After giving it a good sanding, I spray painted it with a coat of 0f heirloom white (seems to be a big winner out there on blog land). After it dried, I gave it a good sanding and then proceeded to try and put some words on the sucker.
You know, it's not as easy as it looks, creating stencils or tracings of any kind. I finally figured out that I needed to flip the page over, trace it with pencil, flip it back over and trace the original copy with a pen or something onto my cabinet door. It left a faint enough mark that I could paint over it.
I should have read Jen's little post again, she was smart and used a fabric marker. I was dumb and tried to use a tiny paint brush to fill in the words with a nice chocolate color. It took forever and I kept going outside of the lines! AUGH!
Finally I just gave up and sanded over everything to give it a kind of "weathered" look. (Sure, that was my whole intent the entire time! Let's say that). After the sanding was done, I applied a light stain and then attached some key hooks to the bottom of the sign. I thought it turned out pretty good, but was missing a little something. So, I went to an old stand-by, Kristine McKay Designs, which you might remember from this post. I printed up some tags, cut them out and used my distressing ink and twine (from the $1 store, yeah!) to attach them to the hooks. I thought it was cute! We'll see how long they last.
(And no, your eyes do not deceive you, my key hooks are slightly off center. Never try and attach anything when your kids are running around your feet. Ruins your concentration every time. I'm thinking of getting a little embellishment of some kind to put on the right side of it to sort of balance it out....I don't know....any thoughts?)
Linking to: Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville, The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursdays,