I actually made these wooden puzzles and blocks as Christmas presents for my niece and nephews (I now have another adorable nephew, Ryder, and another nephew on the way as well). I knew they were a little on the young side to care about a puzzle with their name on it, and that they probably would care more about chewing on it or throwing the pieces instead of actually putting them together. But maybe someday they'll like it, or think it's sentimental.
I used my jigsaw to cut strips of a block of wood . . .
I found this canvas painting at a garage sale for $5 (score! you can't buy a large canvas at Hobby Lobby for that!). Even though the painting itself was beautifully done, it really wasn't the style I wanted to portray. I used 4" stencil letters and formed a temporary bond with Elmer's Spray Adhesive so the letters wouldn't move when I spray painted. I used Espresso Rustoleum spray paint...
...and then hung it in my living room. Home is truly where you are.
I love garage sales. Even more than thrift stores. Especially when you find that good moving sale when the owners really aren’t interested in making bank - they just want to get rid of their “junk”. You have to do some searching & striking out, but when you find that one perfect piece, it’s all worth it.
I found these two tables at a garage sale in Springfield, MO with my mom. They had cobwebs all over them and one of them had a split in the top - but with a little wood glue and stain, I thought they would be perfect for our front porch.
I used some Gorilla™ Wood Glue to mend the top of the one, then sanded them both lightly. There was no previous finish on it, so it didn’t take much. I then used some stencil letters and white acrylic paint for the text. I used Elmer’s Spray Adhesive (a temporary bond) to ensure that the letters didn’t move while I was painting. When the paint dried, I used a Minwax® Red Mahogany stain (I only needed one coat because the wood was so porous) over the entire thing. The stain tinted the letters slightly to make it almost a purple-ish color. I wiped the stain off and it was done. Easy breezy.