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DIY: you are my sunshine board

if you hadn't heard, we bought our second house this summer, and it was an exciting deal for us (our first was a small townhome in a college town that we still rent out). this time we bought a much bigger home that we will hopefully live in for at least 5 years. haha, however i believe we (kevin and i) thrive on change so i will be surprised if we are here longer-but great if we are!

one of the biggest problems i have had since moving in, is the space. there is so much of it! and man i want to fill it all! hah. okay not all of it because i love negative space, but i really haven't wanted to put up any of my old decorations. they feel too....cheap? chintzy? old? used? i don't know, and don't want to sound bratty by saying that. i guess i just want a more sophisticated/homey feel? so in a nutshell, yes, i am being really particular on my new decorations, and if it's not exactly what i want then i don't buy it. well the problem with that, is that the decorations i am looking at and want to buy, are more money (of course they are!). and now that we have a house, we don't have a lot of extra cash just lying around like before (just kidding, it doesn't ever feel like we have cash lying around-but you know what i mean?!).

one of the spaces that i wanted to decorate first was the downstairs half bath. while walking through stores like Target and Kolhs and World Market, i saw little signs with cute sayings on them, and i decided that's what i wanted the theme of our downstairs half bath to be: uplifting phrases. bright. sunny. and then i found this pin on Pinterest, and i took off from there.

i am SO excited with how it turned out. would you like to make your own?! okay here's what i did:

1. went out to my garage to see what scrap wood i had. wanna know something awesome? there are about 7 houses getting built around us, which means LOTS of extra/leftover wood laying out. score. we have a ton. but the pieces i ended up using, were actually leftovers from a project that Kevin had just finished. they are cheap picket-fence type boards. not sanded or anything but pretty rough. which is what i wanted. i think Kevin got them from Lowes.

2. measured and cut the boards using a miter saw. each board is about 3 1/4" - 3 1/2" wide, and my entire project/frame i made: 24"x22"

3. used some of the leftover wood stain from our house, and painted the boards with it to match the bathroom cabinets

4. let them dry

5. had Kevin cut strips from another skinny (but sturdy) board and use tiny nails (or screws-i can't remember) to secure the whole thing together (thanks babe! this was the boring part for me!)

6. cut out templates with my Silhouette SD, taped them on, and painted using a small paint brush

7. let dry and then hang up!

the fonts i used were arial (bold) and dasha.

i am seriously in love with how this turned out, and even happier that it didn't cost me anything. my plan is to make a variety of other boards like this (different widths/heights/depths) and put more fun quotes on them (because hello! who doesn't love to read in the bathroom), and place them in a collage with this one. the only trick is finding the time to do that :)

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