Add some farmhouse charm with this inexpensive, inspirational DIY sign.
Do you ever have a picture in your mind of how something will turn out? How do you respond when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you pictured it?
Do you just start over? Let it go and keep moving ahead? Do you ever feel a little disappointed? Maybe even a little frustrated?
That is what happened when I was going through the process of making this sign. I had my idea. I pictured how it was going to look and thought about how easy and beautifully it would to come together. You see I was going to make this sign for my dining room. It was going to add some farmhouse charm and everyone would love it. Then it didn’t quite happen the way I pictured it.
I was part way through completing the lettering and I had to walk away. I had been rushing. I was working outside, on my porch and it was getting dark outside. As a result, I was having some difficulty seeing where I had to trace the lettering. When I looked at the lettering, I saw all of the mistakes and imperfections. The M was off, the curve of the R wasn’t right. Should I just paint over and start again? Should I throw it away and forget it? Instead, I let it dry, and decided to look at it with a fresh set of eyes the next day.
Do you know what I saw the next day? Something beautiful.
When I browse Pinterest, Instagram, or the variety of beautiful blogs that I follow, I am inspired, but sometimes, I let myself get caught up in comparisons too.
After all, doesn’t everyone balance a perfect family, a successful career, make homemade meals every evening, and have a home that is magazine worthy?
Nope. Not even close.
And you know what? That’s okay.
Instead of comparing ourselves to others, let’s celebrate what makes us unique.
Instead of striving for perfection, let’s strive for balance and happiness.
Let’s encourage, celebrate and support each other, instead of finding fault.
This summer I have had the pleasure and privilege of being part of the launch team for KariAnne Wood’s new book, So Close to Amazing. KariAnne is a creative decorator, devoted wife and mother, and the talented writer of the blog Thistlewood Farms. Reading this memoir, So Close to Amazing, is like having a conversation with an old friend. KariAnne’s writing is real, honest, inspiring, and funny. I found her positive message staying with me and making me think.
- 1 16″ x 20″ canvas
- paint (I used acrylic craft in vanilla)
- mini roller and tray
- printable (I brought it to Staples and had them enlarge it to be 16″ x 20″.)
- paint pens (I used grey and black.)
- 4 plywood slats (I found those at Hobby Lobby.)
- measuring tape
- gloves (for when using stain)
- wood glue
- painter’s tape
To Make the Print:
Start out by printing out this free printable. I brought it to Staples to be enlarged to be 16″ x 20″. They were able to have it ready the next day, with a cost of only $1.80.
To Make the Frame:
Cut wood slats to fit around the canvas.
Sand edges of wood and stain.
If you’d like to try this project, enjoy this printable:
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I hope you give this project a try and I hope you celebrate and embrace all of life’s imperfections.
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