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.
For this sign, I did use my craft cutting machine to design and create the sign. I made the template with vinyl and used transfer tape. For this project I tried to use painter’s tape, but the words gave me trouble so I don’t recommend that for transferring intricate shapes. (I buy large quantities of transfer tape super cheap here and it works just as well as the silhouette transfer tape.) While I could use actual stencil material, that stuff is pretty expensive, and the vinyl works just fine.
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. Of course, 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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