DIY wood painting

Category: DIY | December 1st, 2011

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so there was this piece of wood nailed to a tree out front before we moved into our house….and it stayed there for about a year and a half after we moved in. lol. finally took it down (and of course kept it). and gave it a little makeover!
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not exactly sure what it says, but this is before.
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gave it a nice white coat. didn’t coat the entire thing though. then put on a sea greenish color after..then a tan color. i used the lovely acrylic paint. it’s cheap and dries fast! i did the layers while the paint was still wet so it blended nicely. or at least i think so. ;) (oh and Christmas music in the background makes it better).
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so here was the tricky part. i saw this super cute DIY on pinterest and wanted to use this. so i printed it out (it’s supposed to be backwards) and got it all aligned and then went to town (following the instructions word for word).
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but sadly, after i rubbed as hard as i could without ripping the paper…this is what i ended up with. umm, nothing. haha. sooo clearly i did something wrong. who knows. (if you find out, please tell! i’d love to try this again)
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so i decided to just do it the old fashion way and eye ball it with a pen…
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and then painted it. i diluted the paint with a little water to give it a washed out look.
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after it dried, which was super fast, i sanded it a bit to make it even more old looking. does it look like i tried too hard?? lol
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and yay! for those of you who don’t know….that’s when we got married. :)
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our entryway is a work in progress at the moment. i’m liking it above the door. adds a nice touch. :) it was super easy guys! i want to do more! but i have no random wood laying around…anyone close have any they don’t want?? ;)

**don’t forget about the Uprinting poster print giveaway!!! you get to choose whatever print you want. no one has entered yet….so the chances are pretty high! haha.

  • Kelly

    i’ve been wanting to try that!! I love it!

  • beth@dot in the city

    i love it! and thanks for the pinterest pointers :) i have to try something like this!

  • danielle

    love it! i have been wanting to do one like this as well but also don’t have any random wood parts lying about. haha.

  • naomi

    I love this sign! So cute!
    I’ve read (on pinterest!) that if you lay the paper down where you want the words to be, then trace them with a bic pen, when you lift up the paper there will be a little indentation of the letters. It will also help keep the paint inside the letters, acting sort of like a little moat. I’ve only tried it once and it turned out pretty good.
    Good luck finding more wood to paint on! Can’t wait to see what else you make!