"EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT"......Ps.127:1a

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Made a Sign

We are so close to the end of our school year.  Eight more days to go.
Research papers are soon due.  My house looks like a library threw up--books everywhere!

I am itching to get to the many many projects I have lying around our house and our garage.
One small project was to make a sign for our bedroom.
I wanted a verse that would encourage me.
I came across this one:
"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him:...." Ps.37:7
I knew that this would be too long for the board I chose, but the first four words were perfect for me.
I have a huge problem with worry, so I thought this would be a good verse to see when I go to bed after making so many decisions during the day.  It would also be good to remind myself every morning when I start my day.

I used one of the boards from a pallet.
I painted it with my sample paint I had for my walls in our bedroom--a stone color.
I copied the verse in a font I liked--sorry, I can't remember which font.
The words were too big, but that was a good mistake.
I thought I could make the words "in the" smaller and with a different font.
To transfer the lettering I colored on the back of the letters with a charcoal pencil.
I positioned it on the board where I wanted it and then tacked it with some painter's blue tape.
I then traced around the letters like this.
See, I told you I was a visual person.
 This is what it looks like underneath the paper after you trace over the letters.
It transfers the charcoal onto the board.
Using my Sharpie Paint Marker I traced and colored painted in the letters.
I let it dry but not long enough and sanded over the lettering to make it look worn.
I wanted to mention that when I painted the stone color on, I did NOT go all the way to the edges.  I wanted to get that sanded -worn look without actually having to sand like crazy.
I stained it with dark walnut stain to age it.
It is perfect!
I want you all to know that I used a level when hanging my sign.
I hammered in the nails, hung up the sign, and it look crooked.
Apparently the guy who built the closet didn't level off things.
I had to mess with the nails so the sign didn't crooked with the ceiling nor the closet.

I also sewed some new Linen curtains.
I am loving the change in our bedroom.


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88 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your sign!! thank you for showing us how you did it!!

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  2. What a cute little project Tammy. Love that you used the Sharpie, it sure gave it a very defined edge. I also like the closet with the off white curtain better:)

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  3. Tammy, this is such a great tutorial I always wanted to know how to do this :) your sign looks great, I will have to add this to my "to do" list. My next project is bolster pillows...I plan on attending the Pillow Palooza linky party next week so I need to get started. Have a great weekend!

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  4. It looks great, Tammy!! Your bedroom is really coming together now the way you want it to look. :)

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  5. Love the sign. I always need to be reminded to "Rest in the Lord and wait paitiently".

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  6. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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  7. I love your sign, I needed to see
    this verse tonight. You know one of those weeks a bit discouraged, but your sign is beautiful.

    Praise God,

    Martha

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  8. Thanks so much for showing how the letters were transferred. I've been wanting to do something like this for the longest...I love your sign!

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  9. Beautiful and I love seeing how you did it and that it can be done! Rest in the Lord, a good reminder for me right now. Thank you! I found you at Knick of Time Interiors Party. Come by and visit my place sometime. I'd love to hear from you too!

    Liz

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  10. Very cute sign...thanks for sharing the tutorial! I found you through the Knick of Time link party!

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  11. Love it! Just home from Bible study and this is the perfect fit for what we were studying!

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  12. The colors are so natural...I, also, found you through the Knick of Time link party!!!
    Blessings, Becky

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  13. Love it! What a nice addition to your bedroom. Very easy transfer. Thank you for the step by step instructions!

    Have a blessed day!

    Nic

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  14. I love the sign. I recently made signs to and I used stensils, but love the fact that you gave us instructions with charcols! Follwoing you now, Di@cottage-wishes

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  15. I pinned this from Pinterest......just had to say thank you for the great tutorial!!!!! Love it. Will do it!

