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A JOYFUL Welcome

I've had the sign from my old business, 'RETREAT', 
which I made from old cabinet door back, since 2010.
I finally decided to take it out of the garage and give it a makeover, 
so that it could be a part of our home for the holidays - and beyond.

It was so 'Fast, Cheap & Easy'
TM , I thought I'd share the process...
continue reading to see!

Top Left: The original sign. 
Top right: I covered the painted area with glued-on vintage sheet music.
Middle Left: I wrote the word 'Joyful'* in my own handwritten script, using a paint pen
and going over it several times to build up the thickness.
I free-handed mine, but you could certainly use a stencil or tracing to do the lettering.
Middle Right: I used a thin paint wash in a brown color to add a shadow behind the script,
to give it dimension and make it visually POP off of the paper.
Bottom: The finished sign!
*I chose the word 'Joyful' because it's our word of the year, 
but it also ties into our Holiday theme this year: 'Tidings of Comfort and Joy'

It now hangs in our entryway, over the funky antique porch post coat rack that I made:
...and it hangs from some rough twine on the back, 
on a unique hook: that's a vintage wood thread spool over a big rusty washer!

It's the perfect finishing touch to welcome guests to our home
Yes, our entryway still has orange in it, even for the holidays - it's such a cheerful color!
I styled this area with loads of gift wrap, gift & tote bags, ribbon, 
and a plant pot tied with ribbon like a boxed gift.

...I'll show you the tree in the corner in an upcoming post!

PS: click these links to find out more about that porch post coat rack and refreshed chalkboard.

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