My husband had the idea for a personalized sign for our friend's birthday coming up in April. Some background, he lives in the town of Penbrook and has a bar in his basement. Over the past few months they have lived there, it has been dubbed "Penbrook Country Club." :-) I looked at a few options online for personalized signs and all of them came in at $30 and above, the ones I considered were about $50.
My best friend, Natalie, over at A Turtle's Life for Me had recently done a sign and used her cricut to cut out letters on contact paper and then used them as a reverse stencil. So, I thought I would give it a try and save some money while exercising my creativity.
I started with this piece of slate I bought for $4.50 at the thrift store.
I removed the rope hanger and painted it with two coats of black satin latex paint that I had already.
Once it dried, I headed to my bff's house (she lives two doors down, how lucky am I?) and she helped me use her cricut ( I want one, I really want one) to cut out the letters. Because I wasn't sure I could place the contact paper letters on straight, I measured and drew light lines with a pencil as a guide. Then, I carefully placed the letters on.
I decided then that I wanted to use some kind of textured spray paint. I ended up choosing the stone look (bought at the Home Depot). I sprayed two coats on the whole thing.
I will caution you, if you use the textured spray paint, it is extremely difficult to locate the contact paper to lift up. Luckily, I have pretty good eyesight. I also used a toothpick to aid with lifting up a small piece, so I could grab it and peel away the rest. I waited about an hour before I lifted the contact paper off. I wanted it to still be tacky, not fully dry.
And, here it is, in all of its glory! I am so proud of this and can't wait to give it to our friend on April 9th at his party! The whole project cost about $9, much better than the $50 I was prepared to spend originally. Yay for frugality!