My husband has a favorite hotel. It’s one where he stayed many times when he traveled for business. When he arrives, they speak to him as if they know him personally; the cook at breakfast remembers the way he likes his eggs; and when he walks into his room, he is greeted with not only a comfortable bed and chair, but a little box containing some refreshment and a newspaper.
Now that my children are (mostly) grown, I have a guest room! This brings me all kinds of happiness because I love having guests. It is important that they feel welcomed and a part of our family. And it’s the little things that makes this happen.
One little touch I made for this room- that actually takes up quite a bit of space, is the wall art I made for above the bed.
The process wasn’t too complicated at all and required minimal artistic effort.
First, I cut 4 boards to the same length. I have to confess – I’m “that lady” who approached the work crews who were working on installing new siding to several houses in our neighborhood. Those long pallets were just so appealing!
After sanding them smooth, I screwed a brace across the pieces to join them together. Depending on how long the boards are, a few may be required to hold it together firmly. All the nail holes and chipped edges added to the rustic carefree feeling I wanted for this sign.
Next, a base coat of my favorite DIY chalk paint was applied. A light sanding makes the finish so smooth.
The wording looks great and is so simple to do, thanks to my computer. I simply printed the letters out on my pc, and using transfer paper, traced the outline onto the boards. Once painted in, there it was! Beautiful text! (Here is a helpful hint: outline your text with a paint marker for a smooth clean edged letter).
Like the nightstand I painted for this room, I wanted to give it a slightly aged look, so I dry brushed and rubbed a stain into the nooks and crannies.
To finish the sign, I rubbed it down with finishing wax and added some saw toothed hangers to the back.
A sweet sentiment which now defines the room as a place of rest.
What do you think?