Monday, February 21, 2011

Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away

I don't know about you guys, but this weather is killing me! One minute it looks like spring is on its way, the next I wake up to a full on snow storm. I wish I was kidding but I'm not. I am so ready for spring, I'm ready for some photography, I'm ready for a tan because lets face it, my legs are truly embarrassing. I'm just ready! Can you tell?!

Jennifer, Kristin and I got together a few weeks ago and made some super adorable boards.  Lets just say, we channeled our weather frustration! Do you like?! Cause I love!!! This is one of my favorite projects ever!!!!

We started by painting one side our our boards cream. We literally coated that thing like 5 times. Once it was dry, we added our "you are my sunshine" vinyl. If you decide to do this project, you need to make sure the vinyl is completely down and sealed because you don't want the paint to creep under. Once you've reinforced the vinyl, paint over the top of the vinyl. We painted each layer relatively light. We painted maybe 3-4 coats, painting the last coat pretty heavily.

After your paint is completely dry, use some tweezers or something nice and pointy (skewer or something) to pull up the vinyl. Don't be too aggressive when you start pulling up the vinyl. This is truly the exciting part... its fun to see your board come to life!
Okay... one more step.... we sanded our boards, so it looked worn. For some reason, the paint came off extremely easy when I used my sander. I don't know if was because the paint was layered so heavily, if it was the wood or if my sander was just having a really good day, but sanding really added a different feel. I like both looks, but I think I favor the sanded look.

That's it... Our Sunshine boards are DONE! How much do you love it?!!!! This truly makes me so happy! Kristin and I both did green... check out Jennifer's board. She did this awesome burn yellow-orange color.
Now... if only the sunshine will start sticking around!!!!!


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Carol said...

I LOVE this! I want to make it this weekend. What did you girls use for a board and what are the dimensions? Thank you :)