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Sunday, 12 August 2012


Hi everyone, its been a long time since my last post! I've had the most amazing time with my little man and hubby over the Olympics. Its amazing how much pride London has at the moment. Closing Ceremony tonight....I will have my kleenex at the ready.

So, despite my absence from the Blog world, I have been working hard on tons of projects around my house and racking up ideas, left right and center, in hopes to share them all here with you.

As you have seen on the Tacky Dressing Table Revamp a few weeks ago, I was desperately searching for a dressing table for our soon-to-be redone Master Bedroom. *Sidenote*The term Master Bedroom has always made me laugh...there is nothing Master about this room at all....lol. With the one completed piece of furniture in there, this room screams CHANGE ME more than it did before. I will be putting up pics in a later post for those who want to feel much better about their bedrooms. I tell you now....its not pretty.

I was searching online for accessories ideas for the bedroom and I nearly died.....The price for basic home accessories now is absolutely SHOCKING, no?? In particular, this little baby stood out for me:

See the Subway art sign?? Cute huh? I thought so too and I thought it would look GREAT in my kitchen...until I saw the price. £80!! (for my American readers; $125). In one word: EXCESSIVE. This is a piece of MDF with printed words....thats it, thats all. There are a-million-and-one tutorials around on how to do this yourself. Here's mine. (I know I started out with looking for bedroom stuff but in true Helen fashion, I've gone off in another direction...)

First, you'll need:

  • A piece of MDF (any home improvement store will sell you a sheet (and cut it for you) for about £10
  • Tester pot of base colour paint - this will run you about £2
  • Carbon paper - £1 (for a pack of 20 sheets)
  • Paint brushes - large one and fine one for detail
  • Tester pot of letter colour paint - another £2

Start with chosing the size of the sign you'd like. I chose a long rectangular shape for mine.

Paint the base in whatever colour your heart desires.....I chose a grey colour.....

This was the colour

Next was the hardest part of the entire project.....Figuring out what text I wanted. I have seen alot of projects on Family Rules and I love how you can totally customize this to whatever suits your family. Check out these examples.

So, I chose a set of rules that suits my little family. Chosing the fonts you want is step 2 in this process. I measured the board across and chose fonts that would allow me to use the width well. You want to chose fonts that aren't too tricky and that keeps the look ledgible and clean. 

Print out the lines as you want the positioned. For instance, in the image above, print out the FAMILY RULES line first. Draw a light line on the board and place your paper (lined up) and grab your carbon paper. 

Then, you're going back in time to your school days! Trace.....trace around the lettering, making the imprint with the carbon paper on to the board.

I wasn't looking for a printed look to my letters. I love the handmade, not-so-perfect look to things. If you want something more clean and uniform, there are vinyl stencils that you can buy on Ebay that will give you the look you're after. 

I love "Dream Big"

I was wanting to put this piece in the kitchen. The colours are very neutral and a mix of greys / stones. So, I chose a light, off-white colour for the letters. 

This part is time consuming but I think the finished project will make it all worth it. I took my fine paint brush and painted the letters slowly, with the first coat. 

It is far from perfect, but that's the way I like it

A lot left to go...

I'm hoping that I get time to finish this, sometime this afternoon. I'm excited to have it up in the kitchen for everyone to see! I'll make sure that I keep you guys updated with the progress of this project and of course I'll take some pictures of the final piece, hung up in the kitchen. 

On a slightly different note, I have had loads of visitors on my Blog, and I am so very happy and grateful for you all. I appreciate that you've taken the time to see and read the things that I've posted, it means alot. 

Please please please, leave your comments and if you have a blog of your own, post your address so that I can check your stuff out too! Everyone needs some love and encouragement for putting their thoughts and ideas online for the world to see. 

Enjoy your Sunday, whatever you decide to do! 


  1. Lovely project...can't wait to see the finished product.

  2. Love these kind of signs and you are SO right to do it yourself - brilliant project! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labour!!


  3. Hi Helen! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment! Your subway art is going to turn out great, I hope you post the pics of the finished project soon!
    Besos from Spain

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