spray paint that
I already had on hand. (fact: at any given time, I have at least 6 different colors of spray paint at my
disposal. I may have a spray paint addiction). While the wood dried, I printed out my words. I went with
some lyrics from “Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, which is one of my husband and I’s
favorites. “Home is wherever I’m with you” – holds a special meaning for us, considering we started out
as a long distance relationship and are currently renting.
Next came the tracing. I taped the words onto the wood, but kept peeking underneath to make sure I
was actually making an impression. I used a ruler to make sure my lines were nice and straight, because
me free handing = no bueno. Then it was time to get my paint on. I’m not a great painter by any means
(unless you count spray paint), so luckily, the indentations gave me something to follow and actually
acted like a moat to catch the paint. I just carefully outlined each letter and then filled them in.
much anything. I love the aged look, but I also love how it hides imperfections. Some of my lines weren’t
perfect and I did paint outside of the lines a few times, but I wasn’t worried. Nothing a little distressing
couldn’t fix! I simply took some tough grit sandpaper and roughed the whole thing up.
I also opted to rub a little glaze over the whole thing to make the white a little less bright. I bought this
jug of glaze from Lowes for around $15 for some projects for our wedding this past October. It seemed
like a lot of money at the time, but it has lasted so long! You really only need a very small amount. I just
applied it with a damp rag and wiped away the excess. It’s subtle, but I can totally see the difference.
In the end, I’m super pleased with how this turned out. It makes me smile every time I see it. The
only thing I would change would be the type of wood – I was just using what I had on hand, but I think
a softer wood would be easier to indent. Aside from that, this project was pretty easy and could be
adapted to just about anyone’s personal style/life!
Isn't it so cute? I love the technique because it was so simple and I know I would've made it so much harder on myself! Now I want to do this with some Mumford & Son's lyrics ;)
I hope that holds you over for now! Once I get some goodies in and finish up, I'll be able to share with you! I have big expectations and just don't want to share while it's 'womp womp' instead of 'woot woot.' Happy Friday!