DIY painted "Love Lives Here" sign

Friday, February 14, 2014

DIY painted "Love Lives Here" sign

I've been keeping an eye out for inspiration for art for our entryway. When I was at JoAnn's recently, they were having a huge sale on canvases, so I bought a couple, including a small 6" x 6" canvas. I thought it would be perfect for a small sign to lean on a shelf or on our entryway table. 
I think the "love lives here" quote would be a perfect welcoming statement when walking into someone's home, so that's what I chose. 
Here's how I created my sign...
First prep your area. Since my canvas is small, I just used some computer paper to cover my work surface. 


The paint I chose is actually made for ceramics, but I wanted the texture of it. It's kind of got the feel of chalk paint. The color is a greyed down aqua because I wanted a pop of color but still somewhat neutral. 


Paint the sides of your canvas first and then the front. I used two coats of paint. 


Next, use a pencil to create your design. That way you can erase if you mess up. I started to trace my letters with a white paint pen, but the pen was malfunctioning, so I ended up using white paint and a small brush. 


Lastly, I added leaves to the laurel branches. I LOVE the use of laurel branches in artwork these days. And they're perfect to set the tone for our somewhat rustic home.


Tah dah!! What do you think of my new entryway art? Do you have any DIY signs to share?


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16 comments :

  1. This looks great Nicole! Would love for you to link to Friday Favorites at http://imnotatrophywife.com
    Laura

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  2. This is so cute! I am working on decorating my place, I def want to try this out!

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  3. I love "Ceramcoat" paint! The color is to die for! Mint is my favorite color ;) Visiting from Tatertotsandjello "Great diy ideas for wall decor ;)
    Ursula @ http://kraftmint.com {modern crafts}

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ursula! I love all shades of mint/aqua/teal/turquoise! My favorites!!!

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  4. I was "drawn" to this as soon as I saw it on the Link Party Palooza and knew I wanted one for my own. You make it seem easy enough, so I am going to give it a go. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you like it! Signs are so fun to make! Feel free to share yours with me if you make one!! :)

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  5. This is adorable! I love making my own signs to decorate with.

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for following me on Bloglovin!!! :)

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  6. This is so cute! I have attempted painting, but still need to finish. Maybe this will be my next project. found your link from the SITS Girls

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  7. Gorgeous!! I'm pinning this--it's beautiful! We're having warm weather this week in Texas, so I decorated my mantel for Spring. It's all in blue and white, and this canvas idea looks like a great way to add some art to it. Found you via SITS!

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    1. That sounds lovely! Wish it was warm here! We got 17 inches of snow last week!!! But I can't wait to decorate for spring :)

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  8. I absolutely love this project! It's on my to-do list, I just hope I can make my handwriting look as nice as yours! I pinned it also. :)

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    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for pinning :)

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