Monday, October 3, 2011

Makeover Monday: 'Life Is Beauty Full' Sign

One of my favorite things to do is giving new life to furniture and decor for my home. What great satisfaction I get from making something from ugly and plain to something fun!

Each Monday this Month, I'll feature a makeover I whipped up. I try my very best to use what I have at home when it comes to the makeover. There is always leftover paint, wood and trim from past projects that I have stored away for projects like these.

I'm excited to show you what I did over the weekend. I created this fun sign with one of my favorite sayings.


It was so simple to make!

All you need is:
Piece of wood
MinWax Dark Walnut Stain
Craft Paint
Painters Tape
Stencil Brush
Tape Measure

Let's go over the steps!

I had this old sign that I didn't care for anymore. So I flipped it over and removed the sawtooth hanger off the back.

The wood was already nice and smooth, so it needed no prep work.

I wanted to create the look of planks on the one piece of wood. 

Now you can easily create a wood plank sign instead. Just head over to my easy tutorial on making a wood plank picture holder.

To create the look of planks, I decided to paint horizontal lines using painter's tape. I love painter's tape, I use it for everything!

So I measured 4 equal parts, for each word of my quote. I wanted each word to be the focus of each "plank".
My planks happened to be 5 1/4'' wide each but it all depends on the size of your board. So this measurement will vary to your taste and size of your piece of wood.

Then I placed a piece of tape at each marking. I don't like to mess with pencil marks so very small marks are only necessary.

Then I placed another piece of tape next to the existing pieces. I did no measuring on this step. I just allowed a small gap between the 2 pieces of tape.

Then I painted in between the 2 pieces of tape with dark brown craft paint.

I pulled off the painter's tape and now I have 3 lines with 4 sections for each word of my quote.

Now this is where you can do a couple options. You can either use paint or vinyl for your sign. You can create wonderful designs and words from your personal cricut or silhouette.

I don't have either so I used craft paint to first free hand a design inspired by a pattern I found on the Internet. It's not perfect. But that's okay because I'll be sanding and staining the piece later to hide the imperfections. But I like imperfections. :) I used a color called "seamist". I only painted this design on one section of my sign.

I already had some alphabet stencils. So I went ahead and stenciled each word with black craft paint to each section.

I used the painter's tape to keep my letters straight. I don't like to measure and mess with pencil marks.

After the paint was dry, I sanded down the wood to give the letters and design a little distressed look. Then I added MinWax Dark Walnut Stain.

The stain really made the "seamist" color pop. The design is subtle enough to add that extra detail without overpowering the the message of the quote.

Now I have a fun and inspiring sign to add to my living room that I created for FREE!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back tomorrow to link up to Terrific Under Ten Tuesday! A fun linky party for projects and fun finds for $10 or less!

Linking up HERE.

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  1. Life is Beauty full Kindra and so is your sign! Great tutorial!

  2. What an awesome project!! I absolutely LOVE the faux rustic look. I'm a new follower. Thanks for sharing!


  3. I love this! I have a board that is stained that I planned on doing a different project, but now I may do this. I love the tape suggestion. I have the "disorder" that keeps me from writing in a straight line!

    New follower now! xo,

  4. This turned out great! Love the idea of using the tape to keep everything straight. Great job!

  5. I love it Kindra and your free hand design is beautiful! You always inspire me girl.
    Have a great day!

  6. I love the sign, you did a great job and thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Wow, how this idea!!:)) Found ya on hop and officially following ya with smiles..I'm Marilyn from and will love for you to stop in sometime...Loving your blog and off to read more :))

  8. I have just discovered your blog & I love it, defiantly one I will be following frequently!

  9. This

    LOVE IT. Sharing this on COM-FB. winks-jen

  10. I like this alot! You make some really awesome signs:)

  11. Really pretty, Kindra. I love the "seamist" color. Great idea!

  12. This is such a gorgeous sign! Love it :D


  13. Of course I love this sign!

  14. You totally had me fooled. Thought this was three pieces of wood. Nice choice in painting the lines. Very well done!

  15. This is stunning! Love everything about it :) You did a great job. Featuring this on my FB Page!!

  16. I LOVE this sign! It's perfect. Thanks for sharing it.

  17. I love that you created the looks of planks! So creative!

    Beautiful sign!

    Pamela @

  18. This is amazing - I totally expected it to be reclaimed barn wood or something. I pinned ya! Thanks for sharing

  19. This is a great saying! And so beautifully done.

  20. It looks great!! It would be so pretty in any home! I am visiting from Handy Man, Crafty Woman and I am a new follower!
    Hope you are having a good day!

  21. This is beautigfful! Love it!

  22. I love this! You are so creative! :)

  23. Oooohhh, so LOVELY!! And you're so IS beauty ful!!

    Deborah ♥♥ (visiting happily from you can drop by too...)

  24. Gorgeous, and I love the saying! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

  25. The sign is beautiful! Wonderful sentiment! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Love the sentiment, love the wood! Thanks for linking up!

  27. I love the uniqueness of this project. What a great idea. You did an awesome job.

  28. It is such a beautiful sign. So easy to do too. Thanks for sharing :)

  29. I just featured this on my blog!!

    And I pinned it on my Pinterest board!

  30. So glad I saw this on TipJunkie! Not only is the sign gorgeous, but the finish is just the color I've been searching for and not sure what it would be called since I'm new to the wood-finish game... Thanks so much!

  31. I have just discovered your blog, and wow! What a talented lady you are. Thank you for your generosity in sharing what you have learnt. I've been wanting to try this kind of sign for ages and will definitely be giving it a bash now. Best regards, Shirley

  32. Love it!
    Can you tell me what type of wood the sign was made out of. I have a project in mind.

  33. What a gorgeous sign!!! I believe this is my first time here, love your blog!

  34. Can you share where/how you got the letter stencils? That is what is holding me back from making signs and I have some Christmas gifts to make. Thanks!!

  35. Hi Kindra, what a delightful job you did on that sign. Good job. Can't wait to see what you are going to come up with next. I recently found your blog and am now following. Please pop on over and visit mine and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would really like that. Hugs, Chris

  36. Beautiful work! Your floral graphic is gorgeous.

  37. What a pretty piece of art. Great job.


  38. I love this, and I'm so going to try it this weekend! Thanks!


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