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We finished our bathroom renovation a while ago, but one of the corners never seemed complete to me.
I mean the renovations were done, but the decorating wasn’t. The walls were so … plain.
As a refresher, here’s what the corner looked like before:
We hung the towel bar for a hand towel, because we were sick of having the towel take up counter space. I’m ALL about getting the most out of counter space in the bathroom.
I still felt like the perpendicular wall looked a bit plain and needed a decorative piece, but I hadn’t found the right one. I knew I could make one once I came up with an idea for the space.
A few months ago, the Create & Share Challenge group that Steph from Casa Watkins organizes started talking about our March challenge. We partnered with Walnut Hollow, and I had this pallet tray to make over.
We all know I have a tray obsession, but I also liked the pallet look of the back of the tray.
Then I realized I could use the back of the tray to solve my plain bathroom wall problem.
Love when that happens!
Note: Scroll down to see the other ladies’ projects. There are more trays, plus clocks and basswood rounds and a discount code for Walnut Hollow products, valid through tomorrow, March 31!
I started thinking about what saying I could put on the tray. Anyone remember the Fixer Upper episode where Joanna puts “Today is a good day for a good day” on the living room wall? I’ve loved that quote since and have had it in the back of my mind to use for a project.
Then it hit me. The pallet plus the plain bathroom wall PLUS the quote – everything could come together for one great project!
Here’s what you’ll need to make a similar sign:
- Pallet tray
- Paint or chalk paint
- Wax (if using chalk paint)
- Paint brush
- Wax brush (if using chalk paint)
- Computer paper
- Painter’s tape
- Scotch tape
And here are the steps I followed:
1.Get your paint ready.
Shake it, then stir it.
2. Paint your piece.
I used Country Chic Paint’s Vanilla Frosting chalk paint, and it’s safe to say I’ll be using this color again. I love how it’s white and bright with a rustic feel.
Give the whole piece a coat of paint, let it dry for a few hours, then gave it a second coat. Apply the paint in the same direction so the brush strokes show up in the same direction.
I always apply paint in the same direction as the wood grain, too, for a smoother look.
3. Apply wax, if using chalk paint.
If you used regular paint, skip this step.
I applied clear wax, then a small amount of Driftwood gray wax. I didn’t apply too much of the gray wax, because I really like the look of the Vanilla Frosting paint I used.
If you’re not familiar with chalk paint and wax, check out this blog post where I talk about a small chest of drawers I made over with chalk paint.
3. Apply your letters to your wood.
I came upon this awesome tutorial from Mountain Modern Life a while ago and always wanted to try it. (See how this project is just bringing all these random things I’ve wanted to do together? It’s working out so well!)
A few notes as I worked through the Mountain Modern Life tutorial:
I used PicMonkey to write out my quote, then saved it as an image and pasted it in Microsoft Word. In Word, to flip an image so it prints backward, click Format picture > Rotate > Flip horizontal.
You could also skip the PicMonkey step and write your quote right in Microsoft Word. Write the text in a text box (rather than right in a Word document) so that you can flip the text box to print backward.
Isn’t this the coolest way ever to get a quote onto wood?! I’m definitely using this trick again.
If the letters aren’t dark enough, you can mix some water and paint and go over the letters. Ours are a little light, but I like the look of it.
I’m slowly adding a bit more rustic style to our house!
4. Hang the sign.
We used drywall screws and a drill to hang this sign up. Well, Kalen did. I told him where to hang it. 🙂
And this little corner of the bathroom finally looks complete!
It’s such a fun saying to walk into every day. This is the view from the doorway when you walk in the bathroom:
Check out the other bloggers’ projects below. If you’re inspired to take on your own Walnut Hollow makeover, use code Spring2016 to save 20% on all purchases between now and tomorrow, March 31! I think I’m going to have to try out their wood burning kits next!