With the whole house renovation going on, the house is looking pretty rough. There have been so many beautiful fall house tours, that looking around at my in-progress house makes me a bit weepy. No floors and barely a place to sit, but we got a whole new pile of scrap wood!
Truthfully, I wasn’t going to keep all of the old planks of hardwood floor. One day I caught my husband banging out all the nails and gave him a very confused, quizzical glare. With a playful smile, he told me of his grand plans to build a poker table with it. Crazy ideas abound in this house and I am the luckiest girl in the whole world to be married to someone who gets it.
So then I set about making my own project with some of the scrap floors. I sanded each piece of flooring to get the glossy varnish although I didn’t take it all the way down to the wood. Sanding floors is some serious business! I used 30 grit because it was the lowest number I could find in the garage. It still took a decent amount of time to do.
So here is the back. I cut each flooring plank to size and locked them together just like you would with hardwood floors. I used wood glue in the channels to hold them together. Then I glued and screwed two additonal pieces of flooring to the back to keep everything stable and flat.
My second inspiration came from these beautiful fall inspired paint from Prairie Colors. I have been itching to use them again since finishing the antique desk, but this project got me really inspired. They sent me a sample pack to try out and oh, they are so pretty and coordinate with everything fall! Originally, I had planned on doing a simpler style sign, but when I saw the sample pack, I knew I wanted to use all four colors.
For this sign, I did use my trusty Silhouette Cameo to design and create the sign. I made the template with vinyl and used transfer tape. I am not sure what it is but text always give me problems when transferring. Delicate images seem to be no problem but words always get fussy. While I could use actual stencil material, that stuff is pretty expensive. If you have the answer to this mystery, clue me in!
I purchased the little pumpkins for $1 off of the silhouette store. I painted them in almost like acrylic technique in an impressionist style, meaning I mixed the colors directly on the board as I painted. Aren’t they just the cutest addition to the sign?
A teensy bit of sanding over the entire top and I was extremely happy with the result. However, now it’s a reminder to my son that we need to take a trip down to the local pumpkin farm. And he reminds me daily now. If you have small ones, you gotta admire their persistence. Or else, it may drive you crazy. I just keep telling myself it will serve him well one day, but this weekend, let’s just go to the pumpkin patch.
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