I never promised you a rose garden.

But I did promise you a sign tutorial.  Did you think I forgot?


And I was going to write one….but why?

Why would I even attempt to show my definitely amateur sign-making tutorial when Kristen from The Simple Things has written a truly professional step-by-step tutorial on how to make a sign. 

And she shows you how to white wash.

And she uses fence posts for the sign……how brilliant is that?

And she sent it to me…..to show all of you.

You’d think it was my birthday week or something 🙂

Take it away Kristen.


Hello!  My name is Kristin and I am guest posting from The Simple Things .  I have a huge love for home decorating and especially DIY projects!  On my blog, you will find an array of DIY projects, recipes and a little bit of my personal life tossed in every now and again.  My husband and I own a relatively small condo, but just because it’s small doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful!  We are constantly thinking of ways to make it more livable, organized and just plain gorgeous. 

I’m sharing with you today, a super easy DIY art project.  It cost us less than $11 and is probably my favorite piece in our entire house!

Over the past month, my husband and I decided to redecorate our entire downstairs(living room and dining room).  You can find the before and after pictures here.  The project wasn’t totally complete and our living room was lacking a piece of art to go over our couch:
We didn’t like anything we found at the various home decor stores we went to, so we decided to take matters into our own hands!
Here is what we came up with:

Here’s how to make it:
5 fence pieces 3.5″ x 4′
Cut off the ends of the fence with a jig saw to create a jagged edge.
Distress to your hearts content!  Seriously, hammers, nails, screws…anything you can get your hands on!  Go at it!
We “white washed” the boards, I just took flat latex paint and watered it down.  We used paper towels to wipe off the excess.
Once the boards are dry, align them how you want them to look on the wall.
 Take 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ wood.  Take 1 1/4″ screws and screw into each plank.
The boards are now screwed together and we are almost ready to paint!
We bought a frame hanging kit and installed it using the directions on the package.

Ready to paint!
We used our handy-dandy projector for this next part.  Scott hand drew the word “love” because we couldn’t find any fonts that we liked(yes, he is awesome).  Align the projector where you want the word and get to work!
Just simply trace the words onto the wood with whatever color paint you would like!
During this part, we realized we liked the “shabby” look of the letters not being totally colored in.
Letters colored in completely.
We really wanted the shabby look so we took sandpaper to the letters to “distress” them.
And Voila!
A perfectly shabby chic piece of art work for less than $11! 

We LOVE how it turned out 😉  And I hope you do too!  
If you have any questions about it, please feel free to hop on over to my blog and leave a comment!  I’d be happy to help!
Thanks Kristen. 
I am glad there are sign makers like you in blog land.
Please be sure and stop by Kristen’s blog for even more incredible projects, like this jute wrapped monogram.
PS  Have an awesome weekend.