My First Sign

After thinking about it for quite awhile now, I finally got
around to making a sign for my livingroom. I can't
paint roses, and I'm not one of those talented
people who can pick up a brush and just paint words.

So, I did it the easy way. I started by painting
the edges of my board black, then rubbed candle
wax around all the edges and corners. (I have found
that it makes it easier to sand off the finish paint)

Then I did two heavy coats of Vintage White acrylic paint.
When it was dry, I lightly sanded across the front
and around all of the edges.

Using a stencil, I painted on my word. I did two
light coats so it wouldn't 'bleed' under my stencil.

Then, following the instructions, I added some
pretty decals that I got from The Decal Cottage.

When the paint and decals were dry,
I sprayed the whole thing with a matte
finish. This takes the shine off the decals
and helps protect the whole sign.

And voila! My wall arrangement is finally finished.

Now, the next thing I need to do, it take that
photography book out of my closet and
actually read it. It doesn't matter when I take
pictures, I just can't seem to make them light
enough to look good.  *sigh*

So much to learn, so little time.


Julie Ann said...

Beautiful, Debi!!! And I love the picture of your wall arrangement- I think it looks just fine! Such a pretty little spot :)

Cottage Flair said...

You did a beautiful job on the sign and I like your whole arrangement going on on the wall. I love her decals. They look hand painted. Great job!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

LOVE the sign, it is so beautiful and looks perfect in your home!!

Claudia said...

The sign is so pretty! Congratulations on a job well done!

Julie Harward said...

I love your home..it looks so peaceful. The sign is just beautiful..good job. You are far more crafty than I am :D

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

It turned out just fabulous! Thank you for sharing. 'cant get enough cottage!

Natasha Burns said...

oooh i like it! looks so fresh and happy and sweet! you did a great job! Yes, candle wax does help with the rubbing away doesn't it!

Elyse said...

yeah! it looks awesome!!!

i love the decal cottage. i just ordered a sheet and keep looking around my house for where to use 'em next!


junkdreams said...

Your sign turned out great...love those decals.
Happy day.

Stephenie said...

Debi, your sign turned out so pretty.. You really are on a creating binge.. I need some of your energy and creativity.. Just love the roses you used on your sign.. Your home looks amazing..Love the wall collage of pictures..

Lynn said...

Wow, it looks beautiful and fits perfect on your wall :)
I always have to brighten my photos in my graphics program for the internet, maybe that's all you need. I use an old version of Paint Shop Pro, adjust brightness and sharpen. Let me know if you need help with it, there must be some other programs out there that do the same.

Loui said...

I've been using Picasa for my editing..it is FREE and so user friendly..I love it!
Try it.. you might like it..
Ps.. I never read the instruction book to my Nikon D-40 either..
and I LOVE the results from shooting with it!
♥smiles from Denver

Viola said...

Your sign looks so beautiful, Debi! :-)

Shabby Kim said...

How cute.. The pink and roses are just perfect. You did a great job in making your Cottage sign Debi. I think I'm going to run over and check out that decal shop now. I'd love to get some of those gorgeous rose decals for myself.

Karen said...

I love this!!!! And I Love your saying "so much to learn - so little time". That is EXACTLY the way I feel right now. My next new venture - SOLDERING! WHOO HOOO!!!!!!