While looking for something in my garage the other day, I came across a few 'hunks' of plywood. I call them hunks only because they weren't cut in any real fashion except to be able to fit into my vehicle.
While fixing a hole in my floor a few weeks ago, to my annoyance, the plywood depth that I needed only came in a HUGE piece. And it was $40 dollars. I needed such a small scrap-of-a-piece for my floor- but I assured myself that I would find use for all the other pieces one day.
And so I have.
I have a very large, empty spot on my wall above the sectional in my living room.
For the last 2 months, since I've moved in, I've been debating what to put up in that space.
Well, at least for now- I have something to put there. A painted wooden sign. And every time I look at it, I have the satisfaction of knowing that I made it with my own 2 hands. I LOVE that.
I started out with my 2 'hunks' of plywood.
I then painted one grey (I picked up a quart of this grey colour for $3 in the mis-tints at Home Depot- and am painting my stairs/railings with this colour as well. Post on that to come), and painted the other a teal colour that I had hanging around, as well (I used this teal colour for the vanity in my last home- you can read that post here).
The grey one I envisioned as a night sky with 3 wise men on a hilly terrain- very similar to this reclaimed wood sign that I loved found here.
First I painted the terrain the same teal colour as the other sign. I plan to hang them next to one another, so the colours will work nicely.
I then chalked in the lettering first. This is a great way to get sizing/ spacing right with no commitment at all. Once I had the lettering to my satisfaction, I simply painted over the chalk with white paint.
While I had the white paint out, I painted on the Wise Men with their camels. I free-handed while looking at these photos as a guide.
I debated using the white for the lettering for the word ADORE, but I'm pleased that I decided to go with the teal instead.
I added some stars in the white paint, and went over it with some silver that I had in my basement.
In the end, I also added some silver to the word ADORE. And, I'm very happy that I did.
So, there you have it, friends. A wooden Christmas sign that cost $0 dollars to make. The plywood was sitting unused in my garage, and the paint was already in my possession.
I will post soon on the other sign once it is finished and I have them both hung up on my wall.
Thanks for reading.