I so want this! Lord, would You bless our home? Would you fill it with Your presence? Would you work in each of us, transforming us in ways that only You can? These are things I often ask Him. This year, our homeschool co-op’s theme is “Bless This Home.” I volunteered to make a sign to be used for as our front cover picture for our handbook. I had never done anything like it before, but had always wanted to try it out. Once I volunteered for this, I had a deadline, which sometimes is what we need in order to get something done. Agree?
We had some old adirondack chairs that started out as brown in color and were repainted a turquoise color. With sun beating down on them all day every day, it didn’t take long for them to become extremely weathered-looking and feeling. One afternoon, my husband and I were sitting in them chatting and one of the arms suddenly cracked off the chair. It was time to repurpose that wood. A few soft wacks with a hammer and both chairs were nothing but individual boards. We took the pieces that were relatively even and solid and repurposed them into a square sign. My husband power-washed it to get it clean for a repaint, however, after he was finished, we both really liked how it looked so we left it rustic and weathered.
With the help of the Cricut and posterboard, I used the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge and a mat that measured 12″ x 24″ and cut the stencil. Using a temporary multi-purpose spray adhesive, I stuck the stencil onto the wood. With a makeup triangular sponge, I carefully blotted the stencil onto the wood. It took 2 coats to get the white to show up nicely. I peeled off the stencil and was thrilled with the result:
If you’re interested in trying it, you may want to check out this blog: Paint Over Laundry. She does a great job walking you through the process, step-by-step. Between a deadline and an interest, it’s amazing what can be accomplished. For those of you who are interested in crafting, give this one a try!