Thursday, November 4, 2010

Scatter Joy and Rockport, MA

Hey Friends!

I hope you are having a fabulous week!  This week I've been working on a small project for the top of my sideboard that I refinished last weekend.  If you missed missed the 4-1-1 on my $30 dollar sideboard, I dished the makeover details here.

As soon as I finished the sideboard, I knew that I would need something to fill up the space atop the sideboard, so I got to work making this:

I first saw this over at The Lettered Cottage.  I think Layla used to make and sell them. I knew that something like this would be perfect for my sideboard.  I already had the blue and white paint on hand, so all I had to pick up were the letters from Michael's and the two 1x4's for $1.96 per board.  I just had Lowe's cut down the boards to measure 24 inches (Tip: Lowe's and Home Depot offer free cutting services.)
 Once I was home, I grabbed my wood glue, nails and hammer.  First, I used the hammer to beat up the wood a bit.  I wanted to make the edges look a little worn and tattered.

After I was done taking out a little bit of aggression on the boards, I glued and nailed the boards together.

As you can see here, I just put one support beam across the back. I put the nails in from the back so you wouldn't see any of the nails.

Once the glue was dry, I did one coat of a white wash treatment on the front (I dipped my paint brush in the blue paint and then into a bowl of water before I applied it to the wood. Sometimes the paint would still go on a bit too dark so I had an old rag on hand to wipe off the excess paint.  I wanted to make sure the grain of the wood was still visible through the paint.

As the blue paint dried, I got to work painting the letters with one coat of white paint and then I attached them with a hot glue gun.

Here's the sideboard all decked out in its new decor.

Do you want to to know something really cool?  Take a close look at that picture that is to the right of my "Scattered Joy" plaque?  I spotted that when I was in a store by the name of "Cheap, Chic Resale."  I could spot that little red fishing shack anywhere!  That little shack is in Rockport, MA, only 10 minutes from where I grew up.  When I was younger, My Mom and Dad would take all the time and I just love it there!  Ahhh, the memories!

And it gets even better.  When Brandon and I were visiting Boston/Gloucester/Rockport a year ago, we snapped some great pics of that very same red shack.  We loved the pictures so much that we had the pictures transferred to Canvas six months ago... and it is hanging right over the sideboard.

Compare the two pictures for yourself:

That is definitely the same place!
  You have no idea how excited I am to have found that!  What are the odds of finding the very same picture of Massachusetts all the way down in Virginia Beach?  
Things like this make me think that it's God's way of reminding us that he even cares about the teeny tiny things in our lives.  I smile every time I walk by this picture in my living room now.

(If you want to see more pics of where I grew up, check it out here.)

P.S.  I plan to make more lumber quote boards for my dining room. I hope to get those done this month.  

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  1. Love the sign! I am addicted to making signs now! Once you make one, all these ideas just flow through your mind! :) That is so cool that you found that picture! I love when things work out that way! :)

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