Hello and happy Monday! Are you in the holiday spirit, yet? Well, OK, I know it’s still a wee bit early – but things are starting to get pretty festive around here!
To help get you in a holiday mood too, today I’m sharing a fun diy paint project as part of Behr Paint’s Holiday Hues Project Challenge, along with 11 other talented bloggers.
And, to REEEEALLY get you excited, how about a chance to win one of two prizes of 3 gallons of Behr paint? Stay tuned for the details at the end of this post!
For Behr Holiday Hues Project Challenge, our task was to create any kind of festive project using Behr paint – to which my response was: twist my rubber arm!
Since I’m keeping my Christmas decorating a little French-inspired this year, this challenge was a great chance to create the large, vintage-inspired “Joyeux Noel” porch sign I’d be thinking about.
I’m excited about how it turned out…
To make this vintage-inspired Joyeux Noel porch sign, my supplies included:
- a 48″ tall pine board (found in shelving section of hardware store)
- printed letters from my printer (in font of choice)
- carbon paper
- painter’s tape
- paint brushes
- sanding paper and palm sander (optional)
- the following Behr paint colours: Behr Marquee Linen (Exterior Flat), Behr Marquee Haute Couture, Behr Marquee Aquifer, Behr Marquee Dove Gray.
Shhhh, don’t tell anybody, but making the sign was really easy!
Here’s how I did it:
- I printed out the letters required for the words “Joyeux Noel” from my word processor. After doing some quick math, I figured out that each letter should be about 4 inches tall to create equal spacing on the sign.
- I painted the entire surface in Behr Marquee Linen.
- Next I put carbon paper under each letter, and traced with a pencil. This left the outline of the words on the sign.
- I carefully painted inside each letter using a small paint brush and Behr Marquee Haute Couture (the red). If you’ve ever used craft paint for making signs, then you’ll know how hard it can be to create a nice steady line; but the Behr paint glided effortlessly, and had a great consistency for doing detail work like this.
- To make the grain sack stripe, I used painter’s tape to mask off the lines, and then carefully painted in between the tape with Behr Aquifer (the blue). To reduce bleed, I pulled the tape of before it dried – a trick I learned while painting wall stripes in my boys’ bedroom – see How to paint wall stripes (the second time around!.
- Once all the painting was done, I used my electronic palm sander to sand the entire surface and give the Joyeux Noel sign a distressed feel. If you don’t have a palm sander, using sand paper and elbow grease will do the trick!
Now that you’ve seen what I cooked up for the holidays using Behr paint, be sure to visit the other Behr DIY Experts, to find more festive paint inspiration…
10. A Pop of Pretty
12. Sugar Bee Crafts
And now, for the fun part:
With Behr, we’re joining together to give you a chance to win Behr paint.
Two winners will each win three (3) gallons of Behr Paint! The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. There’s a bunch of ways you can enter to win.
Login to this Rafflecopter widget, and you’ll see all the ways you can enter. Also, all of the terms and conditions can be found there. Good luck!
Until next time, happy holiday prepping!