Wow… am I the only one who realizes I haven’t posted a single post in about a month? Geeze, time flies when everything’s changing! Between recruitment, returning from a prolonged vacay, and getting make in the normal routine with school starting in a few days, it’s definitely been a bit chaotic around Baton Rouge.
In the midst of all this chaos, I thought, why not do a blog post? We are on the third round of recruitment, with one left to go, then bid day and all it’s hoopla, but I figured a little tutorial could serve as a soothing mental break. In all reality, recruitment isn’t that bad, it’s just a lot of long, hot, emotional days… but so worth it when the end result is over 1000 girls
running walking to their new home(s).*
*It’s a joke to all my fellow LSU sorority gals… due to the excessive amount of women, we are no longer allowed to run to our chapters due to injuries… Yes, it is that serious
On to the important things, what you really came here for. This quick DIY post took me under 45 minutes, and completed my workspace in my bedroom. I could tell you where I got the wood from, but I’ll just leave it at Tigerland, with no questions asked. The rest of this project involves a computer, printer and some good ole’ Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan products.
- Piece of wood**
- A sample pot of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Old White
- Brushes from the Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan collection, here I use the No. 8 brush and the wax brush
- Image Medium from (you guessed it) Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
- Clear Wax from Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
- Lint-free towel
- A random cheap paintbrush (nothing specific needed)
- Computer, printer & printer paper
**I REALLY HOPE YOU WOULDN’T BUY A PIECE OF WOOD… THERE’S LITERALLY A TON EVERYWHERE AROUND BEING TOSSED OUT. STAY STRICT ON YOUR COLLEGE GIRL’S BUDGET! IT ISN’T GROSS, PINKIE SWEAR
- Taking your No.8 brush, dip the tip in a tiny bit of water, then in the Old White, and begin brushing onto the wood. Note to follow with the grain, as it will absorb some of that water but allow the white to be more transparent yet still noticeable.
- Repeat step 1 if you like a more opaque look, and let this first layer dry completely
- Type up your word or phrase on your laptop; Microsoft Word works just fine, and you can customize the font as well as the color to fit the room your piece is going in***; Print it out!
- “Clip, Clip, Clip” – Dorinda Medley would say; See GIF below and read up on her to see why she’s my FAVORITE housewife of all time. But really, cut out the letters as close as you can to avoid leaving white spaces around them
- Once the piece of wood is dry, put down a thickish (is that a word?) layer of the image medium, using the random paintbrush I so professionally describe in the bottom of the supplies list, and place your letters on top of the wet part to stick to the wood
- Go over the cut out letters generously with more image medium, because too much is never enough in this situation. We want that paper to stay on that bad boy
- Let dry, this is the longest drying time (in my opinion) because you’re sooooo close to being done, and now you wait; truthfully I probably only waited 20 minutes, but it felt like eternity
- Break out your wax brush, lather it up with clear wax, and rub it all over. Once completely covered, buff out the excess with the lint-free towel. Here you’ll notice the paper blending more with the wood, and the natural color of wood coming forward as well
- Put some mounting foam tape on the back of it, and voila! You have a custom, handmade, farmhouse-looking, rustic sign!
Goodness, I love Dorinda.
***YOU CAN TRY TO DO CURSIVE OR OTHER GIRLY FONT FROM WWW.DAFONT.COM, BUT IT IS MORE DIFFICULT TO CUT AND MIGHT NOT TURN OUT THE WAY YOU WANT… AS YOU CAN SEE FROM BELOW, I INITIALLY TRIED TO TYPE UP CREATE IN A CUTE FONT BUT THEN ONCE I CUT IT, IT WAS AN EPIC FAIL
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If you’re struggling to find a font you really like, I recommend heading over to DaFont.com. They have A TON of options, and no this isn’t in any way a paid affiliate or any kind of affiliate – I genuinely use these fonts daily in my life and they are safe to download. If you’re still wary, the font “Impact” generally comes on most computers and is a safe bet.
See how easy it is to make your own, personal farmhouse sign?! With a little Chalk Paint®, Image Medium, computer and printer, you’re all set. I love how mine turned out!
You can see in the few photos above how the letters seemed to mold to the wood – that’s partly cause of the adhesiveness (again, is that a word?) of the image medium, but also because of the clear wax I used! It makes it look more realistic and natural and not so much craft-like.
Now that I’ve dropped this nugget of useful decor-related information on y’all, I need to ask the same! I’m looking to host an out-of-school related Chalk Paint® event, and want to see what y’all would be most interested in. Just hit up the survey below, please! I really need as much input as I can get in order to decide what gather the most interest.
And that’s all folks, happy recruitment week and may the odds be ever in your favor.
PS ONE DAY UNTIL BID DAY! GET EXCITED
Until next time, lovies!
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