    Blessings, Linda

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  16. This is so cute.. I love the saying and I LOVE OLD STUFF! perfect :) *Newest Follower Here*

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  17. I love this idea and tutorial, thank you! I have a pallet I am going to use to make a sign like this for my bathroom:) xo

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  18. I love this idea and tutorial, thank you! I have a pallet I am going to use to make a sign like this for my bathroom:) xo

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  19. So cool! I didn't know Sharpie had paint pens! Learn something new everyday!

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  20. Great tut! So easy to follow your directions, thank you!

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  21. This is really cool! I definitely need to try this! We have some old fence wood in our garage, just waiting for a project such as this, so I now know what I'm going to do with it. Thank you!

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  22. Great Tutorial. I found you on Pinterest. Would love for you to share at the Creative Corner Hop. Your newest GFC follower.

    Holly
    Holly's Stamping Addiction

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  23. I FOUND YOU ON pINTEREST!!! YOU ARE VERY TALENTED AND THIS WILL COME IN HANDY tHANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!

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  24. Wonderful work! Where did you find the Sharpie Paint Pen? I didn't know they made those!

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  25. Thanks SO much for the very detailed tutorial!! I have been wanting to make a sign of my own but wasn't sure how to do the lettering without buying expensive vinyl letters. Does the same charcoal-trace-rub off technique work on canvas?

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  26. Saw this sign on pinterest. What a great job. I never would have thought to use a Sharpie.

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  27. I saw this on Time Warp Wife's Friday Five. This is a fantastic idea and I cannot wait to make my own sign!! Thanks for posting!

    I would love it if you stopped by my blog as well. I'm going to link to this page from my FB page. Too great of an idea NOT to share!

    Blessings.

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  28. What a great idea and even looks pretty easy to do!!! I didn't know Sharpie had a Paint marker. I see this happening in my future - thanks for the great tutorial.

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  29. Oh, just lovely! I came over from Time Warp Wife's Friday Five, as well. I've been wanting to make some signs, and you just showed me how. I've pinned it, too!

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  30. Yes i agree with everyone. This is so nice. What a good reminder as well.

    Blessings Gail

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  31. I have been waiting to find a way to put up scripture above the bedrooms doors and this would be perfect and I can get my teens involved by having them do there own. Thank you so much this is a answered prauer.
    Be Blessed,
    Yohana Munson

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  32. Oh my ... I love this idea. I think I can do this for Christmas presents for my grown children. Were these Sharpie Paint Markers? And when you did the sanding, did you sand over the words, and did you stain over the whole thing or just the edges? thanks

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  33. Nice!! I also make signs, people can get the text they want and then I paint it for them. I relly love this! I also do Canvas. Lyrics is popular at the moment. I am happy as long as people want to buy my homemade stuff =).
    Http://fotolia.blogg.se

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  34. Stunning, love it! In case anyone is wondering, the large font is "Engravers MT" and the small font is "Monotype Cors"! Thanks again! :o)

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  35. Do you think this would work on a canvas as well? I am looking at make some christmas gifts and love this idea and one other I plan on was using a canvas. Thank you for posting!!

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  36. Tammy this is AWESOME!!! I am so copying this for my new house with my favortie verse. To Pray is to let GO and LET God take over(LET GO AND LET GOD). Thanks for the great idea.
    Wanda from OKC

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  37. What a great project with a great tutorial. Sounds like a nice gift for my daughter. Thanks

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  38. Saw this on Pinterest and always wanted to know how to transfer type to other objects. Thanks for sharing!
    Annie from DFW

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  39. I love your sign! It's beautifully rustic! Thank you so very much for taking the time to show us how you did this! It's so very helpful..so excited to do it!

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  40. I saw you on Pinterest. I'm a worrier too, so it's a great message to take to heart. Thanks.

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  41. Thank you for the very clear instructions. I am wondering if you used the oil paint Sharpie or the water based. I have no idea if one would work better than the other. I found your great project on Pinterest.

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  42. Love it very wel done =)

    xoxoxo Xanne

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  43. I love this idea! There's a cute sign on pinterest I want to make for my nephew and I was having a hard time trying to decide how to do the letters. This is perfect! Thank you.

