Here we go again! If you have been reading my blog from the beginning, you may be having a bit of deja vu and no you are not crazy, I did write about this project before. However, when I featured it the first time, the sign was ~ big surprise ~ red! Well now, just about a decade later, I am going for a lighter look in my kitchen and that red sign was kind of dragging my vision down.
I could've just purchased, or made, something completely different for the space, but I think that it has been long established that I am a) a lazy and impatient decorator b) cheap and c) a creature of habit...I like what I like for a good long time. Just ask the mister of twenty years, who I met at a roller skating rink (don't laugh) at thirteen!
You see, I had the board, the white paint and the leftover wallpaper roosters on hand and I knew I would love the final product. I wasn't sick of the artwork, I just wanted it to be lighter. I think this sign took me about a half an hour to complete, not including drying time. So free, easy and quick, it met all of my design requirements.
I started by removing the hangers on the back of the board.
Then I painted it a bisque color and mapped out where I wanted my roosters to be placed.
They are prepasted, so I just wet the board and the back of the roosters with water and pressed them in place.
For good measure, I went over the top of them with a damp sponge, to make sure that all of the edges stuck. When everything was dry, I coated the entire board with Mod Podge. I added the hangers to the red side of the board and I was done!
I have to say, now that the snow is gone and there is a vague bit of greenery to frame in my yard, I really love the lighter look. It still looks great with all the red accents in the kitchen, but now the space looks more cohesive with other colors as well, like my orange tulips!
I think it's just perfect for the spring and summer seasons. I imagine how sweet it will look when I open the window on a warm day and the dainty lace blows gently in the summer breeze. Maybe I will add pots of grass to the sill and they will become a dramatic focal point, since the dominant red roosters are facing the wall! Poor little guys.
Of course, they are still there, in perfect shape, ready to reappear in the fall and winter after their warm weather hibernation. I still do love my red, but sometimes, it's nice to have options!
Which do you prefer?