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Friends, it’s starting to feel like Spring, which means it’s time to update some of the decor here in the Artsy House for a new season…starting with the front door! I took down the white and gold glittered monogram that greets our guests all winter long and traded it for a brand new creation, made with some brand new products from Plaid Crafts. Take a look…
FolkArt Brushed Metal™
Wood Pallet Plaque, Round
Wooden Word Shape, “hello”
Sandpaper and/or Power Sander
Optional: Twine, Scissors
FolkArt Brushed Metal is a new acrylic paint formula that brings a modern twist to metallics – a beautiful matte, brushed finish with superior coverage. It’s made in the USA, water-based and non-toxic, and it’s perfect for indoor or outdoor use on most paintable surfaces, including wood, terra cotta, canvas, rigid plastic, papier mache, metal, glass and ceramics.
There are 10 on-trend colors to choose from, including Brushed Copper, Brushed Rose Gold, Brushed Bronze, and more. For my project, I chose Brushed Gold. You can find FolkArt Brushed Metal in 2 oz bottles like the ones shown above, or 4 oz bottles for larger projects.
Creating Your Door Sign
Step 1: Apply an even coat of FolkArt Brushed Metal to your word shape.
I found that one coat was enough to give me great coverage, but you can always apply a second coat if you like. Make sure to paint inside all the letters so that everything visible becomes metallic. Then, set your painted word aside and let it dry completely while you paint the sign base.
Step 2: Apply a thick coat of FolkArt Coastal to your pallet sign.
I wanted an ombre effect rather than a solid colored background, so I painted two slats with Sand Dollar, two with High Tide, and two with Poseidon. This thick, paste-like paint is designed to create texture as well as an authentic “weathered by the sea” effect. I applied mine with a brush, then gently tapped the brush up and down to create textured peaks; you can also do the same thing with a palette knife. One coat was plenty to get the coverage I wanted. For this coastal look, it’s even okay if some of the wood still shows through prior to distressing.
Step 3: Sand the pallet sign to distress as much or as little as you like.
You can, of course, do this by hand, but I prefer to use my RYOBI ONE+ 18V Corner Cat Sander. It makes distressing a breeze and saves me a ton of time and effort. As you sand the paint, some of the natural wood begins to show through, creating the weathered effect we want to see. It’s totally up to you how much distressing you want to do on your particular piece…there’s no right or wrong way to do it.
Step 4: Add or adjust your hanger if necessary.
When I bought this particular pallet sign at my local Michaels, the hanger was attached in such a way that the wooden slats would be vertical when the sign was hanging up. I wanted the slats to be horizontal instead, so I cut off the original hanger and added a new one. I just cut a piece of twine and tied it around the two pieces of wood on the bottom of the sign.
Step 5: Attach your word to the sign base.
I used super glue, but you could also use hot glue or any other strong adhesive you have on hand.
That’s all there is to it! Now your sign is ready to display in your home, or in my case, right on the front door. I’ve already gotten compliments from neighbors, friends, and family members who have seen it, and it will work well for greeting our guests any season of the year, not just Spring.
Stay tuned for more info and projects coming soon with other new products from Plaid for 2017! In the meantime, some of my fellow brand ambassadors are sharing about the gorgeous new FolkArt Color Shift; be sure to check out the beautiful things they’ve made.
Like the Brushed Metal paints, FolkArt Color Shift is an easy to use water-based, non-toxic brush on formula made in the USA. It’s available in 10 fabulous on-trend colors you’re going to love. I can’t wait to play with it myself! You can find out more about all of these fun crafting supplies by following Plaid on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest.
So what about you? What DIY and craft projects are you working on? Save the date for National DIY DAY on April 2, 2017! Join the celebration by visiting nationaldiyday.com to register to win a Plaid craft party, get inspiration to celebrate or learn more about our cause partner AdoptAClassroom.org. #nationaldiyday