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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

MAGIC MAKING

This post is about the little things that make someone happy. That makes someone smile.

A friend of a friend lost a beautiful dog not too long ago. As some of you know how incredibly devastating this can be, my friend wanted to do something nice for her.

We spoke back in April about the situation and she had told me a little bit about the recipient. She was a lovely sounding person who could really use something special in her life. My gorgeous friend gave me the specs of the job - This is the quote she likes, these are the colours of the room, this is the style etc etc. She even had the partner steal a bit of the wallpaper to give me so I had a better idea of what I was working with.

So, my friend and I discussed the job. I had seen all over Pinterest the most gorgeous pallet wood signs. I had in my head that this was the way forward. PLUS, I had an abundance of pallets at work! Win win....

Nope....

Just as I go to ask for the pallets from the warehouse manager, I find out we got rid of the broken ones the day before....the day before....Come on! What could I do now??  I sold the idea to my friend. She was in! This is what she was going to give her friend as a gift. I couldn't let her down now. Damn....

Quick rethink.

They tell me we have tongue and groove planks from a photoshoot. This might work....


Not too bad???? After some paint, dare I say it might even look better than my pallet idea??? 



I chose a whitewash effect (silk emulsion watered down until its a little runny) and did 2 coats to make sure I got in all of the grooves.

**I braced the back with thin wood shims (which also acts as the mount)***

Next was the best part: I got to use my Cricut again. This time, to make the stencils for the lettering. 


I tried to minimise the wastage and cut as many words as possible per piece of heavy card. I like the way this worked out ;-) 



This was the wallpaper for the room the sign would eventually be part of.....



I think this colour nailed it. 

So I got my stencils ready and used a small bit of sponge to dab it on. I didnt take any photos of this process 'cause to be honest, I had one hand holding the stencil steady and the other dabbing paint and praying that it wouldn't smudge. But I did snap this one afterwards....

The stencils were amazing. I was really impressed with how well it all worked out. 

But I'll let you guys be the judge;



I took the palm sander to the sign and gave it a few passes to give that slightly distressed look.


this is where the magic happens pallet wood sign

The absolute best part of the story is that through this journey, I got to know the recipient myself and I have my own friendship budding there. She is such a lovely and caring lady who deserves projects like this and so much more. 

My gorgeous friend D decided to give her the sign in my company so that I could see her reaction (she knows how much of a sucker I am for seeing people happy). It made my day that not only did D love the gift she gave but that her our friend loved her sign too. 











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