I am almost half way through decorating the room for House for Hope.
It is a little overwhelming.
The challenge I’m facing right now is decorating walls of a room the size of the ballroom at Downton Abbey with a budget that could maybe cover the cost of a really good meal at a fast food restaurants.
I was pricing wall decor for the space and quickly figured out that I could afford one corner of one piece of a giant over-sized galvanized clock.
When faced with an almost insurmountable decorating dilemma….
….what’s a girl to do?
Shop the home improvement store.
I came up with the idea of painting giant signs for the space.
Giant signs I could paint in an afternoon.
Giant signs with one inspirational word of the year on them.
So I turned to my old friend plywood.
Here’s how the cost broke down.
I purchased 2 sheets of 48″ x 48″ pieces of plywood and had them cut in half just like this to measure 24″ x 48″.
Then I purchased 10 pieces of 1″ x 2″ x 8″ inexpensive pine board (I think we only ended up needed 8 for the project) to use as a frame.
The grand total for everything was $48.74.
I started with priming the plywood and painting it with SW Alabaster that I had leftover from another project.
You can have the pieces of pine cut at the store, too.
To make the sign, you’ll need 4 pieces cut.
2 cut to 48″.
2 cut to 26″.
I stained the pieces with some Dark Walnut from Minwax that I had leftover from another project.
Then I decided on my word of the year for my family that was going to live in this House for Hope.
I printed it out using the Courier font from my computer with 200 size letters.
It took two pages to print the letters, so I taped them together.
Then I flipped the paper over and colored each of the letters with a pencil.
It’s a great alternative if you don’t have carbon paper.
Make sure you cover each letter with extra pencil.
Then flip your word back over, place in the middle of the sign and firmly trace each of the letters onto the painted plywood.
Then fill in with a sharpie or paint them with craft paint.
Here’s the over-sized finished sign.
I’m painting four of them which will go along way to filling up the walls at Downton Abbey.
Here’s the thing….I need a little help.
I painted this one with one word, but now I have three empty signs ready to paint.
If you could add a word to encourage our imaginary family from the House for Hope for 2017….
….what would it be?
PS I wish the ballroom came with a Mr. Carson, too. 🙂