DIY Farmhouse Welcome Sign | Occasionally Crafty: DIY Farmhouse Welcome Sign

Tuesday, November 7

DIY Farmhouse Welcome Sign

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I met my lifelong best friend in 8th grade.  I knew who she was, of course, but we weren’t really more than casual acquaintances until the day I decided to stay after school and watch my boy-crush play football.  I didn’t want to go alone, so I announced to the crowd of kids hanging around “Anyone want to go to the football game with me?”  She volunteered to come with me, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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We’ve been best friends through the drama of high school, bad choices in men, babies, cross-country moves, the illnesses and deaths of several family members, and more.  We’ve been more than 1,000 miles away from each other for years, until last year, when I moved to Iowa.  Now, we’re only a three-hour drive apart, and we see each other much more often.

This year, my best friend and her family are coming for Thanksgiving, and I want everything to be just perfect!

If you’re hosting family or friends in your home this season, you know how much excitement, joy, and of course, stress comes with that!  It can be a challenge getting everything just right for the holiday season.  Apparently, I like stress, because we decided to remodel our guest bathroom just before guests are due to arrive.  Everything has been a huge mess, and we finally put the finishing touches on our bathroom to make it feel like home for our guests.  Thank goodness for SCJ, who has all the products I need to clean up my mess before my friend gets here.

I knew I wanted to make the bathroom extra welcoming, so once we had all the fixtures in place, my husband and I shopped Home Depot for supplies to make our own industrial-style shelves and a sign to welcome our guests.  

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While we were there, I picked up the cleaning supplies I needed too.  I absolutely love Scrubbing Bubbles® Fantastik® for tubs, sinks, and showers, and I’ve just started using it on my toilets to keep things easy.  There is literally no scrubbing needed, and everything from soap scum and dirt are easily washed away!  It’s absolutely the lazy mom’s favorite cleaner.

I also got Windex® Original Glass Cleaner, which I love for streak-free cleaning on mirrors and my glass shower doors, and Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray, which I will use to quickly clean, condition, and protect the furniture around the house before everyone arrives!  

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My products were all in the cleaning aisle in Home Depot, but be on the lookout for Pledge® product promotions on display in Home Depot stores 11/1/17 through 1/31/18!

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Once we had our shelves made, I made a “Welcome” sign to display on the shelves, along with some other pieces I picked up at the store.  

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Here’s how to make one of your own:

Supplies needed:
1x6x12 Common Board
Cream colored paint
Rag for stain
Brush for paint
1. I purchased a 6 ft board at Home Depot and cut it into 12 inch pieces.  

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This is the perfect size for a shelf sign.  Once yours is cut, make sure to sand the rough edges.

2. Using a rag, stain the entire board.  Let dry completely!

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3. Once dry, use a sponge brush to paint a rough rectangle on your board.  This is farmhouse-style, so no need to be exact.  Let dry, then paint a second coat.

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4. Once paint is dry, lightly sand to distress.  Clean off any excess debris.

5. Purchase a vinyl decal, or cut one with your desired saying.  I cut this “Welcome” decal on my cutting machine.  (Email me if you’d like the file!)  Apply using transfer tape and smooth the decal into place.  Remove transfer tape, leaving vinyl decal on your board.

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6.  Display on your shelves!

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When accessorizing shelves, I find less is more.  I picked up a cute basket (and put some extra toiletries inside for guests), a small plant or two, and of course, this handmade welcome sign.  This is a great time to “shop” around your house and see what might work in a different place.  I had an extra canning jar that was the perfect vase for some flower stems, and the small plant is actually from my “summer” decor box.  I love how it turned out!

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You can find tons of great ways to use these cleaning products as you prepare for your holidays here.  

I want to know-- who’s coming over for Thanksgiving?  Or are you the guest this year?  Let me know in the comments!

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