I hoard wood. I’m not telling you this in a guilty confession way, I’m telling you this in a loud and proud way: I HOARD WOOD. It’s a good thing I do because I’m always using leftover bits of wood for different projects. I’m currently going through my stash, repurposing it one piece at a time into a variety of decor items to sell at the markets in October. I know that turning a wooden board into an “old” sign is nothing new, but as I haven’t done it before, it’s new for me 😉.
I started with an old, pine board (probably intended to be a piece of trim) and cut it into thirds.
Then I roughly painted them using a leftover can of blue.
I deliberately left some bare patches as I wanted the wood to show through. Once the blue was dry (okay, it was still wet but I was in a hurry as always) I slapped a coat of leftover taupe and then finished off with white. I let it dry (for real this time) and then sanded the boards to reveal layers of paint and wood which will give it an “aged” look. Then I stained the boards a dark walnut colour (yep, brush the stain right on top of the paint as well).
I printed some outdoorsy type words in a whimsical font and used the chalk method of transfer (colour the back of your printout with chalk, trace over the letters with a pencil to reveal a chalk outline, then paint with a fine brush).
Are you ready?
I am a complete homebody and don’t enjoy traveling so travel often is a bit of a stretch for me. But just recently I’ve had a change of heart. I’m starting to reevaluate my life and traveling with the kids is suddenly on my bucket list.
I love this one. You can explore anywhere – even in your own backyard. There are always new things to see, no matter where you live or how old you are. Embrace your innate curiosity and explore your surroundings.
Fun, right? Remember when you were a kid and you’d wake up early with an unbridled enthusiasm for life and all the endless adventures your day held? Your adventurous spirit sometimes gets suffocated by the responsibilities of adulthood, but if you scratch the surface you’ll find it’s still in there. Adventure awaits.
So that’s what I made with an old wooden board and some leftover paint. I think these signs are adorable and I love how rich they are in texture. I made them with kids’ rooms in mind but really they’d suit anyone with an adventurous spirit (no matter how old!).