I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful comments you guys left on my last post. I definitely feel less-in-the-funk and I'm just blown away by all the kindness out there! You all lifted my spirits and gave me the boost I needed. So, THANK YOU. You are all great and wonderful. The best.
Ok, enough mush. I just wanted to share my latest project. A friend of mine won a custom name board at a church auction and I finally, finally got it done! I totally took advantage of her patience on this one---she is so great to have waited so long for this finished board!
I found the cabinet door in the "as-is" section at Ikea for $5. It was already white, bonus! It had a little hole in the corner for a hinge or something, so I covered it with a chocolate brown burlap-flower.
I wanted a cleaner look for this nameboard than my previous ones, so I just did a light sanding to get the clear protective coat off. Then, I used my black paint pens to color in the name and date.
Here's where my procrastination came into play....it got cold. Lame excuse, I know, but I needed to do some major sanding with my palm sander and it was really too cold to go in the garage.
Really! Ok, maybe it wasn't as cold as it was in February, but I let myself believe it was too cold to do anything productive outside. I'm good at talking to myself like that.
When it finally got warm, I took my sander and roughed up the edges and then very lightly went over the words. I added these decorative knobs with my drill.
Then, I took my dark brown, Stayz-on ink and lightly ran it over the edges to give it a nice, worn look. I wanted the white to remain crisp, which is why I didn't use a faux-finish paint over the whole board.
I think it turned out pretty cute.
And luckily, so did my friend!