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Attempting Aloha: Sep 5, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Barn Wood Subway Art Sign




Well, folks, I finally jumped on the Silhouette bandwagon. Are you hooked yet?  This was my first project, and I am amazed! 

It took me a minute to get it figured out and able to do what I wanted, but once it started cutting all those letters out, I just wanted to sit and watch it work its magic. So fun!

I mentioned my new prize to my sister-in-law, Jami, and we started brainstorming projects we could do. She mentioned there's a little barn near her house being torn down, and we knew it would be the perfect background for our artwork. 



This is actually right on the ground, and the walls are spread out on the ground around it. Pretty cool, though!



The wall planks are tongue-in-groove, so it made a nice tight fit. We sanded off some of the crap (literally) that was on it but were careful to leave the chippy paint and character that the fading made. Then we lined them up so the faded ends were staggered and measured our pieces.




Our finished sign was 40" wide x about 32" high. If you're recreating something similar and don't have a barn nearby to use wood from, I'd use 6" wood. You'd need three 8' pieces, but it would still be less than $15! You can even weather or age the wood using steel wool and vinegar! Visit THIS tutorial from my friend Being Brook

Here's an example of her weathered headboad:



We ended up deciding on subway art using words that have to do with their family

In order to maximize my vinyl and not waste, I created my artwork in InDesign first and then just duplicated the words and fonts in the Silhouette program but crunched it all in the space provided (maximum 12" width). 

My vinyl is from HappyCrafters.com. Their white matte comes in 12x24 and 12x12, and their prices beat big stores even with a 40% off coupon! They also ship to Hawaii and overseas military addresses. Wahoo! 

Then I cut out each word, and Jami and I painstakingly placed each letter. Truthfully, it would have been a 30 minute project, but with 8 kids running around, we may have stretched it out to 2 hours. Ha!  




But tell me it's not totally worth it for the end result?! And it fits their adorable family to a T.

Tell me that's not one of the cutest families you've ever seen!




This was also a room transformation. It previously had a forest green wall, so we made Mike paint painted it a more neutral color and found some great burlap chevron  pillow covers at Hobby Lobby. And I sewed the small brown/silver pillow. It was my first attempt at piping! Not bad, but my corners need a little work. Don't look too close. ;)




I love Jami's style. She has a great eye and knows how to accessorize and pull a room together. Here's the wall where you first walk into the room:




And now the main entry room:




For more of Jami's projects, visit MY PROJECTS page and scroll to the bottom to see a few links to her work!


And if you love a bargain and are just starting to build up your vinyl collection, HappyCrafters.com is offering a free sheet of black iron-on vinyl. Just visit their home page and see for yourself. No coupon codes needed!

DISCLAIMER:
This post was partially sponsored by HappyCrafters.com. All work, photography, ideas, and opinions are my own.



Aloha,

Charlie