Vintage Wood Tile Letter

I found a vintage looking tiled letter from Spicher and Company several months ago. I pinned it on my Initial Decor board on Pinterest and periodically as I’ve been working on my monogram mantle collection, I’ve revisited it. The original is on the left and my recreation is on the right. It’s not exactly the same, but I think it achieves a similar feel.

Spicher and Company Vintage LetterVintage Wood Tile Letter

I kept my eye out the last few months for something I could use to replicate the tiled concept. I found this wood tile board at Walmart. I rarely go there, but I happened to stop for some Easter treats a few weeks ago, and decided to peruse the craft aisle. I’m glad I did!

Wood tile board

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Wood tile board
  • Acrylic paint – cream and black
  • Letter stencil
  • Foam brushes
  • Fine grit sand paper
  • Rag
  • Wood or craft glue
  • Spray finish (matte or satin, not glossy)

First I removed the tiles from the frame. I taped together the tiles on the side I wasn’t planning to paint, making sure to fit them very close together. Then I painted the front side with two coats of the cream paint.

After the cream paint dried, I centered my stencil on to the wood tiles. I made my stencil with my Silhouette Cameo. (Ignore the spray paint in the 2nd picture here, I thought I was going to use spray paint rather than acrylic, but I realized spray paint doesn’t work too well on unfinished wood).

wood-tile-tapedwood-tile-letter-stencil

Then I painted two coats of black acrylic paint over the front of my tiles and front and back of the wooden frame. When the paint was mostly dry on the tiled pieces, I carefully removed the stencil. There were a few small spots where the black bled through the stencil, so I touched those up with cream paint and a fine tipped paintbrush.

Wood tiled letter - painted stencilWood Tile Letter - remove stencil

After the paint was completely dry, I used a fine grit sandpaper to sand over the tiles and front and back of the frame. I sanded a bit harder in a few places around the top and a few tile edges because I wanted it to look like natural wear.

Wood Tile Letter -sandingWood Tile Letter - sanded

Using a clean towel, I wiped off the sanding dust. Then it was time to glue on the tiles to the frame. I kept the tiles taped together with the painters tape. On the inside area of the front of the frame, I put a thin layer of wood glue down and spread it with my foam brush. Then I laid my tiles on top of that. I set a pile of books on it overnight to let it dry.

Wood Tile Letter - clean upWood Tile Letter - glue

Finally, I sprayed a poly coat on both sites. I sprayed the back and sides first and once dry, flipped it over and sprayed the front. It’s tough to get a good picture right now because the weather has been gray and gross – the flash isn’t doing any of my projects any favors. Once we get some sun shiny days on the weekends, I’ll try to take some new shots.

Vintage Wood Tile Letter

I started putting my monogram collection on our mantle this weekend. I’m getting close! I have one more to make and one picture to change out. I’m really liking it so far though, and it feels good to be close to done!

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Circle Inspiration Bracelet

On one of my many trips to Michael’s recently, I ran across these inspiration word circles that I knew would be perfect for a gift I was working on. Using some suede cord and a toggle clasp I already had, this circle inspiration bracelet took about 15 minutes to make.

I practiced on the Inspire version that I made for myself and then made the Strength one for a friend.

Circle Inspiration Bracelet - InspireCircle Inspiration Bracelet - Strength

Supplies:

  • Circle charm
  • Suede lacing cord (I used 3.5 times my wrist size)
  • Bar and ring toggle clasp (or other clasp)
  • Bead glue (optional)

Circle Inspiration Bracelet Tutorial

Instructions

  1. Cut your cord in half. Take one piece and fold it in half.
  2. Put about 2 inches of the folded portion through the center of your circle charm. Bring the ends up and through the loop. Pull it tight.
  3. Repeat on the other side with your remaining cord.
  4. If you’re using a bar and toggle ring clasp, put both ends of the cord through the smaller ring on  the ring part of the clasp.
  5. Measure to your wrist and tie the two ends together in a half knot where you want the toggle to fit. Repeat on the other side with the bar part of the clasp. Before you tie the knot, make sure to measure to your wrist again to ensure the right fit. I like mine not much bigger than my wrist.
  6. Pull the knots tight and clip the ends close to the knots.
  7. (Optional) Use a little bit of bead glue on your knots to secure.

I have a few more circle charms left, so I’ll be coming up with something for those soon. Now if Spring would just come and stay for good, I’d be able to wear all these bracelets!

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Honey Oak Trim – Stain or Paint?

It’s no secret that we have honey oak everywhere in our house – and that I despise it. I have done three semi-big projects so far to cover it up including two bathroom vanities and my kitchen cabinets. Each time, I loathe the trim even more, but it’s everywhere. We’re not going to live in our house more than another year or two, so I keep stamping down my urge to do something with it.

