Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dreaming of "Mon Jardin"

I studied French in high school, college, and graduate school, so it's always fun for me to throw some Francais around my home.  Combine the fact that I am DYING for Spring to chase away the last of Winter so I can get out in my garden....and you have my latest craft:  a handpainted "jardin" sign.

I already made a farmhouse sign from the reclaimed wood I got from a family barn in Georgia.  I used the smaller piece I cut last time for this project.

I painted on a smeary mix of brown and black acrylics to cover up the red.

It soaked into the grain beautifully. I almost wanted to leave it like this!

I applied a crackle medium, warm white paint, and then used an oak gel stain to further distress the corners of the wood.

The paint and crackle medium worked beautifull with the old wood.  For the letters, I used the same technique I did here and filled them in with "Tahiti Blue."

So to dispell the rest of winter's drear, I will dream of "mon jardin."

To see what parties I'm linking to, check my Blog Parties tab.  I'm also linking to:

This is also my first week of linking up at Sunday Showcase and Favorite Things Friday!


  1. Tres Chic, Kelly! This is an Etsy sign :) Thanks for the tute! First Jardin sign I've seen in blogland. xo ~M

  2. It looks beautiful, love how you did this too & the use of French to chase winter away, love it!


  3. What a darling sign! I love speaking French too! but I can't really!! Ha!

  4. This turned out so great- love the crackle finish!

  5. GREAT piece ! Your works are always inspiring. I also love French style sorts. I've also painted my wall the lavender field. If you've a moment please see my latest blog. Thanks

  6. Hey Kelly! :) You know you're always welcome to come to my house for tea...and I'll even throw in a cupcake! :)
    I wish I had taken some French in school, just so I can read all the french sayings in blogland...I didn't take any second language. sigh...hindsight is def 20/20! :) Oh well...I can rock a power tool, so that's something! hee hee hee
    Have a great day!!

  7. Love it! Your pictures are great as well. If only I were crafty - hopefully you can teach me!

    Following you back from East9thStreet!

  8. It's very beautiful. I love that blue color.

  9. Love it! It really does make me long for my garden too and I was just talking with my daughter about our planting dreams for this year. :-) Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday Kelly!
    P.S. Did you get my email?

  10. I love what you did to this wood! I grew up around several barns and most of them are torn down now. What I wouldn't give to have a stack of the wood. Your sign is just beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

  11. Love it. I've got some old fence boards that are waiting for a project.

  12. This is beautiful! I am going to featured this tomorrow as part of my party highlights!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  13. VEry cute...I love the colors. The blue is so cheery!

    have a great week.

  14. Really sweet- I love the colors and finish- I am dreaming of spring too!!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  15. I really like how you distressed the edges with the stain. Very pretty sign!

  16. I am so ready for spring as well! I hope your lovely sign helps it get here sooner! Thanks for linking this up as well.

  17. It looks great! I love the color....great job on your home-made barn sign!

  18. This is beautiful. I too love the color. Thanks for sharing at Fantastic Friday. I hope that you will join us again this week.

  19. Yet another great sign, Kelly!


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