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  44. I found your blog on Pinterest. I am not the craftiest person, but I think I can do this one! I would love to make signs for my kid's rooms and for gifts. I am sure it is a silly question...but where do you get ahold of a pallet? I see all of these amazing projects with pallet wood and wood wine cartons and I have no idea how to find them! My daughter learned your letter transfer method from her 4th grade teached who named it the "Pencil Poop" method..LOL!

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  45. Well that's just brilliant! And I love the verse. I wonder if there is a way to transfer the letters on to something painted with a darker color than that stone color? I want to make a sign but it needs to be brown with cream/beige lettering. Short of cutting the letters out of vinyl which I am loath to do, do you think this transfer method would work if you used a light pencil?

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  46. Love this!! Have you found a foolproof way to take a pallet apart??? :)

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  47. I loooove it! I was actually wondering how to paint letters on a piece of pallets (we've got tons of them in the barn)...
    Thanks!

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  48. Love your charcoal idea! I went out and bought charcoal pieces @ Joanns a few weeks ago...you can print out letters in "outline" fonts on an inkjet printer instead of using all that ink for full colored lettering. For darker wood just place light colored transfer paper under your printed out lettering. They come in multicolored packs-white, yellow, blue, black and red (got mine @ Michaels). I love the quote that you chose...Just beautiful! I hope to make some signs soon!
    Take care,
    Patti

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  49. Hi, Viewing this on election night(something else besides that!)and your sign helped us all here. Thank you, beautiful job and also edifying!
    Donna Hays/Decorative Arts Painter/Nevada

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  50. I am not too crafty, but read through your tutorial and I'm thinking I might be able to do this. We are moving into our first (and last) home soon and I wanted to make a list of rules for the house (no politics, sweet, kind thoughts only...something like that). I love your Bible verse and may just look for something in the Bible that will make people think before they enter...I do not need worry or stress in my home either. I thought I would share with you a saying that I made up after my pets passed, my mother passed and I got an autoimmune disease. There was so much to worry about and it only made me more stressed. One day it came to me... and it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders :) Wonder is a much more positive word than worry...
    Be well... Nancy xo

    "I no longer worry about things.
    I now exchange the word "worry" with "wonder".
    ~ Nancy Langston

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  51. Very pleased to have found this site,well done! Will try it 'someday' Enjoyed your encouraging thoughts and ideas!

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  52. WOW! I am so impressed with this simple idea. I was making a sign for my twins' teacher's Christmas gift and this will be perfect! I looked through comments to see if you mentioned where you got the Sharpie paint pen, but didn't see it mentioned anywhere. Could you email me to let me know? My email is sheryl.spears1011@gmail.com. Also did you spray it with clear spray or Mod Podge it to preserve it? Let me know I would dearly love to know. What an awesome post. I will share and I will follow you! Thanks again, Sheryl

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  53. Thanks! I am dying to know what font this is, though!

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  54. I have my board painted and my letting ready to be transferred. I just realized that you used a Sharpie "Paint" pen. I am sitting here with a bunch of regular Sharpie markers and I am wondering if it's going to work as well. I guess I'll find out soon! Thanks for sharing your project!

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  55. This is so brilliant! I have been pondering how to make signs for our home, but couldn't get past the lousy results I knew I'd get with painting. However...coloring in between the lines? That I can do!

    I love the "rest in the Lord" sign you made! Can I steal it? :) I'm also going to make a series of signs with the "Christmas" names of Jesus...Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, etc.

    (I know I'm running on here...and also gushing rather embarrassingly, but seriously... I am so excited to have found your post today! Thank you for sharing this tutorial!)

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  56. Hurrah! So So excited to find your tutorial...I can make my own signs now! (I've been wanting to, but hand-painting letters is not my in my skill set. Ahem!) :)

    Love the "Rest in the Lord" sign you made. I think I'm going to start with a series of Christmas signs of the names of Jesus in Isaiah...Wonderful Counselor, etc.

