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DIY Hand Painted Family Sign


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DIY Hand Painted Family Sign by Addicted 2 Decorationg.

Another great DIY project from Kristi!  I think this will be my next project instead buying a sign from Etsy. 

1. Using my hand held circular saw, I cut pieces of MDF to the desired sizes.

2. Next, I painted two coats of primer on the MDF. And then I used one coat of the base color. I just used some leftover wall paint in a satin finish.

4. Next, I took my sign lettering that was printed out from my computer, and taped the sections together . I then cut away all of the extra blank paper around the edges of the lettering.

5. Using a #2 pencil, I "colored" the back side of the sign lettering. I went over it a couple of times to assure that it was well-coated.

6. Once it was coated well, I placed the lettering right-side-up on the painted MDF. I used a ruler to make sure the lettering was straight across.

7. And then I used a sharp pencil to trace the lettering onto the MDF.

8. Once everything was traced, I was ready to start painting. I used tiny round craft brushes, and an assortment of paint colors of Behr sample paint pots in a matte finish.

9. The swirlies at the top I actually painted first with a light aqua color. I hated how it looked with the yellow, so I went back to Home Depot and got a deeper color. However, it happened to be a very happy accident that I had that lighter color underneath the darker color.

10. After everything was painted, it still looked horrible, so I got a big fat Sharpie marker (a Super Sharpie with a pointed tip), and started randomly outlining various parts of the lettering, thinking it would make it "pop". It just made it look cheap. But determined to see it through to the end, I continued to outline, but the more I did, the more careless I got. Still, I was convinced that it was headed for the dumpster.

11. Knowing that it couldn't get any worse, I decided to give one last idea a try--giving it an aged look with some sandpaper. I used 150 grit sandpaper and just started sanding (manually--not with my electric sander), and right before my eyes, a miracle occurred.

So that's it! Well, I attached the two sections with some eye screws...and then it was finished!!


Last Updated: December 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm
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