Every home needs a name.
The previous owners of OneandSeventy had theirs carved into a beautiful piece of wood, which was still hanging over the door when we moved in. After a year of looking at it and wondering how to make it ours, I finally had a brainwave.
Using some good old-fashioned carbon paper and a (fairly) steady hand, I upcycled this weather-beaten monstrosity into a gorgeous personalised house sign, which now takes pride of place at the front of our home.
I started by
removing all traces of the previous owners sanding down both sides with my Black & Decker mouse. It was SO good to dust off one of my power tools!
Then I played around on Photoshop until I arrived at exactly what I wanted.
There are several ways to transfer a printed image to wood. There’s decoupage, tracing over a projected image, printing your text in mirror image and tracing over that and then there’s the soft graphite pencil or chalk method, as beautifully demonstrated by Antonia over at Tidy Away Today in the making of this great planter.
In the absence of a laser printer, a projector or even chalk (finally! A downside to not having young kids!), I opted for printing the text in mirror image.
At first I used normal white printer paper, but it wasn’t really working for this project. The size of the sign meant I needed to print the text across three pages and join them together. Trying to line up each section when I couldn’t see through the paper was giving me a headache!
What to do…
I really didn’t want to make a mistake when I was tracing…
Cue lightbulb moment!
I knew I had A4 tracing paper in my craft stash, so I printed out the text on that and boy, did it make the job SO much easier! No more working with a distracting mirror image AND it gave me the freedom to place the text exactly where I wanted it.
Printed and placed, I used carbon paper to trace the text onto the wood.
I took a black Sharpie and drew over the carbon tracing.
Then finally coloured in the whole thing with black acrylic craft paint. I gave it two coats, as I particularly wanted strong black lettering.
I followed the same process for the embellishments – my blog logo, a Lisbeth Dahl umbrella (used with kind permission) and some hibiscus flowers which symbolise Beloved’s and my love of Hawaii.
I’ve yet to decide whether to varnish it. I originally wanted it to weather a bit and I can always paint it again if needs be. But the more I look at it, the more I love how clean it is. I’ll need to make a decision before the rains arrive. Perhaps I’ll throw it open to a vote.
What do you think? To varnish or not to varnish?
Creating a personalised house sign is a great way to improve your home’s kerb appeal and this was a simple project which, I hope you’ll agree, makes a big impact.
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A hui hou,