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DIY cottage sign

OKAY, so it's not completely done. I bugged my friend from work for a couple weeks to bring me some rusty hinges..
When he finally brang them I left them at work!  They have been sitting on my desk all weekend.
Oh well, I decided to post it anyway.

The method I am using is from this great blog. is one of my new favorite blogs! 
The method she uses is with carbon copy paper. I found mine in the clearance section at Hancock fabrics for 79 cents.
I first practiced on an extra board I had...not bad right?

So here is the piece of wood I'm using for my sign. I'm so lucky because I have a friend from work who has a bunch of old barn wood (and the hinges) 
I just painted it white.

I then printed out the words on regular paper (using microsoft word)

the carbon copy paper is under this printed paper. I then traced over the words so it would copy onto the board. (you know...just like old times when you would write a check and it copied)

See....I lift up the paper and the carbon paper and it copied!   Now it is time to paint...That was scary for me, i really don't paint, haven't had much practice.
So here I am practicing...not very good but oh well, here goes...
Hey...not too bad! I love it!  I was very impressed with out it turned out!
After painting the words I sanded over it so even if you have little mistakes it's okay.
I think it is a perfect addition to my living room.
I don't know where I'm going to hang it quite yet so there will be a follow up post with the hinges on it as well.
I will be linking up here:
The DIY Show Off 

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  1. I like it! I've been wanting to make a rustic sign like this for our house. I love the fonts you used too!

  2. Found you at Show Off Your Cottage Monday. Love your sign!

  3. Oh my gosh! This is fantastic! Perfect start to a cottage theme for us... thanks for sharing!

  4. Darling! What a sweet keepsake. That would make a great wedding shower or housewarming gift. Very cute.

    P.S. I'm following your blog Now... I hope you'll stop by and say hi. :)

  5. I LOVE it - and want one too! Great job! :D


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