I had a successful thrify re-do this week that turned out well and I thought I’d share. I came across these old blocks at the thrift store last week, I knew exactly what was in store for them.


I popped off the wooden letters, painted the front black, and printed off some letters in various fonts.


I liked the way the black letters on white looked so much that I painted white over the black background. I then traced the backs of the letters in pencil, put each letter on a block, and rubbed the front with a lead-less mechanical pencil to transfer the letter outline onto the block.


I got some Craft Smart paint from Michaels that almost doubled my painting time (on the right). Do not get this stuff if you are trying to do this project, it covers like watercolor, so it makes an already time-consuming project take a lot longer. Luckily I had some of the Liquitex (on the left) leftover from another project, and that filled in the letters easily with only 1 coat.


I then sanded the letters and corners, painted over the whole thing with a glaze and wiped it off. Ta da!


I realize that glazing flirts with the fine line between making your project look antiqued, and making it look just plain dirty. This was my first time glazing anything so hopefully my technique (I’m pretending there was one) will improve with time.


The black paint under the white background paint ended up coming in handy, because when I sanded the edges and corners, the black just popped right out. It didn’t even need the glaze.


I’m excited to be linking this to the CSI Project!

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47 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. These are so cute! It would be adorable adapted for use in a nursery! I will have to keep that in mind for a shower gift!

    Thanks for the tutorial. You did such a great job!

  2. Seriously? Erin, you kill me. These are too cute. They are screaming my name. Wow. I love them. I think they were actually meant for my house, don't you???

    Nice job. : )

  3. They turned out great- I love them!

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

  4. Okay, I already commented on these but had to again. They are just awesome. Also, how did you get that adorable header on your blog? It looks perfect. LOVE it!

  5. These are GREAT! II think I have some old blocks around here somewhere. I'll have to start digging and give this a try. thanks for sharing.

  6. I love this project! I just stumbled across your blog from amberfilkins.blogspot.com. She linked to your wall art project that you did which I also loved. Great stuff! I'm following you!

  7. LOVE this idea! I can't wait to try it! Loved the photo blocks idea you posted on Lemon Tree Creations, but love this Welcome sign block idea too, a lot. Thanks for the great ideas and tutorials. You are very inspiring!

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