This project has been on my to do list for probably about half a year. There always seemed to be something else that needed to be done that was more important and I just could never get to it. That coupled with the fact I hadn’t quite decided the best way to approach the project in general made it easy to say, eh, I’ll get to it. Eventually.
I finally came up with a solution, and decided a few weekends back that this was finally going to get done.
I think the main problem was that there were two signs. Two seems so much more difficult than one. And I had an idea in my head of exactly what I wanted it to look like but just couldn’t figure out the best way to accomplish it.
For the sign on the left I designed it it photoshop. I had office depot print out two 11×17 pages. The first page had the top two rungs and the bottom page had the bottom two rungs. I centered them the best I could on the sign and then used my trusty pain brush and mod podge to decoupage the page on. Once dried (very important! If you cut it wet it will tear the page and leave ugliness on the edge of your sign!) I used an exacto knife to cut down the paper to size with the sign. I sealed the edges with more mod podge and then painted over any uglies that were left from my shitty shaky caffeine hands. I let that dry over night and then did one more coat on top to help seal the paper. It is important to use a laser printed pages as the ink doesn’t bleed!
For the second sign, I had a font I really liked but wanted the natural wood grain of the old wood I had found. Luckily, the wood was soft enough that if I used the edge of a blunt object (a simple pen worked this time) it would leave an indention in the wood that I could then use as a guide to paint over.
These aren’t perfect, and I feel I rushed them more than I should have, but I also feel like the imperfections give them a little bit of that extra awesome. We have one in the kitchen and one that lives in the garage on my cinnamon broom that guards the door to the house. Regardless, I love them! We have so many cats and strays that have adopted us since we moved into this house that I feel this sign was a very important addition to our household!