Ruffle Some Feathers

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~Stunning Swan~


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.

Today’s the day…

Wood Swan Sign

The inspiration…

swan art

I am so excited about my new completed project! I’m actually pretty giddy about my Wood Swan Sign.

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.

swan art

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.

swan art

I removed the contact paper and here’s the result…

swan art

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.

swan art

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.

swan art

My sign is gorgeous above my fireplace. I have absolutely fallen in love with it!

swan art


swan art

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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  1. says

    Leslie, that is gorgeous!!! It really turned out great. I do the same thing with projects I wait so long to do, but it’s great when you love the outcome no matter how long you waited to do the project. 🙂

  2. says

    OH my gosh that turned out amazing!! I LOVE IT! I don’t know why you waited so long either 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit so I could find you. Love your blog! And looking forward to following along 🙂

  3. says

    Truly awesome! Your version is wonderful and it looks great above the fireplace! You really did a great job! Isn’t it funny how we have ideas that can sit on the back burner and once we do them we are amazed and wonder why we didn’t get to it sooner!

  4. says

    OMGOSH, GIRL…this just takes my breath away. I just HAVE to have one…..I am IN LOVE…you sure did a fabulous job on it.
    What a fun party this is…:))

  5. says

    Hi Leslie…you did a terrific job! I love swans and somehow to me they represent calmness and faithfulness which is a beautiful thing to have in a home…beautiful…thank you so much for sharing…xo Lucy


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