I really want to start spring cleaning, so I committed last week that I would either repurpose all the salvaged wood and supplies that have been cluttering up my entryway, or I would carry them out to my workshop. I’m happy to report that I was able to use most of them in new projects, and very few needed to be returned to the workshop.
I plan to limit the number of projects I work on at a time, so my house doesn’t get overrun again. With the clutter gone, it will be so much easier to start the cleaning this week.
One of the projects I finished was turning a salvaged drawer front into a sign.
You may recall that my cousin lost her home in a tornado, and I brought home a lot of salvaged wood that was littered about her yard. One of those pieces was the front of a dresser drawer. My cousin had many beautiful antique pieces, and it’s so sad that this drawer front was the only part of a whole dresser that survived. Who knows where the rest of the dresser ended up. Tornadoes are such bizarre forces of nature.
One of the knobs was broken off, the wood was split on one side, and it was scratched up all over, but none of the dovetail joints got cracked when the rest of the drawer came off. I glued and clamped the crack together, and allowed it to dry. I had just finished painting another project red (more on that later), so while I had the paint out, I did the drawer front at the same time.
Once it dried, I used painters tape to mark off the edge, and painted it white.
You’ll notice I didn’t bother to fill the holes left by the drawer pulls, because I would be covering them up anyway.
Lately I’ve been choosing stencil fonts, instead of using fancier letters when I make vinyl stencils, because I think they look more like the type of lettering you’d see on handmade farm signs – they are “old school” style. This font is called Stardos Stencil, found here. The bonus is they are much easier to use as well.
I attached a few coat hooks, so jars or pitchers can be hung to hold fresh flower bundles, but of course, it could be used as wall hooks also.
With all the projects finished and the clutter gone, my entryway is cleaner than it’s been in months. I don’t want to see it get messed up again, so I’ll have to police myself carefully, and only bring in supplies needed for one project at a time. That will be a challenge, because I’ve always been a 5 project at a time kind of person!
It’s available in my online shop HERE.
See many more of my signs HERE.