Monday, December 5, 2011

Merry and Bright


I think that after my Poinsettia Pillow, this is my favorite Christmas project I've done this year.  This one took much less time that the pillow and was totally free!

Originally I'd envisioned a large piece of wood art, from pallets maybe.  I couldn't think of a good place in our house to put it 
though, and decided a smaller scale project would cause me less stress.  Sometimes that's totally the way to go.


I have a few pieces of cedar out in the garage that I got for free (must have been leftovers from someone's fencing project)  They're each about 5.5 inches by 12 inches.  I used just one for this project.



First I sanded it all over.  I didn't mind if it looked a little rough and rustic of course, but not hazardous.  Then I watered down some brown craft paint and wiped it all on with a foam brush.  I did the same thing with some watered down black paint.  If there were any places that looked like they picked up too much paint I rubbed the wet brush over them and that helped tone the color down.  I was going for more of a stained look than a painted look.



Lastly I cut out a stencil (the font is Lobster) and painted it white.  Now it's sitting on my front table, which serves as my main decorating space.    What do you think?  Do you ever do quicker, smaller versions of a big project you originally had in mind?



  
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25 comments:

  1. Easy and rustically elegant! That's my style!
    I love the simplicity of this. Thanks for linking up to Make the Scene Monday!

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  2. Love it! I am going to make something similar for my mantel- thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. This is such a quick and classy project! Thanks so much for linking up with us!

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  4. I love this! Simple and modern..I'm totally going to make one.

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  5. Cute idea! I came over from the Uncommon Linky. Come check out my site too!

    www.mommyforreals.blogspot.com

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  6. Hey! Your art piece spoke to me, so I clicked over here to your blog and saw that you are also from the NW...no wonder!!! I need many reminders of those bright, sunny days we seem to never get enough of. Very cute project. Glad to "meet" you!
    Sherry @ PonderedPrimedPerfected

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  7. That is beautiful and so simple. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home

    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
    P.S. I have a giveaway going on. Come over and check it out.
    P.S.S. I have a linky every Monday would love you to stop by Monday and link up.

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  8. so plain and simple. I'll have to give it a try!

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  9. I love this! It's just so simple, yet completely unique and lovely! x

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  10. I love how simple but beautiful it is. Great font!

    Michaela @ coveredinmodpodge.blogspot.com

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  11. I like it! Very simple but very cute!

    Ange @ decoratingthedorchesterway.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love this! The white letters just pop against the worn wood. Perfect!!

    I'm your newest follower! Stop on by sometime! I have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up sometime!

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  13. So simple and yet so pretty. I'm a sucker for natural stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love simple natural touches! This is really cute. I would love for you to share it at The Corson Cottage at our {Home for the Holidays} link party ~ Carrie
    http://thecorsoncottage.blogspot.com/2011/12/home-for-holidays-link-party-features.html

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  15. Love it! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from DC

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  16. very cute. I love the font for the letters.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  17. Great way to de-stress your project. I find that sometimes doing that makes the difference between making something and just thinking about it. It looks very nice, and FREE to boot! I like the stain you achieved on the wood with the craft paint.

    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog!

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  18. Cute! I love how easy it would be to make this yet it turns out so neat! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Love how simple this is! And I like how you chose really simple words. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  20. This is adorable! I love the simplicty of it! I'm a new follower! I hope you'll follow me back!

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  21. That looks easy.. and very elegant.. Well done!! Oh.. and thank you for linking in.. to Colours Dekor.

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  22. Oh so lovely, found you at sugar bee, loved the banner!

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