Happy Tuesday, Everyone! Today is my day to brag on my baby sister, Stephanie. She took a plain-Jane wooden yard sign and turned it into an elegant address marker for our older sister! Want to see some magic?
About a year or so ago, our older sister inherited this heavy wooden sign from her brother-in-law. It had been sitting in his garage for years. She had it for a while and then asked me if I would paint it for her and somehow incorporate their name and address. I said I would but honestly, I had no idea how to do it. But then it occurred to me our younger sister recently started her own business making custom signs so she would be the perfect one to tackle this project! This is how the sign looked in the beginning. It’s made of rough, heavy treated lumber.
So our younger sister, Stephanie gladly accepted the challenge. First she (our Dad) cut off the pointed finials on the top since our sister wanted a more classic look. We can always count on our Dad to help us no matter what we ask!
She attached a fence cap and round finial to the top of each post. This gave the piece a bit more height and elegance.
Next Stephanie puttied the cracks and holes with wood filler and sanded the entire piece. She had to do this several times in order to get the sign smooth enough for paint.
She painted the sign and posts front and back with several coats of Sherwin Williams Ovation Exterior Extra White Paint in semi-gloss. Already such an improvement! Ah, the power of paint!
Then using her Silhouette Cameo designer software she created the custom design. Our sister’s last name is Pridgen so she wanted to incorporate that into the sign. (I love how she also added the fleur de lis and scroll design in the little arched area.) Stephanie duplicated the lettering on both sides of the sign. She used Krylon Outdoor flat black paint for the lettering and numbers. Three coats of Minwax Polyurethane clear wax sealed the entire piece. Beautiful!
Steph attached the rectangular address numbers below the sign using a few metal hooks. I love the fact that if they move they can take the sign with them and simply change the house numbers.
And here is the sign in our sister’s front yard. So stately and elegant!
We all think Stephanie did a terrific job on this sign. After seeing the final results, I know she was the perfect one to tackle this project! Now I’m thinking I want a Silhouette Cameo, too! Or, I’ll just have Steph do it for me. 😉
My talented sister has started her own custom sign business! If you want to see more of her work or contact her about making a special sign for you, please check out her Facebook page: Steph’s Sign Design or @stephssigndesign for more information. Below is the before and after picture. Pretty amazing, right?
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous day! xoxo Dell
I love it! Thank you, Stephanie! Great blog, Dell!
Thank you so much, Wendy! And kudos to our sister, Stephanie for fabricating this beautiful sign!! I love you both!! xoxo Dell