DIY Wood Sign

Wood Sign Cover

Originally, I planned on making this sign for my son’s birthday in early December, but his birthday came and went and then Christmas and, well, here we are and it’s almost March! Between then and now, I decided to redecorate his room into more of a “big boy” space, and fortunately the sign still tied in with the new décor. I’m not sure why I kept putting this off because it was really a simple project – which, of course, are the best kind!

I purchased all of the materials at Michaels after seeing an example of something similar they had displayed. My plan was to spell out his first and last name, so I started with two wood frames. I found the wood letters I liked and sized them against the wood frames to make sure they fit before buying them. I then purchased a set of acrylic paints and a variety of cardstock scrapbook paper.

Paint

Paper

First, I measured the inside of the wood frames and cut the cardstock paper to fit. I used an all-purpose craft spray adhesive to attach the paper to the inside of the frame. Make sure you cover the area you’ll be working on with newspaper or an old sheet so you don’t get spray adhesive on everything. I made the mistake of spraying directly over our granite countertops – luckily I had some Goo Gone on hand!

Next, I painted the letters with acrylic paint. This was the most time consuming part, but once I got into a rhythm it went pretty fast. I let the letters sit and dry for about 20 minutes before moving onto the final step.

Once the letters were dry, I positioned them where I wanted them on the wood frames and used a hot glue gun to glue them on.

Since the base of the frames were too narrow to stand by themselves, I used some adhesive tape along the base to attach them to my son’s dresser top. Overall, I think they turned out pretty good!

Wood Sign

And, my son loves them, which is all that really counts to this mom!

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Faux Shutters

Shutters Closeup

Well, it’s been a long, hard week, but I’m starting to get my mojo back! As you may know from my last post, I had a bad bout with my OCD and it really took everything out of me. It’s hard to understand if you’ve never experienced it, but just compare it to being absolutely exhausted, to the point where you can’t think straight. That’s pretty much how it is – kind of.

I think God heard my prayers (and all of those who were praying for me) because today was better. I felt more like myself – more alive. And, with that feeling, my inspiration to write came back – hurray! This is life. Some days will be harder than others. I know that, but it still doesn’t make it easy. However, it does make me more grateful for the days that I feel alive and well.

With that being said, I have a fun project to share with you! We recently finished a small remodel on our house (that’s a future post) and in turn had to replace our electrical box, which happens to be in our master bedroom. The picture that once covered it no longer fit, so I was challenged to find something new that would cover this obtrusive accessory.

Box

I spent weeks looking for something that would be just the right size. I even had one of the local décor shops looking for me as new shipments arrived. No luck. On a whim, I stopped by World Market one day to look around and ended up finding the perfect solution. I can’t tell you how excited I was. It was like I hit the jackpot – well, not really, but almost! At the time, the faux shutters opened to a mirror, but after looking at the back I realized I could remove the mirror and create an area that would perfectly frame the electrical box.

Before

Once I got it home, I went to work removing the hardware from the back, which was pretty simple despite having TONS of tiny little screws. My husband took a shot of me hard at work – who doesn’t like a woman holding a screwdriver?!

Working

Once I got the mirror off, I measured and hung it over the electrical box – it fit perfectly!

After

Now, when we need to access the box (because we do tend to blow fuses now and then) we can simply open the shutters and there it is. Plus, they’re super cute and add a fun flare to our basement bedroom. Now, I just need to find something to do with the extra mirror! Guess it’s time to get those creative juices flowing!

I’d love to hear how you’ve repurposed new or old furniture around your house!

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