Last Updated on March 2, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
I just finished up the very last project I wanted to make for John & Alice’s master bathroom, and I’ll be ready to show you the whole before and after room transformation tomorrow!! FINALLY!!
But let me show you the final project that I worked on. I had asked Alice if she has a favorite Bible verse, so I took that and made artwork out of it. I wanted it to be somewhere between subway art and an old rustic sign. Here’s how it turned out…
Here are the steps I took to make this subway art/old rustic sign artwork.
I started with a scrap piece of MDF about 23 inches square, and I primed (with spray primer) and spray painted it.
Then I used letter stickers that I found in the scrapbook section at Michael’s, and I cut out the letters I needed.
I then arranged them on the MDF just to get an idea of where I wanted the line breaks, and how many lines I needed.
After I determined how many lines I needed, I used an L-square and a pencil to lightly mark the lines.
Then I began applying the stickers to the MDF, using the pencil lines as guides.
When I had all of the letters applied, I gathered my paints (the small acrylic bottles in three colors), a 1″ Purdy paint brush, a small jar with water, and a couple of paper towels.
I randomly squirted the paints onto the MDF, right over the lettering…
And then used my paint brush to brush and blend the paint. I wanted the different colors to show, so tried to be sure not to blend too much. First, I dipped my brush into the water, blotted it out just a bit, and then ran it over the paint. The water really helped the paint to spread smoothly.
I just continued to squirt paint and blend it in until I got it to look just like I wanted it.
I waited about 45 minutes for it to dry completely, and then I got a piece of 150-grit sandpaper…
And I sanded lightly right over the letters…
The very last step I did was to use a piece of paper towel, with the corner dipped into the water and then dipped into my taupe paint, and run it right over the letters. This just toned down the bright white and make it look more worn.
Now tomorrow I’ll show you where this is going to live, when I reveal the final “before and after” of John & Alice’s master bathroom!!
Psstt…This bathroom is finished now! Want to see the completed bathroom makeover? Click here to see the whole before and after.
I’m linking this post to:
- DIY Project Parade at The DIY Showoff
- Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
- Sunday Showcase at Under The Table And Dreaming
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