I have a box of these "gems" in my basement, just waiting for the next go round. Today's featured project is a rehabbed White Elephant gift, that's now a cute addition to my kitchen.
This welcome sign was part of a fabulous box of "goodies" I received one year.
[V Family, does this look familiar? I just want you to know I'm still bummed I didn't get that sticker maker.]
It's not hideous, but it's a little too "Country Craft Show" for my taste. So, I went to work.
I removed the gingham fabric, and I used a screwdriver to pry the worded panel away from the frame.
The frame went to the garage for a few coats of Black Suede spray paint, and I took the panel to the kitchen for some quality time with me, a paintbrush and "Mad Men".
I used some Restoration Hardware "Flax" that I had leftover from doing The Redhead's nursery.
It went on nice and even, and dried quickly, which was a bonus. For the purpose of this project, the surface needed to be somewhat wipeable, so it was important to use latex paint.
Once both pieces [for the most part] dried, I reattached them with some Gorilla Glue. You can see where I stuck my thumb in the wet paint here and had to do some touching up. Oops!
While the glue was drying, I cut out some letters on my Cricut (yes, I got one. I never thought I would, but I came across a deal that was so good if I passed it up I would hate myself for eternity. So I got it).
I didn't have any vinyl to use, and wasn't really in the mood to tediously and meticulously glue 1-inch paper letters onto this panel (it was getting late and I am typically in bed earlier than your 80-year-old Grandma). What I did find that I had was full-sheet labels. Basically, it's an 8x11.5 sheet of crack & peel paper by Avery. Normally when you buy these sheets they have the labels already pre-cut. I had made some stickers for Christmas a few years ago, so I had these full sheets left over. I ran 'em through the Cricut and they cut like a charm:
Now when I'm doing my meal planning for the week, I just use chalk-ink markers to write out the week's menu. Just use a damp cloth when you need to change it up and it wipes right off! [This is why it's important to use a latex paint for 'wipability'. I'm not sure that's a word, but whatevs]
Got any potential in any of your you'vegottabekiddingme gifts of holidays past? :)