Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pottery Barn Inspired PEACE Sign

Inspired by a Pottery Barn sign, I just finished painting a PEACE sign for our living room Christmas décor.


The vintage wooden skis are a pair that I have been using for the last few years, found for $10.

Christmas Styles | Pottery Barn luxe/ski lodge



The Pottery Barn version seems a bit bigger and thicker but I was using supplies I had on hand late one night when inspiration struck. I don't know about you, but inspiration usually strikes for me right about when I should be climbing into bed for the night! My goal was to use only supplies on hand so I started by painting a pine board from the basement stash two different whites. Then I printed the font on the computer, cutting the letters out and tracing them onto the board.


I painted the letters with a bright red, two coats. I let everything dry for two days, mostly because I was too busy to get back to it. Then I quickly roughed up the board with sand paper. I added the wrong type of stain and had to wipe it off with a wet rag, causing the red paint to bleed a bit -oh well! The board was top coated with some watery white paint and that helped a bit.


Next time I will use a liquid stain or dark wax and distress the edges more but I still like it and enjoy seeing this sign in our living room. I'm so glad the weekend is finally here and I can get some more work done on our Christmas decorating. 

I'm sharing this easy and affordable Christmas sign at the following great link parties. Hope to see you there...

19 comments:

  1. i love the skis what cool decor. so fun for the season. happy times!! enjoy your weekend. ( :

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  2. I love it, so pretty and super tutorial too. Love those ski's too. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Nice sign, Elizabeth and don't worry... the bleeding red paint is okay on a distressed sign, it just adds to the antique look!

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  4. I love it Elizabeth! It looks wonderful! Angie xo

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  5. Cute! Have the poles that go with your skis.

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  6. I LOVE that sign, Elizabeth! You've inspired me and I'm now wondering where I would put it. Your old skis look good there, I have some of those, I'm wondering where I can set up a space like yours and PB's.
    Have a great weekend!

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  7. That is a really sweet sign! And I love your vintage skis. I had a pair of them too and sometimes stand them outside. The whole vignette looks just like PB.

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  8. Great job Elizabeth! It's perfect!

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  9. That is so cute! Pottery Barn can be so expensive, so that was a great way to have that without the large price tag. Yours looks just as good too!

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  10. I love the simplicity of your sign. Just charming,
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  11. Looks so good, Elizabeth. I have an old fence that I can't decide what holiday word to put on it. Peace is sweet.

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  12. Wow is looks just like the one from the store and think of all the money you saved. Great job.

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  13. Elizabeth, your sign came out great and I love it with the wooden skis! Such a great winter vignette. Enjoy your Christmas decorating!

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  14. Love it ... especially next to the skis.

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  15. Your sign looks great and at a fraction of the cost! Woohoo!

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  16. I love your peace sign! My youngest daughter saw the sign in a Pottery Barn catalog and mentioned she'd like one. If I have a chance I'd love to paint one for her. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. It looks great!

    Have you done any projects with DIY chalk paint? I'm going to try a small piece for our mudroom that we're renovating, just wondering if you had any tips?

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