    Thank you!

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  57. thanks for sharing! I can' t wait to make a sign now!

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  58. thanks for sharing! I can' t wait to make a sign now!

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  59. I love this. Everything about it. Pinned!

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  60. I really like the sign you made, "REST in the LORD". Just a few words. Yet it says a lot. Very calming. I downloaded the fonts and I think the font you used for "REST" & "LORD", was Baskerville Old Face. Thank you for sharing your talent!

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  61. Thank you for sharing how to make a sign. . Love that verse too !! Saw this on Pinterest!

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  62. Nice, why not use carbon paper?

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  63. Thank you! I love this and can't wait to give it a try. I think it would make a great gift.

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  64. this looks GREAT and much less expensive than the ones you see in stores! Thanks so much for sharing ~ And the verse is fantastic, too!!

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  65. Sharpie "paint pen" ... I've never heard of them before this!!! How totally awesome! ..... you have made my sign-crafting ideas, sooo much easier .... THANK you from this Nova Scotia, Canadian...:)

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  66. Thank you for sharing your tips. A great way to to display your favorite verse.

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  67. Awesome and crafty tip...thanx for sharing. My castle doors are always open over at my "royal blog"...a little of this and a little of that to browse. Tiffany

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  68. How did you apply the wood stain if you had painted it first? I tried doing that but the wood stain did not dry, it was a mess! Any advice would be great, thank you! :-)

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  69. Thank you for the sign tutorial! I just pinned it :-)

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  70. Hi there! I love your sign, and I have pinned and linked your tutorial in my blog! Thank you for a great Idea - I want to do this in the next week! :)

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  71. Wow, thank you for the tutorial, love it, and am getting several ideas from your blog. May I borrow your verse?

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  72. thanks for sharing! so wonderfully simple and hands on!

    yes ive had that issue when hanging with levels.. eventually realised its simpler to just eyeball it.

    a lot of times.. its not the carpenter's fault either.. sometimes wood warps or sags over time throwing all the original alignments out of whack :)

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  73. I found you on Pinterest! I love the idea of the signs and you made very clear instructions! I am refurbishing a house and I am definitely making this one of my projects to put in the house! Thank you for posting!

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  74. Thank you for your gift of spirit. I needed something to "show" my niece what I meant when I told her not all prayers are answered immediately. That sometimes the Creator says "no" or "not now." Your sign quote is amazing! What a beautiful woman you are. Rose

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  75. I just made a project using these techniques. Kinda old school; you don't see them used that much anymore. It was fun to find you (through Pinterest), and I look forward to more fun projects like this one :)

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  76. Great post, I really like that homemade sign. The finished piece looked really well done, way to go.

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  77. So happy to find you via Pinterest...have added you to my "fav blogs"....and will be a new follower! Blessings-aimee

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  78. Wonderful sign! Found you on Pinterest!! Great job!!~~Angela

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  79. I found you on Pinterest and I just wanted to say thank you for this tutorial. I used it to make a small sign and it couldn't have been easier! Thanks, again!!

    -Mari

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  80. That was fantastic and very helpful! Thank you so much!!!

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  81. That was fantastic and it will be so helpful! Thank you so much! !!

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  82. I love your Sharpie sign. I want to try one.

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  83. Hi this is a great tutorial! I wanted to show you the sign that I made based on your DIY: http://turtandelephant.blogspot.com/2014/01/diy-pallet-sign.html

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  84. Very good ! I'm going to diy this thanks for sharing

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  85. What a great mini-redo. And I didn't know you could get Sharpies with PAINT in them, I'm in love!
    I'd love for you to share this at my link party. My very first one is this Friday, Jan 31st, at FlyingC-DIY.com. Hope to see you there!

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  86. I love your sign and the verse. I can't wait to try this as I have lots of pallet boards. Thanks for sharing :).

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  87. Great idea thanks for sharing from Boston

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