Today I am joining several other DIY bloggers in the new monthly Junk Revision Challenge.
Each month we are given a theme to work with. Then we try to find an item to salvage from the trash or a thrift store and re-purpose it to fit that theme. On the first Monday of each month each of us will share our item in the Junk Revision Challenge post on each of our blogs. This month's challenge was "an outdoor project". I decided to make a welcome sign to hang at our front entry.
I chose a piece of woven lattice that we had removed from an end table we bought at a thrift store to refinish. As you can see it needed a bit of TLC as did the table.
I have been wanting a welcome sign for our front entry area and this piece was just the right size for what I wanted. I thought the woven lattice design would add a little texture and interest to the sign itself.
After scouring through my stash I found some little wooden letters and some metal trim I had bought at Michael's at the beginning of the summer. I didn't know what I was going to do with the trim but it looked interesting and I knew I would find something to use it on. I am so glad I had it now.
Basically, I cleaned the lattice piece well and then painted it with some white DIY chalk paint. I painted the edge of the frame and the letters with black chalkboard paint.
Then with Papa's help we put the metal trim on the outer edge of the sign. It took all four of our hands to accomplish this little task. Not hard just a little unwieldy.
When we finished that step I took the black chalkboard paint and "antiqued" the metal trim. First I brushed the paint on the trim (#1 above), then I wiped it off with a soft dry cloth (#2 above). This left enough of the black in the crevices that it looked like years of exposure had collected on it. You can add as much or as little antiquing as you like by adding the paint and wiping it off in stages.
We hung it on the outside wall near our front door in the entry area so it greets guests as they arrive. Our door and shutters are also black and we have white trim on our yellow house - so it matches perfectly.
I love the challenge this group gives me each month - so much fun to see what I can do to turn a piece of "trash" into a "treasure" I love. Be sure and visit each of the links below and see what everyone else was able to do with their piece of "trash". I think you will be inspired by all the creativeness found here that you'll want to create your own treasure. And don't forget to come back next month when we are challenged to create a desktop/office project. I know there are going to be some awesome entries in that challenge also.