Like so many others, I fell in love with the Pottery Barn Typewriter Key wall art and wanted to make my own. I saw Nikki's version over at dream.design.create and absolutely loved it! Seriously, she did an amazing job! And she is kind enough to email you a copy of the keys if you just ask. So, I have to admit that they have been sitting in my inbox since May! I LOVE the typewriter keys, but I decided I wanted to do something different, but didn't have any inspiration. Then other day, I went to Marshall's and saw a cute little sign that said "Have A Great Day". Ok, so I know that is nothing new, but it got me thinking that something like that would be perfect for above the front door because everyone could use a little reminder.
I went home and found a scrap piece of wood, then cut out all my letters and realized it didn't fit! Then I tried "Have A Good Day", even thought that isn't as exciting. Still didn't fit. Then I had to come up with a 3-letter word that would describe how I would like my day to go...Sad?...No...Mad? Uh-uh...Ooo, Fun? Perfect!
I painted the board Rustoleum Heirloom White, but I wanted there to be a little more interest, so I painted the edges black.
I also painted a little tiny bit of the front edge with black, which I completely eyeballed.
I still wanted more goin' on, so I did about a .25" strip of black just inside the outer black edge.
Next, I stained the piece with Dark Walnut to give it an aged look and so that the keys would 'pop'. I usually use a piece of an old sheet to stain, but I was feeling lazy and went ahead and used a napkin. To my surprise, I really liked how it turned out because it is so completely uneven. After that dried for a little bit, I just decoupaged the letters on then finished it with a matte spray.
And now we have a little reminder to have a fun day!