The board and batten hallway project is coming right along! I have to take a three-day break from it all since I’ll be working (my real job that brings home the bacon) this weekend.
So far, I can check off the list for the new knobs, lighting and grasscloth wallpaper.
How did that go?
Let’s just say, I’m definitely not qualified to give any sort of tutorial on hanging wallpaper. Thank goodness the hardest part is over and all that’s left to do is the board and batten and a new cover for the air return.
You might remember our kitchen drop station area from the post on how to make a magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery. I’ve been wanting to make a DIY vintage sign to go above the shelves but wasn’t sure what I wanted it to say.
I was looking through my Pinterest boards and rediscovered this refreshments sign from Pottery Barn.
Since we don’t have anything red in our kitchen, I made a knock-off of the Pottery Barn sign but gave it a twist of lime by painting it green.
In the art of reusing and repurposing, I took the Christmas Tree Farm sign that was made from our front door’s brass kick plate, turned it over and made a new sign. So, come next Christmas, I can just flip it back over and use the other side again.
After painting the kick plate with green latex paint, I made a template for the text using Eurostile font. I’m not sure the exact color of the paint I used, but Miss Mustard Seed’s Boxwood is pretty close.
Here is the link to the image above.
UPDATE: I added the cropped version of the Refreshments sign font in this link. Print each image and tape it together. To make sure each page aligns perfectly, I hold them flat against a window as I tape the pages together. The window acts as a “lightbox”.
I printed it out and traced over it using the same technique as the Charleston sign tutorial.
I’ve found that Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint works well for the white outline because it has such good coverage. I filled in the letters with acrylic craft paint after brushing on a crackle medium so the letters would look chippy. After it dried overnight, I gave the sign a light sanding to let some of the metal underneath show through.
I also replaced the galvanized metal magazine holder with a wire basket organizer from Wisteria Catalog.
We are using it as a homework station so there’s a place for all the pencils, scissors, and paperwork right next to the kitchen table. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I found a coupon at Retailmenot.com for 15% off.
Knowing me, if I set foot inside of Homegoods or Pottery Barn Outlet looking for something similar, I’d walk out spending twice as much money on other things I don’t need. I’m much better off shopping online.
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