September 19, 2011

Jenga Block Vintage Farm Sign

How was ya'lls weekend?
Mine was the usual- had a girls night Friday night when hubs and little man were out, hung with the fam on saturday...and sunday I played catch up on homework since I'm such a good little procrastinator :)

I also, maybe, might have messed around with my mantle some more.
On my FB, I told you guys that I got all my fall decor out last week and decorated.
I also got my mantle 'done' which doesn't mean much because I knew that the next few weeks would be spent tweaking it here and there.

Do you guys do that too?

I'm just proud that I got it done because I was having a hard time breaking down my spring mantle.
I loved it just a little :)

But it's time for something new and, of course, fall-ish!

Thus...


And it's going to have to be the most epic mantle makeover for my little mantle everrrr.
Because he not only got a facelift as to what's on top of him, but also a facelife in general.
As in, a lot has changed :)

I'm so excited to show you but the grand reveal will have to wait til the end of the week...
but every good reveal needs a before pic so here's the spring mantle in all it's glory...


*Funny Fact: I hate that brass faceplate on the fireplace so much that when I did my post on my spring mantle, I never posted a full photo of the fireplace- it always got cut off right above that- lol*

So much has been done to make the fireplace look happier and brighter :)

But today I'm going to show you a little piece that went on the fall version of my mantle.
If you've followed me very long, you know I have a slight love affair with vintage signs.

So when I saw this mantle on Pinterest I was head over heels in love.
If you go to the original post, you will die over how beautiful all her fall decor is.
Seriously.

And I just adored her little farm sign.
She actually found that little beauty and since Arkansas has a serious shortage on cute vintage farm signs, I decided to make my own.

A friend of mine had brought a ton of beautiful wood from an old wooden fence over to make bookshelves and she gave me the scraps that were left over :)
(You know that's a sign of a life-long friend!)

So I had these gorgeous pieces of weathered wood:


It was already perfect for what I needed to recreate a hand-made sign :)
Love it when that happens.
I gave them a good sanding, but decided to leave them their original coloring.

The tops of the fence wood were cut at angles which made it even better.
I laid four of them next to each other and secured two pieces of 1x4s along the backs with nails.

Voila. I had the startings of a fun sign.


Now I had to figure out how to do the lettering...
and what lettering to do.

Me and hubby threw all kinds of ideas out- I knew I wanted it to be a farm sign so we were trying to come up with something clever.
Hubby ended up liking 'Clover Hill Farm' the best so we went with that :)

I adored the raised lettering in the inspiration sign and really wanted to recreate that.
But I wanted them to look rough-hewn and hand-made.
No chipboard or painted letters, please.

I love it when things just catch your eye that are perfect with a capital P!
I had another box of Jenga blocks from my Jenga Block Baby Gift and knew they'd make the perfect raised letters!!!

I quickly laid them out...


So perfect.
So excting.

They were exactly the look I was going for.
Although I had made the boards before making the words so they were a little big.


Nothing my miter saw couldn't take care of though.
Just go nice and slow cuz you certianly don't want a Jenga Block thrown violently at your head :)


Much better.
I gave them a quick coat of Espresso Brown and tried to patiently wait.


After my patience had worn thin, I grabbed my Crackle Spraypaint (which is also what I used on my crackle pumpkin!).
I love this stuff- I've never had luck with the bottle kind of crackle paint, but this stuff is amazing.
Pretty crackles every time!!


See??
 Perfect, gorgeous crackles.
Swoon.


I used my nail gun to nail them onto my boards... and absolutely loved the result!


I love the hand-made look of it.
And I was so excited to achieve the raised letters :)



Aren't Jenga Blocks amazing??
Betcha never knew they could look so pretty!



And, of course, I had to set it up for a photo shoot :)





What do you think?
Do you need your own vintage farm sign too???


I'm in love with my new sign.
And it's not all faux- vintage...considering that the weathered wood is completely real :)

I'm so excited about showing you the rest of my mantle decor,
I hope you'll stop by every day this week to check in!!!

Tomorrow, I have an easy way to dress up your pumpkins,
and Wednesday is that other glitter project I've been telling you about!

Happy Monday, guys!!
(if there is such a thing...)


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8 comments:

  1. So.... i LOVE it.
    also, my fireplace had the nasty brass too. BUT, I bought the high heat paint... and painted that sucker all black.
    it. is. fab.
    just saying, another idea for ya ;)

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  2. This is so clever! It came out great - love the crackle! :)

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  3. Yes, that high temp spray paint works well to cover up metal around heat sources. We have a floor furnace that stuck out like asore thumb when we stained our floor and that took care of it. Love the sign, it came out great! I have a bottle of crackle that I've never used before. Might just go with the can!

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  4. This looks great! I may just have leftover blocks to do it with...
    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

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  5. this turned out really nice. great job!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  6. that's pretty stinkin' clever of you! Thanks for linking up to WWWW! Hope to see you again this week!

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  7. So cute! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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  8. so neat! love the crackle paint look

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