Sunday, July 21, 2019

Farmhouse Sign Tutorial

How to make farmhouse signs has been one of my most requested tutorials.  While, this is a pretty easy project, there are a few tips and tricks to make the project go a bit smoother.  Here's what you'll need.
1" thick wood planks.  In this particular tutorial I use 1"x12"x6'
1"x2" Wood Strips
White Chalk Paint
Black Chalk Paint
Wood Stain
Paint roller
Makeup Sponges
2" finishing nails and hammer or nail gun
Dremel Tool with grinder attachment (Optional)
Paint Pen (optional)
Vinyl Stencil and transfer paper or Chalk Couture Stencil and Chalk Paste
Clear Matte Spray Paint (optional)
Paint the 1"x12"x6' board white with the paint roller and then stain the 1"x2" wood strips with the wood stain of your choice.  My favorite stain colors are Briarsmoke and Dark Walnut.
 Now your going to nail the stained wood strips to the top and bottom sides of the white wood plank.
 Make sure it is flush on one end, even if it overhangs the other.
 Use the nail gun to put just enough nails to attach the trim to the plank.  If you don't have nail gun, you can use a hammer and regular nails.
 You can see that both trim pieces are flush with the end on one side and then overhang the other.
 Use the miter saw to cut off the excess trim.
 Sometimes a nail may pop through the back and I use my dremel tool to grind off the piece that is exposed.
 Use your vinyl cutting machine to make the stencil of your choice.  I use Oracal 631 vinyl.
 Weed the letters out of the vinyl.
 Cut transfer paper to the size of your stencil.
 Place the transfer paper on top of the stencil and rub all over it with a plastic card.
 Pull the stencil apart from the backing.
 Place the stencil onto the wooden sign and then rub the card over the top.
 Pull the clear off leaving the black behind.
 Using the makeup wedge go over the stencil with white paint.  This will keep bleed through from happening.
 Allow the white to dry but not too long.  Do not use a hair dryer.
Then go over the stencil using the black paint.  Make sure you are blotting up and down and not swiping the sponge.
 Then peel off all of the black stencil.  No need to wait for it to dry.  I actually get better results while pulling when it's still wet.
 Use a paint pen for touch ups.
 I'm using Chalk Couture Stencils for the other 2 designs.  These are perfect for those who don't have a vinyl cutter.  Separate the green from the backing.
 Then press the green down on the wooden signs.
 Use a squeegee to apply the chalk paste over the stencil.
 Do not allow the paste to dry.
 Pull the stencil off.  Use a small paint brush to do any touch ups.

 Use the saw to cut apart the individual designs.

 Cut Side pieces to fit the sides of the signs.  Since all these are on the same size plank, they will all be the same size.
Use a nail gun or hammer and nails to secure the frames around all edges of the sign.
                                                
 Seal with a matte clear coat, if desired.


Monday, March 25, 2019

709 Meadowlark Lane

One day I was sitting in my stylist's chair getting my hair done and I was browsing Realtor.com as I often did and I spotted a house.  A house that needed some updating, but for the most part checked everything on our house "want" list.  It is a huge home on about an acre lot with a shop as big as the house.  I could see the amazing potential lying in wait.  We purchased said house with grand plans to update it quickly and live happily ever after there.  Quickly turned into 3 1/2 years lol.  But it's FINALLY done and every ceiling has been freed from the popcorn texture and repainted in a nice smooth flat white.  That is a job I hope to NEVER tackle again!  All of my visions and plans for this beautiful home are finally complete and I want to share the befores and afters with you!

First up is the exterior of the home.  At first glance it doesn't appear that much was done to the exterior, but I assure you there was.  Updates to the exterior include a new roof, new paint, removal of the wheelchair ramp from the front porch and removal of the lower deck in the back of the home.
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The one acre property also contains a 2400 square foot shop building.  We really didn't do anything to the exterior of this building except give it a good scrubbing.  Most of the work was done on the interior, which I can't show you yet, because if you know me at all, then you know I am a messy worker and right now it is a mess lol.  Inside we added new paint throughout and shiplap on several of the walls.  The shop also has central air conditioning, electric services and water.
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One of the biggest transformations of this home and one of my favorites is the kitchen.  New stainless appliances were added along with a farmhouse sink, new paint for the walls and cabinets, new cabinet hardware, new lighting, new countertops and a faux brick backsplash.  You can view the tutorial on that here:  http://www.amberfostercreativity.com/2018/01/faux-brick-backsplash.html  My favorite project in the room is my adorable herb garden above the sink.
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Connecting to the kitchen is the dining room.  I added new paint to the walls and built in cabinetry as well as a new farmhouse chandelier.
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The living room was a lovely shade of turquoise and I updated it with my favorite paint color that you will find throughout almost all of the house, "Into the Gloaming" by Sherwin Williams.  It's the most perfect greige.  I also restained the ceiling inlays with my favorite stain, Briarsmoke by Rustoleum.  A new farmhouse ceiling fan was added and all the trim and built in cabinetry was painted white.
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I don't have a full before of my entryway, but you can kind of see it in the before of the living room.  I added new paint to the walls, a new chandelier, and my favorite project was painting the ugly brown tile to a very on trend black and white stenciled pattern.
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The very first room I started to tackle in this house, also happened to be the largest.  It is a den, but we used it as a toy room for the kids.  I restained the ceiling inlays in Briarsmoke.  We painted the dark paneling white to brighten the whole room.  I updated the fireplace.  You can see more about that transformation here:  http://www.amberfostercreativity.com/2017/12/fireplace-facelift.html  We also removed the white carpet and replaced it with laminate flooring to match the laminate throughout the rest of the house.

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Elijah's room got a fresh coat of gray paint.  White paint for all the doors and trim and we also replaced all the door knobs throughout the house to knew antiqued bronze knobs.
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Sister's room was already pink, but we gave it a fresh coat of pink on 3 walls and glittered the accent wall.  We also painted her fan pink and all her doors and trim white.
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One of the last areas to get completed was also the most difficult, the master suite.  I restained the ceiling inlays in Briarsmoke.  A new fan was added as well as new paint to the walls and trim.  The white carpet was removed and new laminate flooring was added to match the existing flooring in the home.  And then came the terror of the master bath!  I started busting up the outdated tile only to find rotten subfloor as a result of a leaking pipe.  The more I took up the more I found leading to everything having to be gutted down to the studs. New subfloor and sheetrock was built back in.  A new tub and cabinet was installed.  All the bathroom cabinetry was painted "Elephant Ear" from Waverly Chalk Paint found at Wal-Mart.  I added a new wooden vanity top and 2 matching vessel sinks.  The backdrop for the sinks is a bright white shiplap wall.  The floor is done in a beautiful light gray ceramic tile with a dark gray grout, because ain't nobody got time to be cleaning grout all the time.  The mirrors are from Bed Bath & Beyond.
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Last, but not least is the kids' bathroom and the half bath.  New paint was put on the walls.  The bathtub was refinished in white in the full bath.  All cabinetry was chalk painted in a dark gray.  New sinks and faucets were installed as well as new lighting.  Wainscotting was added to the half bath and all trim and door were painted white. I also framed out each mirror with a wood frame stained in Briarsmoke.
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During the 3 1/2 years it took to bring my vision to fruition on this house, our home needs have changed, so we made the difficult decision to put our home on the market.  You can view the full listing here:  https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/709-Meadowlark-Ln_Durant_OK_74701_M71275-21339?view=qv