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Attempting Aloha: Western Signs in Boy's Room- By Jami

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Western Signs in Boy's Room- By Jami

Hi Blogging Friends,
Thanks so much for all the awesome advice on my dining room table. It gave me much needed help and hope for tackling the table once again. I'm going to start on it soon!
I have been working on a few little projects that I thought I would share with you all.

Every year for Christmas we go up to the mountains of Wyoming and trudge through 5 feet of snow to cut our Christmas tree. It is a fun and a cold experience, that we love doing as a family.

Well this year we had a crazy year, and we didn't make it up to Wyoming..

So we bought a big full tree at Home Depot and we decorated it so pretty, and then it died 3 days after we bought it!
Yeah pretty crappy, that is why we usually cut our own!!
Then my parents came in to town and surprised us with a tree that my dad had cut at 9 o'clock at night. He climbed up a big snowy mountain in the dark and chopped it down for us!

He is a big sweet man, that is for sure...

Well after Christmas we put this tree in our garage and cut off the branches, and I had a hope that we could use it for a project in the future.

So we took the tree and sawed it in 1/2 to use it as a frame.

We had some extra cedar wood from another project and we used that as the backing.

I had a bunch of wood lettering for our boys names that I have been wanting to use forever. So I painted those and used wood glue to put them on.

I love that this sign has sentimental value.
Bridger thinks his Papa is so cool for climbing up a snowy mountain for that wood!
Bridger's nickname is Bridger Bear, so we had to add a bear.
I got all the cute metal pieces from Roberts for super cheap.

I have been wanting to make a fun piece to hang my boys artwork on.
So we had more extra wood lying around, and decided to get to work.
My husband cut some more of the cedar wood to use as the frame.

We used this extra ugly piece of wood that was lying around as the backing.

I had some extra corkboard from a previous project, so I glued that on.
We nail gunned the wood pieces over the top.
It needed some more love though.
I thought it needed some color on the wood, so I put this stain on from Minwax.
I used a rag to wipe the stain on.

I love how the wood turned out looking a bit like barnwood.
It's a little plain, but it will always be filled with lots of colorful pictures from the boys!

There western/cowboy room is slowly coming together. We are still working on our other little boys side of the room. I will update it all when we finish.
Next up is to find 2 nightstands off of craigslist that I can refinish to stick in here!
Wish me luck!


At January 28, 2011 at 5:02 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

These are such great projects, thanks for sharing!

At February 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Courtney said...

I love the sign, especially since I have a Bridger too!


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