Another Pinterest Inspired Piece

INSPIRATION –  http://pinterest.com/pin/73145672/

MY RE-CREATION –

This piece was one of the first things I found on pinterest that I absolutely adored. It is so beautiful in its simplicity and honesty, I just had to recreate it .  Fortunately, I had everything here – so this project cost me a whopping $0.00 and about 4 hours.

I started out by asking hubby to find me a board approximately 40″ X 28″ – he found a scrap board that was about 60″ X 24″, so he cut it down to 40″ and I made due.  I used my Cricut and the Jasmine font and cut out all the letters at 3″.  I then sanded the board and painted with a blend of leftover paint (a caramel brown from the kitchen, and black from my oldest’s bedroom trim).  I did not spend any time worrying about painting it evenly or neatly – I was going for a sort of rustic/worn look.  Then came the real pain in the bootie work – measuring the board to evenly space the letters.  Pain Pain Pain – you see, I was silly and assumed that by cutting the letters out at 3″, they would all measure 3 inches and everything would be hunky dory – nope.  I didn’t take into consideration that the capital letters would be taller, as well as the tall (like “b” or “h” or “l”) or hangy-down letters (like “g” or “p”) would throw off the measurements.  In the end, I taped off 3 1/2 inch lines down the board and tried to center each row of letters within the taped lines.  I used mod podge to adhere the letters and then painted 2 coats on mod podge (matte finish) over the entire thing.  It’s far from perfect, but I still really like it. 🙂

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