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DIY Wood Signs

Wow, I have been meaning to share this project with you for so long {ever since Christmas… that’s a long time} and for whatever reason I kept forgetting. But after sharing the ideas I found for using wood palettes as home decor, it got me thinking about this project again. And so, here I am.

I wanted to make something special for my parents new beach house and for my sister who had just moved into a new place. Knowing that Moviestar has plenty of access to wood palettes and wooden crates at his job site so I asked him to bring a good amount home for me. I was ready to tackle a couple DIY wood signs!

Then once we removed all the nails and I measured the pieces for Moviestar to cut evenly for me, he nailed them all together for me.  Then we tackled some sanding and they were ready for staining and painting!

I chose a nice dark stain for the one for my parents. It would eventually hang in their classy beach house and so I figured a modern dark wood would be nice. It’s pretty easy to stain wood {just follow the instructions on the can} as long as the rag you use is something you’re cool parting with…. It’ll stain and stink really bad.

For my sisters sign I wanted paint. The colors of her room {the bedding really} are a black, white and pinkish-purple so I went with painting it white. Moviestar helped me out with that… my little painter boy….

He sprayed it for me so I would get a nice even coat and hit all those little crevices. But if you just use a roller and some small paint brushes, it’ll be just as good {might take a bit longer though…. this took him 2 minutes to spray}.

Once they were dry {the stain takes a couple days and the paint shouldn’t take more than a few hours}, I was able to spend time figuring out my wording and design. My sisters is a Marilyn Monroe quote that sums her up to a “T”….

And the one for the folks, well…. it was just all about the house as you can read…

I also hot glued a few shells to give it some additional ambiance. In the end they all loved them. I know my shots aren’t the best {I’m going to try and get some of the finished product hanging in their houses}. But you get the jist of the project right?

So, why not try this yourself? Grab some extra wood from that job site, dumpster or just buy some cheapos at Home Depot. However you get the wood, do it. It’s fun and a great DIY home decor!


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Lindsey - January 7, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Angela, so glad you liked my project! For the sign that I stained, no I did not prime it. Moviestar sanded it down really well and then I stained it as it was. There is a sanding sealer you can put on it that acts like a primer for stains but you really don’t need it.

For the white sign that I painted, yes we did prime it first. Now I know you can see Moviestar used a paint sprayer on it but it’s really not that difficult to brush or roll the paint on too. Just make sure you get all the nooks and crannies with your brush :)

Angela - January 5, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Love this! What a great tutorial! I have just started making signs, and am not yet that comfortable with them. Glad you shared about the staining. Did you prime your wood and if so, what did you use? Also did you use acrylic paint at all?

Thanks for sharing :-)
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Gorgeous Couple Wedding Photo Ideas

Oh boy, it’s been a little while since we talked about weddings. But since it’s just about that time of the year {you know, wedding season!} and Monday {our usual wedding day} I figured I’d talk about it today.

As I was thinking about weddings and looking at some wedding photos, the one thing that kept sticking out to me was the couple photos. You know, the shots taken of the happy couple after the ceremony? Yeah those.  Some of them were pretty basic and some were pretty lame, but some were so gorgeous. And it wasn’t even the photographer or photo quality that made it that way {though that probably has something to do with it}, it is the composition. If you happen to have an awesome photographer who thinks this way, fabulous. But if not, here are some great couple wedding photo ideas that you might want to pass along to your photographer to make those romantic wedding memories stay alive.

If you’re going to have a longish veil, this would be priceless. It hides your kiss and softens the moment. Romantic.

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This one makes me think of my wedding day. Moviestar did this to me, but unfortunately we didn’t get a shot of it. It reminds me of man {the strong one holding you up} and wife {the dainty creatures we are}. So pretty.

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Having fireworks or know of some happening on your big day? make this happen. Do it.

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This idea creates a lovely silhouette. Again, romantic and subtle. Not average. Frame-able.

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How sweet. He’s holding up her dress as she walks. Now that love. Men, show her you care….

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I’ve always been a big fan of shots of the couple alone in their ceremony and/or reception venue.  They picked the place alone and it has a way of showing their intimate alone time in the space.

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Crossing the “fielded” threshold. Again, it reminds me of the strong man and gentle woman. Another way to use this is to get the couple walking out of their ceremony venue {i.e. the church}

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This is one of my favorites. Moviestar would never have gone for it, but with the long veil and puffy princess dress, it creates a soft moment. I’m a huge fan.

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And to truly annunciate the new union {or if you really like Lord of the Rings}, try a shot through the ring.

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The Tomatoes are Coming!

For the first time in my adult life, I am trying to grow plants. I’ve bought a few plants in the past for my cat to play in, all of which she has utterly destroyed, but I didn’t care, because that was their purpose. This summer though, I am growing a few of my own fruits and vegetables in hope of saving a bit of money and eating some truly fresh food. After relentless weeks of a few new plant limbs branching here and there, I was excited last week to finally see tomatoes sprouting. This week, I have not only seen the existing tomatoes grow, I now have about five new ones starting. I can’t wait until my other plants start sprouting, too. I have squash, cucumbers and watermelons growing as well, but have not yet seen any sprouts. Now that Bonnie has moved into her new home, she has avocados, oranges and grapefruits growing naturally in her backyard, and she plans to plant some fruits and vegetables soon. If our family keeps this pace up, we might be able to have our own fruit and vegetable stand :)


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