Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shabby Clip Sign

I been wanting to create something useful and pretty.

So I made a sign with clips!

It's great when things that looks good are also functional.

The humble beginnings.... (I'm a big fan of before-and-afters.)

I cut, sanded, painted, and glazed the wood.  This was my first all-over glaze, and I like how it turned out.  I painted a medium-thickness coat of oak acrylic gel stain all over the piece, then wiped it with a damp paper towel until it was the shade I wanted.  The glaze collected nicely on the edges and in cracks to add to the worn look.

I attached the metal clips (from Hobby Lobby) with 9001 glue.

I printed out my letters in paint.net (a free download).  I transferred them to my board by tracing them with a pencil, positioning it on the board, and scribbling on the letters with a pencil to transfer the graphite.

Then I filled in with a chocolate paint.

You can use this to hang anything--pictures, seeds, lists, etc.

Pretty and useful!  Isn't beauty better when it works for you?

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  1. cute sign! You did a great paint job! I tried to paint a sign for my laundry room using your method and I had paint everywhere but in the lines! LOL

  2. Kelly, thanks so much for coming by my blog! Nice to meet you. PEACHES to BEACHES has been around for just a few years. I'd really like to start at the beginning and go all the way to the coast. Maybe next year! Love your cute sign! Looking at your sidebar I would say you are one creative gal. So now I'm off to explore the rest of your blog and see all your great ideas. I don't tend to be too creative so love seeing what others do. Please come back for a visit any time!

  3. Cute and useful - my kind of project. I'm feeling inspired to try to painting something along those lines - wish me luck!

  4. Very cute! I need to pick up some graphite paper! I'm inspired to try this. Thanks! :)

  5. Adorable! I love those clips...i've been looking everywhere for some just like that - what is hobby lobby?

  6. Love your blog, super cute. And I love all the ideas, very impressive!! I'm your newest follower!

  7. Hi Kelly ~

    Thanks so much for your visit to my blog. I just love your blog banner ~ oh, so Southern!

    Adorable project, as are a lot of yours that I have seen here.

    Happy Spring.


  8. I'm a new blog follower and I love you blog! The ideas are inspiration, frugal, and fabulous (my three favorite things). Thanks for the great ideas.

  9. Great job! I love the clips, so useful as well:) Love it, thanks for linking up at my party:)

  10. What a cute idea. I love the clips. Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  11. Super cute! I always look forward to your posts they are so inspirational. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  12. This is so cute!! Love how you did it!

  13. Looks great! I tried to piant my first sign last night and think I need PRACTICE.

  14. I love this! It came out great... really stlish and cute. :) I might have to copy. ;) Have a great day! p.s. congrats on the dog. My hubby really wants one but I am holding out a bit longer. lol.
    Humble Homemaking
    p.s. Feel free to hook up to the Weekend Review Party this weekend at Humble Homemaking!

  15. Really love this - love the ideas of things you can attach to your clips, it's going to be looking good all the time!


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