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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Signs of Affection: My First "Commissioned" Piece

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I got an urgent email yesterday. It was from a friend of mine who is expecting her first Grandson in a few weeks. The note contained a link to a blog post from Corner House, (an adorable blog, by the way), and this photo:             

The note read:
        "Hi!  I know that you're really busy getting ready for The Barn Sale, but I have a huge favor to ask:  Do you think that you'd have time to make a sign like this one for me? The shower for my daughter-in-law is next weekend. The Nursery is Navy and White, Nautical Theme, with Cherry furniture and I know that XXX (name withheld due to the fact that this is a surprise) would just love it if you made this for her!  If you don't think that you'll have time, I completely understand. Let me know soon, please, so that I know if I need an alternative plan." 

Me? Not have the time do do something so simple and so adorable for a friend?! No way! I had a stack of boards already in the garage for signs that I'm making for the Barn Sale next weekend. So, I got started.


 The finished sign is just under 4 feet wide and about 42 inches tall. It will hang on the wall behind the crib for now, but could also be used as a headboard for a "big boy bed" later on.

I whitewashed the boards using watered-down white latex paint (semi gloss). The letters were painted using Thunder blue craft paint. There are a number of ways to get the letters onto the board, draw, trace, stencil, stamp. Whatever suits your fancy. I tend to finely draw in pencil then adjust as I paint. I finished the sign using water borne  (LOW VOC) polyurethane. I kept the entire sign as non-toxic and low odor as possible since it will be in a nursery.

You may have also noticed that I work from bottom to top, right to left. This is due to the fact that I'm left handed and I find that my hands and arms stay out of the wet paint better when I work in this fashion. 

NOTE: For the record, using a 70x300 zoom lens to try to take photos indoors is NOT fun. I'm checking around for a Nikon 18x200 (or equivalent)  that I can borrow for a couple of weeks. Anyone? Anyone at all?! Bueller?!!?



P.S. I am making another sign like this one that will be for sale at Nellie's Barn Sale Next Weekend! (Because if I had been doing a sign for a friend rather than making something to sell next weekend my friend, Ann, would have been well, let's just say, "really unhappy" with me.   I'll be posting more items as I make them this week.

Linking to:
At The Picket Fence
Be Different, Act Normal
Beyond the Picket Fence
Chic on a Shoestring
Common Ground
DIY Showoff
Embracing Change
Funky Junk
Homemaker in Heels
Homemaker on a Dime
I gotta Try That
Miss Mustard Seed
Nifty Thrifty
Six Sisters Stuff
TaterTots and Jello
Uncommonly Yours
You Are Talking Too Much


  1. What a lovely sign and so simple :)

  2. Your sign turned out so wonderful! Happy Sunday!xx Holly

  3. This is GREAT! You are so talented! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  4. What a beautiful sign! I just finished my first planked wood sign. Your's is fabulous!!

  5. Hi Kimberly,

    Did you had write all those letters without any stencils? If so, very impressed and it came out perfectly.


    1. Hi Lynnie, Yes, I did them without stencils, I sketch them in pencil and then fill them in with a paintbrush. I took calligraphy for two semesters in high school and have always loved lettering. Thanks for your kind comments.

  6. I love your sign! It looks so rustically adorable!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  7. How very sweet! It looks fabulous & I know your friend was more than thrilled! I hope you'll also share at my Gettin' Krafty With It party (on Tuesdays) that is just for posting projects/crafts/etc.


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