I feel like I am always mentioning Pinterest in everything I post, and today won’t be any different! As usual, I was on Pinterest and saw an adorable piece of wall art that said “Let’s Stay Home.” I loved it, and knew we needed it in our bedroom.
When I was at my Mom’s house a couple of weeks ago, I created my design on the Silhouette Studio, and we cut vinyl to use as a stencil for my wall art. The vinyl we cut wasn’t as big as I had hoped. I wanted my wall art to be poster size, so 24×36. Well, lucky for me, I made the best decision ever and ordered the Silhouette Cameo 3 for myself!!! I also ordered a 12×24 cutting mat in order to make my large piece of wall art. Everything arrived this past Tuesday.
I redesigned my wall art on the Silhouette Studio, and I used the fonts Sweet Pea & Yellow Daisy. Sweet Pea was downloaded from dafont.com, and Yellow Daisy was purchased in the Silhouette store. I changed the dimensions to 24×36, and I set my cutting mat size to 12×24.
After I my design was finished, I started to prep the wood. I used a piece of sanded plywood for this. I wanted a creamy color background, so I used Rustoleum Chalked Spray Paint, in Chiffon Cream. I sprayed two coats, and let it dry completely before doing anything else.
While the paint was drying, I sent my design to the Silhouette and let it cut. I rearranged the words on the mat, so it would cut each word at one time. For this, I used Oracal 631 vinyl.
Once everything was cut, I weeded the design, applied transfer paper, and spent a LOT of time working on the placement. I always want everything to be even and perfect. I think it could be a little bit better, but for the first project, it’s not too shabby. My mom said it looks good, so that’s all that matters, right?
The letters are painted in “Enchanted Meadow” by Behr. I was going for a sea glass green color to match our bedroom. I am pleased with the color choice. I used a sponge dotter to paint the words, and I applied two coats. Before it completely dried, I pulled up the vinyl, and voila! I also used an Xacto knife to clean up any spots where the paint ran under the stencil, as I wasn’t so lucky to have crisp lines.
The next step was to add the frame. I have to admit that I made this part extremely complicated. More complicated than it needed to be! I don’t have a nail gun, and I wasn’t sure if I would be framing anymore signs anytime soon, so I didn’t want to make such a large purchase on a nail gun that would accommodate the size of nails I needed. I nailed the frame together the old-fashioned way, with a hammer and threaded nails.
The frame is 1×2, cut down to the appropriate size and stained in Dark Walnut by Minwax. To attach the frame to the plywood, I used wood glue and an adjustable strap to hold it all together while it dried. I did try to nail the frame into the plywood, but since the plywood is only 1/4 inch thick, it was rather difficult.
After seeing this with a frame, it makes it look bare without one! Isn’t this cute!?
Here is a panoramic picture of our bedroom before the “Let’s Stay Home” sign.
And here is our bedroom now! I moved the small pieces of decoration over to the right, and put the wall art in its place.
I LOVE it, and hope you do, too! Good luck with your projects this week!