I am super excited with how this project turned out. It was one of those delightful moments where something turned out even better than I had envisioned. I just couldn't stop looking at my rustic Western sign.
The goal: My sister threw an amazing cowboy hoe-down party for my nephew's 3rd birthday on Saturday. I will be sharing some details of the party later on because it was rip-roarin' fun! She asked me to make a rustic sign that said, "Anderson Ranch" to hang up on a tree in the back yard. Here are bits and pieces of my journey:
I was able to walk out of Home Depot with this piece of wood for FREE! Great start!
The only problem was that my piece of wood was silky smooth, and I needed it to look rustic. Can you believe that I have never ever distressed something before?! I had so much fun with my mallet, screw, and screwdriver that I am having visions of distressing every piece of furniture in my home! This was excellent anger management!!! I went to town on my wood until I realized that the opposite side of the wood was actually much more naturally distressed. It had a fabulous knot in it and was already a bit more rough. I didn't even mind the extra distressing... I seriously LOVED it! (What does that say about me?)
I started out by giving the distressed wood a good coat of brown spray paint. See that fabulous knot?
Next, I applied my vinyl on top of the brown coat. I used a fun Western font called "Playbill." I was so tickled with how Western it looked!
Now I gave my sign a good coat of Heirloom White. I sprayed right over the top of my vinyl. I loved how all of my distressing really showed up after this coat. Check it out...
At first, I was a little disappointed because I found that my vinyl peeled up around some of the edges, so some letters were a bit blurred. I contemplated fixing them up... and then I realized it simply added to the rustic look! Oopsey turned into a daisy! I even took it to the next step by sanding the edges of the letters so the brown would blend into the white. Of course I sanded the sign's edges too.
I realized I didn't have any wire strong enough to hang this bad boy... but I came up with a frugal solution!! I untwisted a wire hanger and used my big muscles and rusty wire cutters to fashion the wire into a sign hanger! It was nice to find an easy solution around the house!
And here is the lovely finished product, hanging on the tree:
Deliciously rustic, don't you think??
PS My friend Kelsey from Tattered & Inked was my paint distressing consultant on this project!! I seriously e-mailed her to ask her advice. She knows her paint!! If you haven't checked out her blog, swing by and say hello!