Sunday, July 25, 2010

a lonely footboard to a lovely sign




it started out as a lonely foot board a friend gave me. she said do you want an old foot board that i got at a yard sale? and me being me, i said yes, of course! she said it was so cute and she knew i could find something to do w/ it (no pressure) ! so i took it home and it sat in my entry way for about a week, waiting for me to get some inspiration. i knew i wanted to do something w/ it so i could put it on this shelf (actually it was an old mantel from my in-laws former home) that is mounted in the middle of the l.r. high on the wall above the desk.(don't mind the popcorn ceiling,we're hoping to cover it w/ beadboard or something , SOMEDAY!!!) Previously and for YEARS i had this shelf accessorized w/ various bird houses and a cab. door that i painted and decoupaged a flower onto. cute, yes. exciting, no! i needed a change. and this sweet little foot board was just the gal to do it! now i know some of you would've been able to use it as is (red) in your pretty homes w/ red accents, but i have no red and couldn't change my decor around this sweet lil f.b. so, even tho' it was super cute and a cheery red, i had to paint it. so i painted it my fave creamy white (tiramisu) and then accented it w/ my newest fave blue-green called "sea salt". then i got to the fun part!!! i blew up the lettering i printed out and used graphite paper to copy it on the f.b. then i added the rest free hand. finally, i used some watered down brown paint to antique it. I LOVE IT! i set it up on it's display shelf and i also "hung" it by adding some picture hanging wire to the back, just in case anyone slams the doors(which of course, never happens w/ 3 kids running in and out!)! that way it looks like it's just resting on the shelf, but it's safe for everyone. i had such fun creating this, i hope you enjoy looking at it and are inspired to make a big splash or a big change to something in one of the rooms in your home!!! have fun and keep creating! i'll be linking this to some of the linky parties listed in my sidebar, please stop by and visit as many as you can!

43 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I loved the red too, but wouldn't have a way to fit it in...Visiting from Met Monday.

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  2. Wonderful transformation! Have a great Monday! La

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  3. Love it! It is amazing to make one of a kind signs out of anything!

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  4. Beautifully created ... love the shape of the board to work with.
    Have a beautiful day.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  5. Thank you for coming by to visit! That is a really cute idea, I love how you painted it. That Sea Salt color is just beautiful, I wish I had somewhere to put it. I first saw it a few years ago at the Street of Dreams house in ATL.

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  6. Hi! Just visiting from Met Monday! :)

    Love your creativity with the footboard! Who would'ave thought....? :) And the color is so pretty. Thanks for sharing how you transferred the letters, too. I'm going to look for graphite paper the next time at the craft store!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

    Beautiful job

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  7. What a great idea! Love it.....
    Blessings,
    Virginia

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  8. What a great way to repurpose that footboard. I like how you used the embossing in the design.

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  9. it came out really great and i think you are brave doing this free hand! so I'm extending you an invite:

    come link your 'tutorial' up with us so our readers can find you:
    http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-7/
    (for your future creativity: new party = every wednesday, findable from the home page)

    we love to feature you,
    rose

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  10. thanks everyone! i truly enjoy getting your feedback on these projects! i lifts my spirits every time i read them!

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  11. Your sign is wonderful and I love the color! I just made a sign from a footboard too. I would love for you to drop by and take a look.

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  12. WOW!! What a great transformation!!

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  13. What a cute idea, and so resourceful with the graphite paper. I never would have thought to use a footboard for this purpose. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. CUTE!!! I love your blog! Great ideas! I am your newest follower. Stop by Sassy Sites and say HI! :)

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  15. the sign is so chic. what creative idea!

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  16. Wow you have painting skills! Looks So Gorgeous! Came by from Keeping it Simple's link party.

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  17. Thank you for your sweet comment on FFD!Since I didn't use an etching paint, just acrylic..it will scratch off..but I figured since no one will be touching at it, it should be fine :) I am loving this makeover sign!!! You've got some talent, girl! I'm excited to be your newest follower too...you have some amazing projects! Be sure to come back and chat again very soon..I love new friends!
    All the best,
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

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  18. This is so cute! I need one!
    ha ha
    Thank you for sharing!
    Leticia

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  19. You have inspired me to go out and buy some graphite paper and try to make a sign! This one is adorable!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Marlee

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  20. Oh girl, you know I am loving this. What a beautiful job you did. I hear you on the no spot for red...giggle. Anyway, thanks for dropping by, hope to see more of you.
    Hugs,
    olivia

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  21. You really made a beautiful treasure/keepsake


    My Friday Blog - Monkey See, Monkey Do

    Hope your weekend treats you well!!

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  22. What a super sweet idea! :) I'm so glad you linked it up to my treasures and trinkets thursday! I adore the lettering you chose for it....it looks like it should have always been there. :)
    Hope you'll link up next week, so I can see what else you're doing!
    Blessings & Hugs
    Missy

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  23. What a lovely idea. I had seen one made in an outdoor sign with street address on it, but never thought of using one on the inside. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend, Sherry

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  24. Very pretty! I doubt I would've thought of making a headboard into a sign but you pulled it off very well!!!

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  25. THANKS FOR ALL THE SWEET COMMENTS AND SUPPORT LADIES! LUV YOU ALL!

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  26. Stopping by for Metamorphosis Monday ~ I just love the sign you created :) Beautiful colors and great idea!

    Kindly, ldh

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  27. Hello, I just adore your sign. How clever to recycle a foot board! Fantastic job. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  28. Now that is what I call the real deal! I love this project and I see Stephanie featured it..should be it was very clever and turned out great. Thanks for joining in on my party...see you soon, hope you enjoy some others as well. Debbie

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  29. So cute. And I am amazed you did that freehand. Wow.

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  30. Great project...looks wonderful!
    Happy day!
    xojanis

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  31. thank-you pam and pam and rust and ruffles! how great is that blog title?!!?

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  32. Such a great project with beautiful results...love it!!!

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  33. Love how this turned out! Stopping by from debbiedoos! I think I am going to have to watch for a footboard now!!! You have a new follower, too!

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  34. We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.

    www.remodelaholic.com

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  35. Your sign turned out beautifully! I've used several of mine for shop signs!

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  36. love that sea salt color~ thanks for sharing! The two pieces look made for one another! Hope you have time to visit some of the other partiers! Lezlee

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  37. Oy, I've wanted to do this FOREVER but I can't seem to find one smaller than king size which I think might be over the top even for me, I'm certainly going to have to keep looking!

    Check Out- Cheap Like A Birdie Blog

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i love receiving and reading all of your comments! i may not have time to reply to all of them, but please don't let that stop you from leaving them! when i do get the time i will come by and visit you and see what you're up to! i am starting a new business venture so my time will be short for a while, until i get things up and running-thanks for understanding! keep creating!