No, it wasn't the lovely quilt or stunning headboard that captivated me, but the wooden sign above the bed. Oh how I love this sweet little piece of wooden wall decor!
Knowing full well that the price was most likely going to be the abrupt end of this love affair, I was afraid to look. Oddly enough, I found that the piece wasn't even for sale. Hmmmm....strange.
Then the light bulb went off. Why can't I make this myself & put my own spin on it?
Last summer, my husband decided to remove some badly damaged tongue & groove flooring that had been in our basement since who knows when. At that time, I begged him to save me a piece of the flooring because I just might use it one day. He rolled his eyes, but agreed.
Needless to say, that flooring has just become my own Pottery Barn knockoff.
Instead of torturing my hubby to cut the edges straight for me, I decided to leave them crooked. Did I ever tell you my sisters & I have named my husband, "crooked eyes" for his inability to cut or hang anything straight on the first try? LOL
Anyway, I cleaned the wood. Then decided on a different quote, one with a Spring theme to it. I printed it from my computer, mirror imaged & then did the poor man's transfer technique by using a pencil to rub a light outline of the letters.
Then I panicked. I am certainly not an artist. This was going to be one tough job painting the letters. So what did I do?
Sing praises to the black Sharpie marker, of course!
I know some of you may be shaking your head & calling me a silly amateur right now. If the Sharpie plan proved disastrous, I was just going to cover the whole thing with chalkboard paint & call it a day.
Ha! It worked! I can't believe it! It really worked!
Now I'm sure there are many of you who would have made this far more lovely to look at, but I'm pretty pleased with it. It's just the thing I needed for my Spring Mantel.
Speaking of which, I'll be back to post my Spring mantel later this week.
Have a good week, my friends.
Oh by the way, I'm going to link this up at All Things Heart & Home for the All Things Inspired party and at DIY by Design for the Swing into Spring party. Go on over & check it out!