Hello! I'm Erin from Decor Allure. I'm a Mom of six with a love of decorating. I love the challenge of trying to decorate for this crowd, yet budget-friendly. I love garage sales, thrift stores, re-painting, re-upholstering, and re-everything!
I have fallen in love with these vintage subway signs I'm seeing everywhere. But at prices like $785 for the ones from Restoration Hardware, it's out of the question.
Then...I saw this family rules sign idea at http://www.tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/ :
Not really fitting my home's decor, but I liked the concept. Then this crazy lady's light bulb went off! I added the two ideas together to fit my style and created this:
I then typed up each phrase in a banner-making program and printed each out. After cutting them out, I layed them out on the board as I wanted and taped the edges down to hold them in place. Now here comes the fun part; place a sheet of carbon paper between the wood and printed paper. On the first phrase, trace each letter. Take off the paper and carbon and you should have a nice copy of your lettering. Using a paint pen in off white (I used the medium and fine tip "DecoColor" brand from Michael's), trace again and fill in each letter. I kept a piece of cardboard handy to help blot the tip when it got a little too full. You can use the finer tip to define the edges of each letter a bit better. When done with the first phrase, move down to the next. I just worked on the floor, laying on a pillow so I could really see what I was doing (and make sure I could really smell those lovely paint fumes!)
I even made a few on some ready-made pine boards from Home Depot and hung them without a frame. Here's one that's dark brown and cream:
This really wasn't that hard, yet it makes such a fun, custom sign. Not bad for just under $20, huh? A friend suggested making a subway-style sign using street names from your life (your different homes' streets, the street you grew up on, etc.) I just saw this idea of writing a poem or saying on a large piece of plywood to make an inexpensive, but large piece of artwork for that big, empty wall:
Oooh, the possibilities! Try it! Just send me your signs for future inspiration.