Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oh, the places you'll go!


There are so many projects out there that I see with old pallets, and I wanted to make something along those lines to hang as wall art in our new playroom.  Instead of actually using old pallet wood, I had the hubby use some old scrap boards and cut them down into a couple widths, and to the size I needed to cover the majority of the wall that is above the couch in the room.  To attach everything together on the back, he just used two small strips of plywood that he cut down to size, and nailed it all together.  It was a pretty quick thing to put together.  I have also decided that I really need to learn to use the power tools!  I mean, this was pretty simple and surely I could handle it, but I have this crazy fear of like hacking off my hand using the table saw!  That would totally be my luck!  So, to the long list of to-do's I think I have decided to add power tool lessons.  There are just so many times where my husband is just busy doing other things that I could probably accomplish a lot myself.  If I only had the skills...

Anywho, we recently had this beautiful, gorgeous day outside, and so I took advantage of it and lugged all my staining and painting projects that have been piling up outside and I got my paint/stain on.  After the horrific winter we had and all the below zero temps, it was SO NICE to stand outside in the warm sunshine and get some color on my ghastly white legs. 

I had some Minwax Jacobean stain on hand, so I used that to quickly stain my "pallet."  The color looks really great with the flooring we installed in the playroom. 

After that dried, it was time to add the quote.  I love quotes!  There are so many good ones out there.  But I knew that I wanted to use the Dr. Seuss quote "Oh, the places you'll go!" for this project.  My kids and I both love Dr. Seuss books.  Many of them have such a good message. 

Unfortunately, I do not have a Silhouette, so I had to make my stencils in a more tedious manner.  I just found a font I liked, typed it out in Word in the size I needed, and then used a good ole Exacto knife to cut the letters out.  It wasn't TOO bad, I suppose. 


Next, I turned on the Full House reruns, and used my handy dandy chalk to trace the letters onto the wood, while listening to Danny Tanner preach to DJ about family life.  I can't believe how many of these reruns I remember!  Geez!  The chalk showed up so much better than pencil, and it was a piece of cake to wipe off after I'd painted. 

 

After that, I used acrylic paint to paint the letters in.  I ended up doing two coats, since the wood was a darker color. After it dried, I decided it needed shabbied up a bit, so I took some sandpaper, and sanded all over the top of the letters.  It also had the added benefit of removing some of my brush strokes that still showed after the second coat.

 

 
 
And that was that!  Oh, the place this artwork was ready to go was straight on the wall!  Hubby was kind enough to hang it for me, and the kiddos approved!  I am having so much fun getting this space together!







13 comments :

Kat Jeter said...

Stopping by from Inspire me Please link party. I love this idea for a playroom. Such a sweet quote! Thanks for sharing :)

Kristin said...

Thanks Kat! I appreciate that very much!

Ashley M. said...
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Ashley M. said...

That is beautiful for a playroom! Good work :-)

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Paula@SweetPea said...

I love this! I'm a teacher and would love to make one of these for my classroom. I also don't have a Silhouette and really want one!

Kristin said...

I love the message of this book...it would be perfect for a classroom!

Antionette Blake said...

This a cute DIY! Thanks for sharing at the #WWDParty and enjoy the weekend!

Carolyn said...

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity on The Inspiration Board at homework. I so appreciate it!
You were featured in the spotlight!
Have a wonderful weekend!
carolyn ~ homework

Kristy Call said...

I've never thought of using chalk! This is SO clever, and I love the way it turned out! Thanks for linking up to The Creative Exchange ♥ DavesWife

Kristin said...

Thanks, Kristy!

kristi dominguez said...

This is so adorable, Kristin! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us this week!

Kristin said...

Thanks!

Alice Wingerden said...

Love! And the new look of your blog! Looks fantastic :)