Wednesday, September 5, 2012

French Sign

I picked up this really interestingly shaped wood piece at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago with every intention of making it over and putting it in my Etsy shop. 

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However, I thought the size might be good for that space over our bed in the master bedroom.   It looked pretty good when I hung it there just to get an idea of size, but I’ll know better once I see these pictures.   Since I went along the lines that I’d be keeping it, I decided to try something a little different for me.  I started off by giving it a base coat of Duck Egg, which I have in the room already.

**This is where the picture would be if I had remembered to take it in its Duck Egg state.  Sorry about that, but just imagine it coated in Duck Egg.

Then, using one of the techniques I learned at the Annie Sloan paint workshop I went to, I added Old White to the top.  Now this is a first for me and I was a little nervous about how it would come out.

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The above picture shows one coat of Old White over the Duck Egg; I did two coats.  I then took some sand paper and lightly sanded so that the Duck Egg would show through.

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I wanted to add a design to it and had a few reverse image graphics that I had copied on the copier at the library and chose this one.  This is from The Graphics Fairy.

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Since I had a pretty good result from the Mod Podge transfer method on the bread board I did here, I decided to try it on this as well.  I found the bread board came out good for me when I did it at night and then left it to dry overnight {no temptation to rub it away too soon!}.  The next morning I wet it with a paper towel and used my finger to rub away the paper.  The best tip I have read when doing this is to cut the design as close as possible so you don’t have so much excess paper to rub away.

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Once that was dry I added a coat of clear wax.  Then came in and added a coat of dark wax.

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Here it is over the bed!

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This is the third thing I’ve tried here and I’m hoping the third times the charm!

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26 comments:

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

It looks really wonderful~I just went over and read your how to but I still had a few questions...Transfering is not something I do a lot, and am interested in the particulars with mod podge...your bedroom is so elegant by the way~and the Paris touch is lovely!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kathy that looks great!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kathy, this looks so pretty! I love it above your bed.

Judy said...

I really do like it about the bed. It's just the right scale. Very pretty too.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

It looks great! Perfect over the bed. I love your bedroom.

Debbiedoo's said...

This room just keeps evolving. Just when I think it can't have anymore cute touches, there you go again. I love your sign Kathy.

Olive Cooper said...

Wow, just perfect for the space over the bed. Well done. xoxo, olive

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

It's gorgeous Kathy! I love it over your bed!!!

Dee

Debra from Bungalow said...

Wow! It's perfect above your bed!

Creative Breathing said...

A bed fit for a King and Queen! Thank you so much for stopping by Kathy with your words of encouragement. I remember your birthday is Oct 31st and have saved aside the little black birthday bird for you should you like it. I think he an absolute favorite of mine. Have a lovely day! Elizabeth

Eclectically Vintage said...

I've been searching for the perfect thing to hang over my bed - this is fabulous! Funny, I just bought some transfer paper - now I need to find the perfect image.
Kelly

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it. It looks perfect. You are definitely the redo and transfer queen. Amazing. Hugs, Marty

clochesandlavender.com said...

This sign came out great and your bedroom is beautiful. I am addicted the transferring method at the moment. I just did an old cabinet door. I would love for your to see it.

Cynthia

sandra said...

Absolutely perfect~I cannot imagine you ever finding anything that would be better in any way. What a lovely room you have!

Gail said...

You nailed it this time Kathy! It looks beautiful there. Hope you are having a wonderful day, Gail

Okio B Designs said...

Oooh that came out really great! It looks perfect over your bed!

Jeanine

missy said...

Love it..and your bedroom..very elegant..

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow..that looks great over the bed Kathy!!...Great job as always...love that transfer method!!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That turned out great!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I think it looks marvelous!!! I just bought my first can of AS dark wax and I love it!

Carol

vivian said...

HI KAthy,
Your piece turned out perfectly and looks great over your bed. I imagine it is hard to find just the right thing to put there. But I think this works out great!
have a great night!
xoxo
vivian

NanaDiana said...

Kathy- I love it-it is the perfect piece for that space. Great job- xo Diana

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

LOVE IT! I tried transferring an image on a flower pot using Gesso and I am not impressed so far. Can't believe I haven't tried the Mod Podge yet but after seeing your project here today, I am going to get right on it!!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a cute sign. Love the graphic. I want to see more of your bed! Love the toile you have on it!!

A Magical Whimsy said...

Your accent Paris 'sign' looks marvelous! You always find such intriguing items to repurpose.
XO
Teresa in California
http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

Little Miss Maggie said...

This is totally perfect for the spot over your bed. Great find and makeover too.

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