“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~Mary Lou Cook
Have you ever bought anything that you really loved, but then it got old and didn’t look great any more…but you still loved it? You know how styles change, both in fashion and decor…well, many any years ago, I purchased a really great sign from a local craft show in Grand Rapids. I used it every year for the holidays and then last year I knew it was time to give it a complete update.
Unfortunately, I never took any before photos of it, but the photo I found below shows the dark green it used to be and the letters, J O Y were all painted an ivory color with spatters of fine dark paint (the kind you make with a toothbrush).
Bottom line, it had once been a very primitive country-looking sign, not even the stylish farmhouse-style rustic that’s currently popular. The ivy leaves at the top had been left the natural look of pine and there were three red wooden berries. Even the edges of the sign were unpainted pine and it was hung with twine.
Fast forward to a year ago. I removed the wooden berries and twine and added a saw hook on the back. I used white Gesso over the entire front of the sign and then painted everything with white craft paint.
I found the gold berries on a branch that I had purchased from Michael’s. I already had the metallic gold paint, so I carefully just edged the holly leaves with it.
Then I thought it would really look great to put sheet music over the letters. I’ve bought some in the past from flea markets but you can also find them in antique stores and estate sales. Sometimes you can even find scrapbooking paper with musical notes on them. I carefully traced each letter and then cut out the sheet music.
I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to each letter. I applied it to the wooden letters and the paper and then using a small brayer, I rolled until everything was smooth.
I applied another coat of Mod Podge and sprinkled Martha Stewart’s gold glitter on each letter. Her glitter is a bit more expensive, but it’s so worth it. I also used an X-acto knife to cut through the fine thin curves in each of the letters.
I took several photos to show the shine of the glitter because I’ve got it hung in our entryway, which is a bit darker unless the door is open or a light is one.
If you’ve got any old signs or decor from years ago, there’s almost always a way to update it. A bit of paint, paper or fabric can give a whole new life to an older piece of home decor. The only thing I had to buy were the gold berries because I already had everything else.
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