As we attempt to figure it out, I aim to still make people feel welcome in this disheveled space. So, I decided to make a sign that will greet people when they first walk through the door. greet them with a hello.
My first step was to pick a font that would translate well into a wooden sign; one that didn't have too many small cutouts. I chose the font Black Jack. Then I got each letter enlarged - you can do this at any local copy shop. Then I cut out each letter.
After they were all cut out, I taped them together and traced them onto my piece of wood. As you can see, I modified my font a bit. Truth be told, I wanted to free-hand it, but I knew it just wouldn't look as clean. But I did want the 'o' to look like the way I make my cursive 'o'. Hence, the modification.
This next step requires someone handy, unless you're allowed to use power tools, which Josh has informed me, I am not.
We (and when I say we, I mean Josh) cut out the letters using a jigsaw. Then he sanded the edges and the places where the jigsaw had made a couple digs.
Next was painting. I wanted a cheerful, inviting color, so of course I chose yellow. Happy day for me when I realized that I had picked yellow when ordering my free valspar paint sample. Dijon to be exact.
After a couple coats and some questioning remarks from Josh, I added some brown to tone it down and make it a more mustardy yellow.
And here is the finished product:
i love the bright yellow against the white brick wall. and it definitely makes me smile when I walk in the door.
more to come on the progress/styling of this room...
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