Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Joy To The World Christmas Decoration

This nifty homemade sign will find a home near my nativity scenes this Christmas. Thanks to the new store in town....

Yes, Yippee and a Happy dance! I have found a habitat for humanity restore in my town. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that store. I was so tempted to buy a gazillion cabinet doors. They are solid wood, with gorgeous trims and only 5$. They just need a little paint and they are ready to hang on your wall. You know, so many ideas- so little time!

I picked out an old cabinet door that looked a bit like this-sorry I forgot to take the before picture. Oops. The one that I picked out had been used and brought in to recycle (so mine only cost $3 and had some character-dings and old paint).

If you want to try your hand at this project here is what you do:

First, spray paint the entire cabinet door cream.

Then stencil on the damask background. Use a light coat of Krylon's Caramel Latte brushed metallic sprayed lightly over a damask stencil (I used my silhouette to make this stencil). Lightly spray paint over the area to avoid runs and drips- this is supposed to be faint.

Next, cover your stencilled area with scrap paper to protect it. Spray paint the cabinet trim with Krylon's oil rubbed bronze brushed metallic spray paint. Now you have a "frame".

While that is drying pick a phrase. I wanted something Christmasy- like "Oh, come let us adore Him" or "Let earth receive her king". I went with "Joy to the World". Use any letter stencils.

Gently sand the damask area and dust off any particles. Then center the lettering stencils and lightly paint with black (I actually used a paint brush and stencilled this step).

Then tenderly sand everything in the cream area and lightly apply antique gel on top around the edges of the cream area.

When the sign is how you want it, finish the project off by giving everything a spray of a clear satin finish.

Let it dry and enjoy your good work!

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Tracy Suzanne said...

That's a really cute and clever idea. I love the damask pattern background.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Jennifer said...

This is gorgeous... I love it! It will look beautiful by your nativity scene! :)

Rissa said...

That looks so cool. Good job.

HHW - Mandie said...

We have a goodwill store near us, I love rummaging through everything to see what I can recreate it into.

Your blog is lovely!

Stop by sometime!!

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

This is an awesome idea! I need to find our Habitat store. I used to go to one in my old hometown and loved it. Thanks for reminding me! said...

You did a beautiful job! Gotta love that restore! :)
thanks for sharing, and giving such detailed instructions!

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