I’m in a quandry though, when we repainted and updated our kitchen cabinets, we removed the trim from around the window and sliding glass door and we’re in the process of replacing it. It pains me to stain it honey oak to match the rest of the house. I’m getting the itch to redo it all. The big question is, do I try to stain it all just a little darker/warmer with a gel stain or do I paint it white? I’m a fan of darker wood for the most part. I do like the white trim look too though – BUT I’m not planning to actually replace it all, I’m just going to go over the current oak trim. I don’t want to strip any of it, although I would be willing to strip the mantle if I had to, but that’s it. Then, what to do about all the doors?

Here are a few pictures of what I’m dealing with. Excuse quality, I snapped most of them with my iPhone.

honey oak staircase

And I’m sure you’ve seen my mantle in other projects, as much as I try to hide it, it’s hard to.

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And then here’s my kitchen and bathroom with the updated cabinets in a dark espresso color. When we replaced the hardwood in the kitchen, we did go with somewhat of a lighter color so it wouldn’t be too dark, but not the orangey honey oak we have everywhere else.

Bathroom vanity updated from honey oakKitchen floor update

Here’s a picture of it in the daylight (before we put the appliances back)

New hardwood floor

I feel some pressure to make a decision. My father in law (who is a retired carpenter) is visiting us this weekend and is going to help us cut the new trim for the kitchen. I can stain it after it’s cut, but once we have it, I want to get it up fairly quickly and FINALLY get the kitchen finished.

Any experience or advice?

Monogram Scrabble Tile

It’s me… back with another monogram project. Are you sick of them yet? I’ve got too many ideas and have now had to move on to my first initial. This one was inspired by a lot of Scrabble art I’ve seen floating around Pinterest, most of them combining names and words together. I used to play Scrabble a lot with my grandparents when I was growing up.  We’d spend the night on New Year’s Eve and have a little competition mixed in with the party hats and ginger ale. I decided to make this monogram Scrabble tile for my office rather than for the mantle gallery of “H’s” I’ve been working on lately.

Monogram Scrabble Tile

Supplies:

  • Wood Block (I found an 8×8 basswood block at Michael’s)
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Stencil for your letter and number
  • Clear spray topcoat or Polycrylic finish

Monogram Scrabble Tile - supplies

To create my stencil, I used my Silhouette Cameo. I Googled what font is used for Scrabble tiles. For the most part the results came back as various forms of News Gothic – which I don’t have on my computer. I found some free Scrabble-like fonts at Fontspace. I used Tilez. If you’re going to create your own using fonts you already have on your computer, you can look up the value of your letters here.

Monogram Scrabble Tile - Stencil

After placing my stencil where I wanted it, I painted two coats using black acrylic paint and a foam brush. You can see I accidentally went outside the stencil. I thought I was going to have to scrap this one.  I think I have something like this happen on nearly every project I do, so frustrating. I pulled out my finger nail polish remover and a q-tip and was able to get most of the paint out.

Monogram Scrabble Tile - Paint

I removed the stencil and I let the paint dry for about an hour. Then I sprayed 3 coats of the clear poly finish, waiting about a half hour between. It’s a little hard to see in the picture, the finish is shiny but not glossy.

Monogram Scrabble Tile

It fits perfectly in my office. I tried to take a good picture of it in my office, but the lighting wasn’t good, so I’ll try again when I have my better camera at work.

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Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos

Are you on Instagram yet? I love it, and I wish more of my friends and family used it, so I could follow their days in photos. It’s the best part of social media in my opinion, photo sharing. The filters are fun to play with too. I had been wanting to print out and frame some of my favorite Instagram pics when I found Foxgram.com. I printed 12 of my favorite pics, and they arrived in less than a week. After that I was on my way to Michael’s to figure out how I wanted to frame them.  I landed on using a shadow box and photo corners to frame my Instagram photos.

Supplies:

  • 11×14 Shadow Box Frame
  • Self Stick Photo Corners – 4 per photo
  • Double Sided Tape
  • (6) Printed 3″x3″ Instagram Photos

Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos - supplies

It was hard to pick which photos I wanted to use. I planned to take it into my office, so it was a toss up between family and home pics and some cool photos from my work travels. I ended up deciding on the family photos.

Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos - pics

I removed the back of the frame and laid out my photos to find the right mix on the front of felt backing. I used double sided tape to stick down the photos first and then added the photo corners. This will keep them secure, but also allow me to remove them and change them to different photos in the future.

Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos

Then I put the frame back together. Quick and easy!

Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos

Here’s the frame on the top of the armoire in my office. (I dusted after I took the photo – sorry!) The rest of my office is a mess, so I’ll refrain from showing a larger picture until I get it organized a bit more.

Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos

Feel free to follow me on Instagram. Do you have a favorite filter you use?

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