For about a year, I have kept a picture in my phone of a wooden sign with a painted swan. I found it at Coastal Living magazine’s website and have been intending to make my own version one day.
Well, today’s the day! I am so excited about my new completed project! I’m actually pretty giddy!
Having bought a piece of plywood at Restore for $1, I knew that it would be the perfect canvas for my sign. The plywood measured 36″x22″ and I left it that size.
I knew that I wanted my swan to be white with a black background. First, I painted the entire board white. Then I created a stencil using my trusty contact paper. I drew my swan by hand.
I basically used the swan as a reverse stencil. That way, the area around the stencil would be painted black. Once the stencil was on, I spray painted the entire board again using black spray paint.
I removed the contact paper and here’s the result…
Since plywood is such a plain wood and lets face it…unattractive, I decided to add a frame. I purchased some basic trim, mitered the pieces and nailed them onto the board. The corners and nail holes needed some wood filler to smooth out the lines and edges.
Finally, I had to paint the frame with a little more black paint…and she was perfect! I did use a sanding block on the entire surface to give it a worn, weathered look.
My sign is gorgeous above my fireplace. I have absolutely fallen in love with it!
I think it is a gorgeous combination of a primitive yet elegant piece of art. Now I’m just trying to figure out why I waited so long!
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