Happy Tuesday everyone!
O.k., it's time to reveal the project where I learned to use a biscuit cutter. Ha ha, sounds so funny!! Anyway, as I previously mentioned, my sweet neighbor George helped me with the project and let me use some of his tools. It was fun (but to be honest, I'm glad it's over and done with). To start, I bought 3 6' cedar fence posts from Home Depot for $1.89 each and had them cut in half. I knew I wanted to make some sort of wood sign for over my mantle but I had no idea what I wanted to do. As I was outside trying to figure out how I was going to be able to put the wood boards together by myself (my hubby was at work and this is typically where he "helps" me), George stopped by to have a look. He took one look, walked back to his house and came back with his gear :)
After all the boards were biscuited and glued together, I clamped them all and let them sit with some weight on them. I let mine sit out undisturbed for the whole day, and by the time the sun was going down it was nice and dry. I waited until the following day to remove the clamps and start painting.
If you have been reading this blog a while, you know that I am obsessed with initials and really anything personalized. I fell in love with the big red "R" in my last "Friday's Etsy Faves" post so I definitely wanted to do something like that. Anyway, enough talking. Ready for the reveal???
Josh and I were married (established) in 2003 and there are 4 members of our immediate family:
Here are the initials of all the people that live here (related):
I purchased a pack of Martha Stewart stencils from Michael's to do the lettering but didn't end up using them. I am definitely NOT patient enough for stencils. Basically I free-handed the writing while looking at the stencils as a guide. I also free-handed the big "R" and was hoping I could make it not look free-handed. Did I succeed? Hope so :)
I really wanted it to look old and worn so with my sander and some wood stain, I think I achieved the look I was going for. The "R" is definitely my favorite part! The fence posts aren't the smoothest wood boards, so they already had some fun rough texture to them. I think it gives the sign some extra character and interest.
Here's the big picture for you so you can see what it looks like in the space.
And of course I had to re-spookify it for Halloween :)
Have a great day everyone!!