Friday, August 26, 2016

Custom Wooden Sign - Be Grateful

During the last few months, the words "Be Grateful" have been playing in my head over and over. I tell my children they should always be grateful for everything, no matter what. Sometimes, I know as an adult, I can fall short in the "Be Grateful" attitude. Last winter, I was driving by and saw that someone had trashed all these reclaimed boards. As a junkholic, I stopped in front of the big old pile of boards, and had my adult son put them in the trunk of my car. (giggle, yes he was not happy) I have a few projects in mind for these lovelies, but today I am sharing one of them.

I created a "Be Grateful" sign. I know everyone and their mama has done them, but this is a reminder to me and for many of us in this day and age, to remember to be grateful. Don't take for granted all you have been blessed with. I thank God for the day, my family, my home, food and health. I am teaching myself and my children to cultivate an attitude of gratefulness.  
I have a jar of vinegar and steel wool and I applied a coat of this to the board. I left it outside because this Florida sun will dry this board in 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, I applied a whitewash over the board and let that dry. I dried brushed Glorious Gold "by Americana".  

Next I created the words "Be Grateful" by hand and rubbed the back of the paper with pencil. I traced the letters to create an outline on the board. Once I was done, I took out my gold oil based Sharpie and followed the lines. 

Here is a close up of the board before I created the lettering. 

This lovely sign is going up in my office/homeschool wall gallery so I can always remember to "Be Grateful".
 

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19 comments:

  1. I love signs and love the weathered look of this one. Thank you for visiting me toay.
    betsy

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  2. Vanessa, such a cute sign, but the message is profound! Thanks for the reminder to be grateful! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

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  3. Love this sign, but you need a Cricut! ;)

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  4. I love the way you used paper and pencil to create sign. I think I might be able to make this one! Thanks for the post.

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  5. What a beautiful reminder to live a life of gratitude! Great job! :)

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  6. Beautiful sign! Tis the season to be grateful and count our blessings. Hugs, Holly

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  7. This is so cute! I love how simple it was to make!

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  8. Beautiful! Love the distressed look.

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  9. Love the lettering and the message! Thanks so much for showing us How to! Vanessa, I'd love it if you'd come share this @ my What to do Weekends Party!! This weeks closes tomorrow night at midnight. :)
    Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

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  10. I love the way it turned out! I love "trash to treasure" stuff like this. You gave that old wood new life :)

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  11. This is so pretty! What a nice reminder to think about your blessings.

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  12. What a great reminder to be grateful! I love how simple this project was, and I love that you used the gold Sharpie. I'm not very good with DIY projects but this seems like something even I could do!

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  13. Very nice!! I love this Be Grateful!

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  14. You've inspired me to make one for my son. He is grown, but he can always use a reminder. Love the techniques you used and that you made your graphic by hand. All the more special. Pinned

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  15. Love this. We all need reminders to be grateful.

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  16. This is beautiful! You make me want to paint things! LOL
    :) gwingal

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