"EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT"......Ps.127:1a

Friday, October 18, 2013

What To Do with These Shelves?

I have had a couple of people who really want me to paint some signs for them.  They want scripture signs.  I know I love having little reminders around my house of God's Truth and Promises.  I was given these knick-knack shelves a couple of years ago, but I really didn't know what I wanted to do with them.  I decided to add a backing to them, frame them, and then add a verse.
 I am so glad I saved all the extra trim and junk boards.
 I primed it with Annie Sloans Old White, and then I made the mistake of painting the shelf and frame black.  It looked awful and cheap.  Since I had little patience left I painted over the black with the Old White, but the black wasn't quite dry.  It turned into this distressed gray color.  
PERFECT!!
I love when mistakes turn into solutions.
 I went over to the Graphics Fairy and picked out a floral boarder. I used the charcoal method to transfer. With permanent India ink and a calligraphy pen I traced over the design and added a little vine here and there.  I then transferred the verse the same way and went over it with a Sharpie Paint Marker.
I let it dry 24 hours before I clear waxed the whole thing.
This one is a gift for a friend.
I have two more that I want to make for my sale in November.
Have a great weekend!

7 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful. Don't you love it when something you are not so sure of, turns out to be even better than you imagined. Love the gray.
    xoGinger

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  2. Girl! That is awesome!!!! The grey IS perfect! What I am REALLY amazed about is the writing, whether you charcoal transferred it or not- whew! That is a steady, patient hand you have! I know that will sell quickly! I love signs with verses... in my home and in my classroom! Beautiful work, dear!

    Love,
    Heather

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  3. Such a sweet and inspirational gift. Love the color and the scripture you chose.

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  4. Love how this turned out...can't wait for your sale!

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  5. My Dear Tammy, you have an amazing ability to take trash and turn it into creative and remarkable treasures. This piece is lovely :)
    Keep smiling,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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