I’ve Been Very Busy

by Sherry
I have been really busy the last couple of weeks working on some way overdue projects and organizing.  I showed you the recovered dining room chairs in my last post.  If you missed this you can see it  here.

At my favorite local junk shop I found what I believe is part of a foot board for $3.00.  The size and shape was perfect for a sign I had in mind.


I sanded then dry brushed the wood with a mix of white and cream craft paint
Here is the  font I chose and then enlarged..  Using carbon paper I traced the letters to the board and then painted with a paint pen. The paint pen is the absolute best thing to use on a project like this. Saves tons of time and it is easy to get clean, crisp lines.  Some sanding and Ralph Lauren smoke glaze and the sign was finished.  My cost was the $3.00 piece of wood and $2.25 for the paint pen. Everything else was left over from previous projects.
I am happy with the results, especially since it is my first attempt at making a sign  Notice the address…Carroll is my last name!
This is the signs new home!
A sneak peek at what else we have been up to….

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style July 22, 2010 - 2:35 am

Sherry, I LOVE the sign you painted. That was the first time. You are a pro already. I don't even know how to do that. I love signs. I also see my favorite jugs on the floor. Wow, you have quite a collection. I just won another one on ebay for 17.00 Yay. I can't wait to get it.

Crystal July 22, 2010 - 2:46 am

The sign is so awesome!! What a great idea….and I think I should invest in a paint pen!!! Thanks!

[email protected] Decorating July 22, 2010 - 3:24 am

I see you have some of those wine jugs that Kim has been posting about! Love the sign. It really came out great on that board. Looks like it always belonged there!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie July 22, 2010 - 3:34 am

Very nice!

Cathy July 22, 2010 - 3:34 am

What a wonderful idea and what a great price! Very nice!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage July 22, 2010 - 3:45 am

I love your sign! It's gorgeous!!

Toni L July 22, 2010 - 4:12 am

Not kidding, I am IN LOVE with this! You did a fantastic job and you can't beat under 5 bucks!

Chateau Chic Boutique July 22, 2010 - 4:34 am

LOVE IT! What an excellent job you've done! Great score on that footboard by the way. It looks great in your beautiful home.


Terri July 22, 2010 - 4:41 am

Wow, that sign is AMAZING! I'd never believe it was a first attempt….. You've got my wheels in motion….. Thanks for sharing.

The Polka Dot Closet July 22, 2010 - 4:43 am

That is a great job!! I have tried signs so many times and I have never been happy with the results! I have used paint pens when I have attempted. You said you picked a font and then enlarged it, did you do the enlarging on your own copier or at a copy center? thank you for the inspiration, I may try again.


Nancy July 22, 2010 - 9:07 am


Your sign is fantastic! And, I love that you were able to incorporate your last name. Fantastic! Looks great there with all the blue wares and those baskets!
Have a wonderful weekend!


the thrifty ba July 22, 2010 - 10:59 am

what a great eye you have. you always surprise me!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage July 22, 2010 - 1:38 pm

I'm SO inspired! Absolutely love the sign and my mind is now full of ideas of things I might want to try. Thanks so much!

Cathy~Mille Fleur July 22, 2010 - 2:44 pm

LOVE the sign…you talented thing! It looks perfect above your beautiful rack! I love th way you have that dressed!

I can't wait to see your finished project…what are you up too;)?


[email protected] July 22, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Love!! What a find and you did a wonderful job with it…very nice:)

Ann @ makethebestofthings July 22, 2010 - 4:11 pm

Love your sign and the twist on your name, so cute and clever! It very much has a vintage, French look and it looks authentic. Wonderful job!

Bonnie July 22, 2010 - 5:13 pm

Love your sign. You did a great job. So eye catching!

I love your wine bottle collection and your transferware. The vignette you have created is full of conversation pieces.

The Polka Dot Closet July 22, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Sherry thanks, enlarging the letters and then taping them together was the secret…I got it!


Mary Ellen July 23, 2010 - 2:49 am

Wow what a great job on that sign!!! I love the scrolly work on the top too!! Great job!!

bee blessed

sissie July 23, 2010 - 1:10 am

Hi Sherry!
I am so impressed with your sign. You have outdone yourself. For someone who has never made a sign before, it's really wonderful.

Love where you hung it too.


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Amy @MaisonDecor July 23, 2010 - 11:31 am

Great vision: what a wonderful sign you made!

HOOTIN' ANNI July 23, 2010 - 12:30 pm

Super….I so love this idea! A lot of work, but boy does it pay off in the end.

For your convenience, Here Is My Show and Tell Bargain Link. Hope to see you visit with me.

[email protected] July 23, 2010 - 1:53 pm

WOW!! That looks awesome. Where can I score a "paint pen" Im off to Michaels crafts this morning. I hope I find one – thanks for the tip.

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Tins and Treasures July 23, 2010 - 2:40 pm

I just love how your sign turned out. What a lucky find!

