I have been so excited about getting our Christmas decorations out and up around the house! I think my favorite thing to decorate is the front porch, especially since I recently added this fun DIY crib bench, and this year I found an easy project that makes a big statement. Pottery Barn had this sign listed for $129 and all I could think when I saw it was, “$129??!! I could definitely make that!” …and so I did, for less than $20!! I love this Pottery Barn knockoff!!
I grabbed a piece of 1×12 wood at Home Depot and I thought about cutting it down since the original Pottery Barn sign was 4.5 feet long, but I went ahead and used all 6 feet of this piece of wood.
I picked out the best Christmas red I could find, using a Glidden paint, and painted the entire piece of wood with it.
After reading several tutorials on the internet, I planned to use Vaseline on several places I wanted to show distressing, but realized we didn’t have any. I ended up rubbing a light colored candle (learned it was a different option) all over the main spots I wanted to be distressed. In hindsight, I wish I had been more liberal with the candle and used it in more places, but I mainly focused on the edges of the wood.
The next thing I did was to use my Silhouette machine to cut vinyl that created letters in Ariel font that were 10 inches tall by 8 inches wide. I stuck the vinyl cutouts exactly where I wanted them to be on the wood and then painted over the entire piece of wood with a cream color. I happ
ened to have some in the garage from a previous project.
I let the paint dry overnight and then peeled the vinyl letters off.
I then used a Martha Stewart red glitter paint to give the letters some extra sparkle. Everything looks better when it sparkles, right?
Doing the distressing was the fun part. I used a steel wool pad to rub off the paint, which came off pretty easily in all of the places where I rubbed the wax from the candle.
As an added bonus, the steel wool also created black streaks, which added to the distressed look. If I was to do it again, I would have created more black streaks all over the board.
I even used my keys to make some chips in the paint and of course gave it some sanding, to try to reveal more of the red paint underneath. I used 220 grit sandpaper.
I’m so pleased with the way it turned out and couldn’t wait to get it on my front porch!
This entire project cost me less than $20, with the biggest expense being the piece of wood, which cost about $12. This might be my favorite Christmas decoration to have out. I love walking outside just to be able to walk back in and see this cute set up.
What about you? Aside from your tree, what’s your favorite piece of Christmas decor to put up?
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