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Foot Board to Painted Sign: Guest Project

22 August 2010

Over at Cottage Romance they made this fun sign from an old foot board, it reminds me very much of the signs at ballard deigns and could be done in any colors or styles.  Check out what they did:

it started out as a lonely foot board a friend gave me. she said do you want an old foot board that i got at a yard sale? and me being me, i said yes, of course! she said it was so cute and she knew i could find something to do w/ it (no pressure) ! so i took it home and it sat in my entry way for about a week, waiting for me to get some inspiration. i knew i wanted to do something w/ it so i could put it on this shelf (actually it was an old mantel from my in-laws former home) that is mounted in the middle of the l.r. high on the wall above the desk.(don't mind the popcorn ceiling,we're hoping to cover it w/ beadboard or something , SOMEDAY!!!) Previously and for YEARS i had this shelf accessorized w/ various bird houses and a cab. door that i painted and decoupaged a flower onto. cute, yes. exciting, no! i needed a change. and this sweet little foot board was just the gal to do it! now i know some of you would've been able to use it as is (red)

in your pretty homes w/ red accents, but i have no red and couldn't change my decor around this sweet lil f.b. so, even tho' it was super cute and a cheery red, i had to paint it. so i painted it my fave creamy white (tiramisu) and then accented it w/ my newest fave blue-green called "sea salt". then i got to the fun part!!! i blew up the lettering i printed out and used graphite paper to copy it on the f.b.

then i added the rest free hand. finally, i used some watered down brown paint to antique it. I LOVE IT! i set it up on it's display shelf and i also "hung" it by adding some picture hanging wire to the back, just in case anyone slams the doors(which of course, never happens w/ 3 kids running in and out!)! that way it looks like it's just resting on the shelf, but it's safe for everyone.

i had such fun creating this, i hope you enjoy looking at it and are inspired to make a big splash or a big change to something in one of the rooms in your home!!! have fun and keep creating! 

Isn't that sweet?
Do any of you have an old foot-board you wanna try this out with?


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