Have a fabulous Friday. ~Natalie

French-Kissed July 23, 2010 - 5:15 pm

Hi Sherry,

GORGEOUS!!! What an eye you have seeing the possibilities for this random foot board piece. The result is wonderful and I also adore the whole baker's rack vignette it was added to. It looks authentic and like something that should have cost a bundle.


[email protected] July 23, 2010 - 8:07 pm

Love that sweet sign!! Great job!!


AJ Carroll July 23, 2010 - 10:18 pm

I was groovin' on this project by the second pic. but when I saw the finished project I about fell outta my chair…..my last name is CARROLL too!!!! Awesome!!!!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas July 24, 2010 - 2:40 am

Oh my goodness… I love it!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good night!

Denise Marie July 24, 2010 - 6:21 pm

great sign and wonderful price.

Nancy July 25, 2010 - 1:18 am

Sherry, I LOVE your sign! And, girl I love that bakers rack! Nancy

Theresa July 25, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Hi Sherry! Love your new sign, would never have thought it was the first one you ever did if you didn't tell us! It looks perfect in it's new home! gotta go see those chairs now…Theresa

Beeutiful by Design July 26, 2010 - 12:19 am

Oh my I love that sign – are you sure you didn't jet over the Paris fleamarket to pick that up this weekend? Enjoyed your post! Jennifer

The Inspired Nest July 26, 2010 - 1:02 am

I want one! (Cried in my best 3 yr. old voice!)
Seriously, the sign is great! I love it!

Jennifer July 26, 2010 - 2:25 am

It looks awesome!!!!! you did so good!!!

[email protected] Charm July 26, 2010 - 3:32 am

That sign is soooo PRETTY…you did an outstanding job on it and I love all those jugs:)


June July 26, 2010 - 4:31 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sign Sherry. What a great stroke of genius…seeing the potential in this great piece!
I hope you have a wonderful trip to the mountains sweetie. It sounds so awesome to get away for awhile.
I thank you, thank you for your dear words of congratulations! It means so much!

Rene July 26, 2010 - 12:25 pm

Wow! You did a great job! Enjoy your trip to VA.


Mary July 26, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Hi Sherry, I happened to see your wonderful project on Cindy's Show & Tell Friday. Because I have an old footboard taking up room in my basement, I came over to take a look. Your sign turned out beautifully, and imagine my surprise when I saw that we share a last name! 🙂

I'm off to take a wander through your past posts… have a wonderful week!

LUCKY 7 DESIGN July 26, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Hi…..I love that sign! I so need to find a footboard or maybe small headboard. Great idea…thanks for sharing!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality July 26, 2010 - 1:49 pm

Sherry, that's a great looking sign! You did a good job on it. Love your find.

Kim July 26, 2010 - 6:54 pm

What a perfect idea for that footboard – great job!

[email protected] July 26, 2010 - 7:10 pm

I love the sign you made. It had a great shape to begin with and you did a great job on the lettering!

Pam July 26, 2010 - 7:46 pm

Very cute sign. You did a great job for it being your first!

Terrell July 26, 2010 - 8:17 pm

Love this sign! I have been wanting to paint one up that has a similar message. I just haven't found the time! ha!! I hope your trip is so relaxing and full of great times!! All the best always,
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Sue July 26, 2010 - 10:55 pm

What a pretty, pretty sign! I love the baker's rack full of blue/white dishes and the wrapped bottles underneath. Gorgeous vignette.
🙂 Sue

decdiva1 July 26, 2010 - 10:58 pm

hi sherry, i LOVE your sign! it is so frsh and shabby chic at the same time! i'll have try those paint pens-sounds like it would save time! thanks for visiting cottagromance.blogspot.com and my FOOT BOARD SIGN! thanks for your kind comment and the invite to see your sign! great job!

Marlee July 27, 2010 - 12:28 am

What a darling one of a kind sign! Love that you personalized it with your last name.


Patti July 27, 2010 - 1:12 am

What great vision you have…love how it turned out! Thanks for visiting Pandora's Box

~ Regan July 27, 2010 - 4:00 am

Wow, Sherry! THat turned out terrific! Great job!

laurie @ bargain hunting July 27, 2010 - 6:08 am

using the footboard was genius. It turned out great! laurie

Pamela July 27, 2010 - 6:09 am

loving the sign! I am wanting to maybe make some thing like that for our office.

[email protected] July 27, 2010 - 10:22 pm

That sign is just awesome! Looks like something from Ballard!


julie July 31, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Love, love, love this sign. What a great idea for transferring the letters too! It looks perfect displayed over your baker's rack.

Ann August 4, 2010 - 2:14 am

What a fantastic looking sign! Good eye to spot it and then know exactly what you wanted to re make it into.
Have fun in the mountains of VA! I just love that state.:)
The Tattered Tassel

32˙North August 4, 2010 - 12:29 pm

Hi Sherry,

Great project – isn't it nice to come up with something that works on so many levels for such a modest price?


[email protected] August 5, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Hi Sherry ~ I need to get one of those paint pens – great job.


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