Well, I was finally able to finish a craft project this weekend after having to spend multiple days this past week getting website issues resolved! So not fun! My website crashed earlier this week and I could not get in touch with tech support at my host, and since this was not the first time I had issues like this, I decided to jump ship to another host who comes highly recommended from many other bloggers. But the transfer took quite a while, and as a result, my website was down for an entire three days this past week. 🙁 But, as you can see I am back up and running! Yay! With the exception of a few minor glitches that happened with the transfer (I now have random characters dispersed throughout my older posts that I need to fix), everything seems to be working as it is supposed to.
So, onward to my completed project! Back in June, hubs and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. To celebrate, we went on a vacation in August, but hubs was thoughtful and got me a small gift on the actual day of our anniversary. We live on two and a half acres of property, and we had always talked about getting a dinner bell to ring so if either of us are out away from the house, we could ring the dinner bell to alert the other that dinner is ready. 🙂 The bell was a simple golden bell that hangs on the wall, but I wanted to give it a more farmhouse look, so I decided to create a wood backing for it using a mixture of stain and paint. Here is the final result:
Here’s how I created my farmhouse-style dinner bell:
Supplies and Tools:
|Dinner Bell||Wood Plaque||Minwax Classic Gray Stain|
White Spray Paint
|Black paint pen|
DIY Farmhouse Decor – Dinner Bell Instructions:
First, I purchased a 9″ x 12″ Pine Plaque from Hobby Lobby (just $2.99)!
I have a farmhouse-style clock that I purchased at Hobby Lobby hanging on the house in our back deck area. The clock has that weathered white wood finish, and I knew I wanted the wood backing I was making for the dinner bell to match the clock.
So, first I stained the pine plaque with Minwax Classic Gray.
Once the stain had completely dried, I sprayed a light coat of Rustoleum Heirloom White paint on top of the gray stain. I sprayed enough paint that the board was white, but the coat was light enough that in several spots, you could see the gray stain showing through. This gave it the weathered look I was going for. (If you do spray the white paint on too thick, you can always use sandpaper to sand it down some so the gray does show through.)
While the paint was drying, I went onto my computer, and in Microsoft Word, I found a font and decorative symbol that I liked and printed the wording “Time to eat!” and the decorative symbol onto printer paper:
I then taped the paper to the painted plaque over the location I wanted to lettering and symbol to be:
I then used a sharp pen and traced over the lettering and decorative symbol so the wording left an indentation in the board:
I then used a Sharpie Black Paint Pen to copy over and fill in the traced lettering and design:
Next, I attached the mounting bracket for the bell in the center of the board and hung the bell from it. We hung the bell right outside of our back door that leads to our deck:
This was a quick and easy craft that really adds some cute farmhouse decor! What do you think?