One of the last projects I completed for Charlotte's nursery was this sign to go above the diaper changing station.
My original plan was to make some sort of pallet sign, however when I saw the decal I ordered to place on a pallet surface, I realized I was going to need a completely flat surface in order for the decal to look right on a DIY sign.
And so I came up with plan B. I discovered I had just enough plywood left over from our DIY planked/shiplap wall. The width fit the decal perfectly. All I had to do was load the boys in the van and make a trip to Home Depot. I waddled my 34 week pregnant self into the store and asked them to make one cut in length for me. And just like that, I had a piece of plywood ready for painting.
From there, I put the boys down for naps and had this project complete before they woke up. Using some leftover Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color "old white", I brushed two coats of paint on the plywood.
Once dry, I took a rag and very gently wiped a coat of Annie Sloan dark wax over the paint.
For me personally, I found the dark wax to be too much for this piece, so I went back over and lightly brushed white paint over some of the wax until I got the look I wanted. I let it dry, before doing a little sanding for finishing touches, and then I was done!
To officially make it a sign, I applied the decal I ordered from Amazon. I'm not very good at hand lettering. Applying a decal is much easier for me than painting my own words onto wood.
Lastly, I tacked picture brackets on the back of the plywood. Before dinner that night, I had my new piece of art hanging on the wall, and my diaper changing station was complete.
The decal I ordered was from Amazon. You can find it here. I fell in love with this quote when I saw it, as Charlotte truly is our miracle baby, conceived without any fertility drugs!
I could have very easily just applied the decal to the wall, but I envisioned a specific look. Again, it's all about the details for me. You can see that applying the decal to a painted piece of plywood, instead of applying it directly to the wall, makes this decal visually more attractive and gives a nice focal point above this large piece of furniture.
Because I used supplies I already had, my only investment in this piece was the decal and the brackets on the back of the sign, making me a happy mama!