i should be mopping the floor: DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign

This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign was an easy afternoon project.
Check out the entire tutorial below.

This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
We've been working really hard to get our little mudroom (or, mud "hallway") in order before school starts. I wanted to add a little motivational sign for the kids to see before they grab their backpacks and head out the door. I'm super happy with how this came together...the sentiment means a lot to our family, too.

This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
Anything can happen if you let it 
Sometimes things are difficult but you can bet it
Doesn't have to be so

Changes can be made
You can move a mountain if you use a larger spade

Anything can happen, it's a marvel

You can be a butterfly
Or just stay larval

Stretch your mind beyond fantastic
Dreams are made of strong elastic

Take some sound advice and don't forget it
Anything can happen if you let it...


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
 Photo courtesy of Hayley Duggar, Mary Poppins Vive Les Arts Director


Our youngest son played the role of Michael Banks in the musical Mary Poppins this summer at our local theater. It was an incredible experience. One of the last songs in the play was Anything Can Happen If You Let It. Such an incredible song, as you can tell from the excerpt above. I wanted to create a piece to commemorate the amazing experience this summer has been. Out of all of the songs and lyrics, I thought this one was fantastic.


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
This sign started as an eight foot 1x6 board. I cut it down to five feet long and sanded the edges really well. I mixed two of my favorite "neutral" colors of Folk Art Chalk style paint and painted a simple base color on one side of the board. I added vinyl lettering that I cut with my machine. You can also find pre-cut vinyl lettering at craft stores.

I "sealed" the vinyl with another coat of my mixed paint. 
This prevents bleeding on the lettering.


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
I used a wax puck along the edges of the painted board. This prevents the top coat of paint from fully sticking...giving it a bit of a weathered look. When I sand it, it lets that top coat come right off...but leaves the bottom layer of paint in tact. You can get the same effect with the side of a wax candle stick. 


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
The top coat of paint was my fave, y'all. Waverly's new chalk style paint in Lagoon is pretty gorgeous, y'all. And their brushes are great to work with, too. I only needed one coat. 


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
After the Lagoon color dried, I pulled off the vinyl. As you can see, my sealing technique I explained above really helped prevent any kind of bleed under the lettering.  


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
I lightly sanded the edges and the main body of the piece, too. The wax puck really helped the top coat of paint "fall" off and reveal the darker paint of the bottom coat. I sealed the board with Waverly's Matte Varnish. This is actually a wax brush, but it works well for varnish, too.  


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
 Here's kind of a close-up of the finish.


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.
The perfect little sentiment to send my kiddos off to school with!


This DIY Weathered Chalk Paint Sign is an easy afternoon project. Check out the entire tutorial from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.

A big thank you to Plaid Crafts for supplying all of the paint, varnish, and brushes for today's post.






10 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this post and the poem. Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely pinning it for inspiration next time I decide to make a sign.

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  2. Love how it turned out! Hope I have time to make a sign at some point. Really fun!

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  3. Lovely sign!! I've been wanting to make one for the longest time and haven't gotten to it yet, now you've inspired me to really get this going! Would you please come and share your lovely sign over at my Sweet Inspiration Linky? It's on right now! I'd love to see you there! Have a great weekend!

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  4. I love it! Great tips too! Pinning to the Monday Funday board! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love this! Thanks for the technique tips, I'm going to try it out!

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  6. Cool! I love how this turned out! I'm sure your kids will be inspired every day!

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  8. This looks so gorgeous. You are awesome at making these signs and I love your tutorials. Great work!

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  9. I love this sign, thanks for the tips about the wax. I haven't made a sign yet myself but have plans to add a few and this will come in handy for sure.

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  10. Hi Kristi! Just popping by to let you know I'm featuring your post tonight over at Shoestring Elegance and our What to do Weekends party!
    Thanks for sharing with us I love this tutorial! Your sign turned out beautiful.
    Theresa.

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