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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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. Oh that is beyond stunning! I love it and yes…..why did you wait so long??!!

  2. 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. :)

  3. I love the swan picture! You did a great job!

  4. Leslie, this is gorgeous. With all the painted signs out there, I’ve never seen a swan and I’m loving it. Would like to invite you to share it at the All Star Block Party.

  5. SWOOOOOOOOOON! WOW girl you went over and above the call of copy here!~ It is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with the copy cat party.

  6. 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 :)

  7. Oh and I’ve got a little party I’d like to invite you to while I’m at it, if you’d like to link up at another one :) I’d love to have you!

  8. Love the swan with your autumn vignette….such a clever copycat!

    Linking from Debbiedoos,
    Ricki Jill

  9. Very impressed! It turned out great! I love your fireplace too!

  10. Beautiful copy! Your painting looks fantastic above your fireplace. I love your fall decor too.

  11. 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!

  12. Love your Swan, it looks great! Visiting you from Debbiedoo’s Copy Cat Challenge. Great copy!!

  13. 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…:))

  14. Gorgeous and it looks awesome over the fireplace!

  15. Great job. The perfect touch for your mantel. Thanks for sharing the reverse stencil. Need to try that. Blessings,
    Audrey Z.

  16. Great job Leslie … The perfect touch for your Fall mantel. So pretty. Thanks for sharing how to reverse stencil. I need to try that.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  17. Katie Drane says:

    I’m so glad that I found you on DIY Dreamer! I absolutely love the swan over the fireplace. Awesome job!


  18. How fabulous! The swan is absolutely gorgeous…great job!

  19. WOW! that is awesome!!! i love the shape, the style…. it’s just awesome. hopping over from vintage farmhouse.

  20. 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

  21. This turned out so beautifully! Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire!

  22. I love the contrast and it ties your entire mantle all together with the darker pots and light fixtures and white trim. Stunning!

  23. Your swan looks great! Nicely done. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

  24. WOW!!!!! This is AMAZING!!!! I LOVE the scale! Im obsessed with large scale art right now!! Thanks for linking up over at Design Thoughts :)

  25. Really beautiful! I’m impressed too that you drew it by hand!



  26. It’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!! Have a great week!

  27. Hi Leslie – I loved this sign so much I featured it as a favourite on the All Star Block Party! Head on over and grab your button!

  28. I love love love your sign. It looks fab over the fireplace. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  29. It looks beautiful! Great job.
    Saw you linking at Fall in Love With Spray Paint Party.
    Debbie :)

  30. Girl – you have been busy! Such a great project and I can’t believe you drew that swan freehand – gorgeous! And your technique is great also. Take care, Laura

  31. You did a gorgeous job on this! You are so creative. I found you on the It All Started with Paint Linky Party. Thanks for sharing.

  32. It’s absolutely beautiful – definitely the perfect combo of rustic elegance!
    Pinning – because you know I want one of my own!
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