Sunday, June 14, 2009

A "Hang Loose" Tutorial, I mean very loose

How to create P.B.esque wall signs.
We are linking this post up to Kimbas DIY day
Get some CHEAP wood. By cheap I mean free or close to it. This wood came packed around some washers and dryers so it was free. First we measured and cut it down.

Here are J.K. & C.S. cutting the wood down. Both amazing and creative women in their own right. They both are always willing to SHARE a great find, idea or talent. Which I think is a gift in itself.

Then we sanded the front and edges really well. (I've discovered a love of power tools, with this project, I'm thinking "my hubster" needs some new ones for Father's Day...)

Have an inspiration!
For J.K. (who is a private gal so I won't link her) it is anything old/antique-y.
C.S. is hanging her "all you need is love" signs around gorgeous family pictures.
Our family loves to travel and anything tropical, so we came up with our own ideas and found more by "surfing" the net. ha ha pun intended! I'm a dork.



Paint your signs a solid color. We just used craft paint J.K. had at her house (free), and then printed out the phrases we wanted in cool fonts. Cut the letters out and place on wood. Trace with a pencil and then paint where your tracings were.

Let dry. Then paint the whole thing with watered down brown paint, or stain. Wipe it off quickly with a t-shirt type rag. Sand your sign and rough up the edges again. Finish with a quick dry polyurethane.


Again pardon my bad picture taking skills.






The colors are a little off from bad lighting and the camera flash but you get the idea. I have other stuff hanging up too but tried to just take pictures of the signs we made.

Happy painting!

28 comments:

Melanie Elissa said...

I LOVE them!! They look like you paid a small fortune for them!! Very creative!!!

Heather said...

these are way cute jamey, i wanted the surfer theme for my classroom this year. Can you come over and help out your cousin?

Courtney said...

Great signs!

~Caro~ said...

I am drooling over here!!
Such a fabuuuuu idea! I bookmarked this, and will be doing this when I get a minute!!

The Spradlings said...

I am so going to try to make some! They are AWESOME!!!! Trying to think what kind to make for me casa:) Wonderful job, sista of mine!

DawnB said...

Omgosh! Just about 2 yrs. too late. My surfer son would've LOVED this idea.

Steph said...

Jamey - Love 'em! I'll probably be making some for Cody's room! Love the bedding too! PB? I've realized while looking for crib bedding that I'm a year or two too late. Love that bedding though! And thanks for the GREAT idea & tutorial! =)

Jeppson Clan said...

Thanks Steph,
Yes it's P.B. Kids They actually still have it online, but not in the crib bedding. I will be on the look out for any baby surfer stuff.

Heidi said...

Super girls!! I was inspired from the first photo - with power tool in hand. I love how CUTE they turned out!! so impressed!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

These turned out so well!

Meredith said...

Super cute! You guys are totally going to be helping me decorate our new house!!!

kahlanne said...

Those are so cute. I am sure my kids would love one. Now to find some wood!

Brenna said...

Wow, those look fantastic! LOVE them! How did you hang them?

If anyone out there is looking for wood, Home Depot has a cull cart full of scrap wood. The prices range from .25 to a couple of dollars. You can find some cheap treasures to transform!

Kara said...

Wow, those turned out amazing! They look totally professional. Beautifully done!!

Nicole said...

Omgosh I'm in love!

Sheri said...

wow those look great!

Jenn said...

SO fantastic! I love this idea! Great job!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

They look way cute - how did you hang them up?

randee said...

you guys are goooood. those turned out fabulous. and i love that they are so big.

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

These are so cute! Love all the cheery colors!

Amanda said...

wow! those look amazing! I have two boys that share a room too- what a great idea!

Sunny said...

Stopping over from ASPTL.

Love these little signs. Cute boys rooms! You guys did a great job!

Carrie said...

I love it! My kiddo's bathroom is surf....gonna have to figure out where to hang one of those! Thanks for sharing!

Anna See said...

Love, love, love them! They are so much cuter than the surf-themed stuff I bought at Target for my son's room.

Lisa said...

They look great! Look like you went and bought them. I have to put that on my LONG to do list!
:)Lisa
kssnnikkel.blogspot.com

Brittany said...

Love them!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Welcome to my world of power tools! See? They're not scary!

Krys said...

You did a wonderful job!! They look awesome, especially the brown wash.
I can't wait to try this too :)