I was inspired by a $400 piece of Pottery Barn handwritten wall art the other day and decided that it would be pretty simple to get this same look for free with items I had on hand. I wanted to make 2 different pieces that went together. I happened to find 2 wooden blocks that were the same size sitting out in our shed, but you could use any type and shape of wood and still get this look.
-Wood ( I used 1 1/2 inch thick square blocks)
-2 paint colors, you can use acrylic ( I used Annie Sloane Antionette Chalk Paint so it would match Ella’s room)
-Large paintbrush & small paintbrush to “write” with
-fine to medium grit sand paper or sanding block
-hardware to hang your art if you want it to go on a wall (I used hooks off the back of an old picture frame)
Directions: Paint 2 coats onto your wooden blocks of your base paint color and allow to completely dry. The Pottery Barn art has a base coat of white and black lettering. I went with a pink base and white lettering. Practice writing with a small paintbrush on paper or wood until you get the look you want and feel comfortable writing with a paintbrush. As you can see, perfection is not required.
Now you are ready to go for it! Start writing whatever phrase you would like to have. I like the way “I love you” looks. If you really mess up, no worries…you can lightly sand off the area you don’t like, but wait until it is dry.After the words have dried take a sanding block and lightly sand over the words to give them an uneven grungy look. This will “fix” any mistakes you made and smooths out any paint globs to make it look like a “printed” flat finish. If you sand too much, you can go back and repaint over the spots that need and and repeat the sanding process again. I also sanded the edges of the wooden block to give it a distressed look.This was a very budget friendly, easy and beautiful project to add to Ella’s room decor. I love that I created my own personal art in the form of a messages to my daughter. It makes it way more special and something she can see everyday. So now I want to put personal love notes though out my house as art. In case you are wondering, the other block says “Dear Beautiful, True beauty is kind…it shines from within…You are truly Beautiful” I will have photos of it once I finish the display wall in her room. Have a wonderful day ♥Christina