Old sign for the "Spring" room

I was inspired to create this after seeing an article somewhere where Ana created her own old "laundry" sign. She used the same idea using the Numbered Cubbies plan. We just purchased a second home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and it has 4 bedrooms. I'm decorating each with a season in mind. I wanted something to go across the top of the windows.

So, off the the landfill I went. I was looking for an older piece of wood. Low and behold, found one that was perfect. It already had a weathered stain, so I just added a cream paint and then a light green paint. I sanded it off in areas to distress it. Next, I found a quote that I liked ("Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush") and changed the font size to fit the board. I printed out the quote (on 8 pages) using only the outlines as not to waste ink (Ana's tip). I put the pages up to a window and traced over the lines with a soft lead pencil. Next, you line them up on your board and then rub the pages down so the pencil lines show up on the board. Next, I hand painted the words in. I really should look into the paint pens. :) Finally, I did a very light hand sanding of the words to make them look aged.

I love it. :)

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
paint I had hanging around that would go good with spring
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project


Guest (not verified)

Mon, 09/05/2011 - 05:01

How frugal! Great way to decorate AND recycle! I will be trying this project for sure!!!!

Martha Bridgewater (not verified)

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 07:26

I have a washer and dryer in my bathroom. The faucet for the washer shows and it looks terrible. Can anyone help me find someway to hide these and still look good.

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