DIY Wall Art: In This House….

in this house_diy wall art

One day last week I spent all morning working on a project I wanted to do forever. First, I needed the right words, then the right space, then the right timing. Well, it seems the stars have aligned and this project is complete. 

But this story starts about two years ago. A dear friend was having a baby shower and her sweet sister sent me an email of a “family rules” sign that her sister adored and was hoping to have in her nursery. My friend thought I could make it….and so my first “In this House….” pallet art sign was born. Since then I’ve wanted to make one for my own house, but it never came to be….until last week. After brainstorming all of the things I wanted to instill in those growing up inside these walls (including myself) I realized my pallet would need A LOT of slats. I opted instead for a piece of sanded plywood waiting to become something fabulous in my craft room closet. 

I first painted it white, then dry brushed lightly with a lay of gray/blue. 

creating a distressed look

Then grabbed my favorite Black & Decker sander and went to town paying close attention to the corners and edges. 

creating a distressed look_2

The Cameo was clutch for this project. I created two 12 inch high images, each 32 inches long. The font is called Typewriter (it’s one of my favorites!).

large vinyl stencil

Now, I usually use a circle sponge brush to fill in stencils, but with it being so big I decided to rolled the paint over the stencil. You have to do this sparingly, a little at a time to get a clean look of the letters.

clean stencil

Finally, I added a topcoat with a clear sealant for long lasting loveliness! And here is the perfect spot (for now). Above the chevron buffet in our kitchen…the most used room of the house, where we will all be reminded of how to live life and treat others. 

chevron buffet

So what do you think? 

Sharing at a few parties that always inspire me!


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  1. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button:

  2. I LOVE it!! Will you be selling in your Esty Shop?

  3. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  4. Never give up – that’s so true!! Love your diy art and the chevron dresser you created too! Such a beautiful vignette – pinned!
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  5. The colors and distressing are beautiful!!!
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  6. The sign is beautiful ~ and so is the dresser! LOVE.
    I. Need. A. Cameo. Seriously.
    I’m visiting today from CRAFT. I hope you get the chance to visit my blog, linkup and leave a comment, too!
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  7. Oh, this is the cutest! I just got my Cameo and make my first sign the other day. I’m addicted and your sign gives me some inspiration to make another one!

    By the way, I’m giving away a copy of Handmade Walls E-book on my blog right now if you or your followers are interested in entering to win! It has tons of ideas on how to create custom art and frames for your walls. Love it!
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  8. I’ve been wanting to try a large piece of art with my Cameo. Yours came out beautifully!
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  9. LOVE this! What a perfect way to celebrate what is most important in your family!
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  10. I love the saying, it’s perfect. I am going to have to give this a shot.
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