I am not normally one to decorate my front doorstep.
I mean, I love all of the pictures of adorable porches and doorsteps floating around out there on Pinterest. But it’s like those homeowners all know the secret handshake for the cool-front-porch club, and I’m clueless.
Until now–because I made a sign.
And that sign started a ball rolling.
Making the sign was a fun project, so I thought I’d share it with you. But really, it’s not ground-breaking. Just fun with a pretty outcome.
I got a 1x12x8 piece of lumber at Lowe’s and stained it with a dark walnut stain.
Before I stained it, I took out all of my aggressions on it using a hammer, a screwdriver and the bone saw.
It’s cheaper than a therapist. And so much more fun.
Bad hair day?
Ran out of milk this morning?
Forgot to wash uniforms for school?
See what I mean? Therapy.
Using the Silhouette machine I was able to cut vinyl letter stencils for the word ‘welcome’.
Since my board is 12″ (actually is 11.25″) I made the W and the M 10″ wide and the rest of the letters 7″ wide. I wanted a border on either side of the widest letters and wanted to ‘skinnier letters’ to read that way. That’s the reason for the width difference.
As far as the height of the letters, I could have made them taller to take up the whole board, but wanted to hang a wreath at the top. So, I took the length of the board and subtracted 18″ for the spot that the wreath would take up. I also wanted 10″ at the bottom so that I could have a pumpkin or something sitting in front of it. I divided the remaining inches by 7 and that gave me my letter height.
[Kids–stay in school and do your math homework, you WILL use it one day.]
I used a cream chalk paint to paint the letters. Then I sanded them down and used some ‘Beverly’ wax to seal and age it a bit.
Now, I am officially one of those people that decorates her front doorstep. I feel like I’m in an exclusive club.
Just gotta practice that handshake…
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