With the cooler weather that fall has brought, I've felt the need to make our home cozier! Which means DIY projects I've had in the back of my mind for awhile will hopefully get done. This project started randomly one day when I opened the closet and saw this picture that I had been holding onto, but hadn't had an idea for yet. Well, it ended up being the perfect size for the empty space above the coat closet in the foyer. Initially, I was going to make it into a 'welcome' sign, but since you can't really see it straight on when you enter the house, I didn't think it made much sense. Then, I remembered some number stencils I had won from a blog giveaway, which spurred my idea for the "EST." sign. The whole project was really simple and I think it makes a nice impact, where there was just an empty space before.
The picture started out as being this barn art, which honestly is cute, but does not fit in with the colors/style of the house. So, I figured if I ever get sick of the chalkboard the art will still be under the glass ;-)
My first step was to strip the dark green paint off the frame, in hopes the wood underneath would be a light colored natural wood. For the stripping, I used Citristrip chemical stripper which was really simple to use. I brushed it on with a foam paintbrush from the dollar store, and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then started wiping off with a rag. Next time, I will probably use a different type of brush to paint it on since it started melting my foam brush which got a little messy. I had to repeat this process a few times to get all the paint off.
After, it was all stripped I used some wood polish, just since the stripper does dry the wood out a bit. Next, I taped it off, and painted on the chalkboard paint using a foam brush. Again, I don't think I'd use a foam brush again, since it seemed more streaky than when I had previously used a regular bristle paint brush.
The photo above is the finished sign hanging in its place above the coat closet. I did not have letter stencils so I had to freehand the 'est.', and used a stencil for the numbers, which I really like the look of.
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