Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Amore Sign

Hey there!  I worked on a little project over the weekend that I wanted to share.  I've been crazy about this painting ever since I first saw it a few years ago. 
And even though I love it, it's just a little too modern for the decor in our home.  So, I created my own version that is a little more us.
I started by cutting down 1 x 4's to a 3 foot length, laying them side by side and attaching with supportive beams in the back that were made from the left over pieces that were cut off.  I attached everything with screws in the back.   Then I stained the entire piece with Minwax special walnut stain and let dry.

Next, I printed out the letters from a word program on my computer.  I don't remember the name of the font but I enlarged it to around 700 so it would fill the entire page.  I cut them out and used the cut out letters as a stencil.  I placed the letters where I wanted them and then, using a stencil brush, painted around the letters with Glidden pebble gray paint. 

After that dried, I dry brushed different areas with plain white paint and added some white detail to the letters, as well.  After that was dry, I applied a glossy sealer over the entire piece and voila! 

I'm super happy with it and instead of being over $3000 like the inspiration painting, my version cost me less than 10 bucks to make.  We hung it upstairs because frankly, that area is drab and probably one of the most neglected areas of our home when it comes to decorating.  Usually, it's the place that furniture I'm tired of gets banished to.
But this fun sign is inspiring me to do something up there, though I'm not sure what, it will be fun to figure it out!  And I love that this is the first thing you see when walking up the stairs.
What do you think?  Any of you with an upstairs, do you neglect it and instead spend more time decorating downstairs? 

I can't leave without saying thank you for all the sweet and encouraging comments and emails I received yesterday about yesterday's post.  Thank you sweet friends!  You put a big ol' smile on my face!

Have a great day!!


  1. This is awesome! And so simple! Now I want one!

  2. My upstairs is absolutely neglected. Love the Amore sign...it looks perfect there!

  3. Very cute! I don't think I've ever seen this angle of your house before. :)

  4. Absolutely love it!! You are amazing ~


  5. I want one! I'm totally going to make one today. I even have the boards! Now to find my saw and drill... and paint... and time... :)

  6. Oh I love that. I like your version better.

  7. So simple and beautiful...I love the colors, too. You always have the best ideas! Love to you!

  8. A very cool sign and so much more your style. Great price too, exactly why I make my own signs (although I still need practice.)

  9. Love this! BTW I just ordered two coffee sacks from Etsy. Can't wait to make the same valance curtains you showed. Love,love,love all your ideas! Keep them coming. Maryjo

  10. I have always loved that amore sign too. I watch a lot of foodnetwork and have admired that very same sign on Giada's show. And you are right, to buy an original, it is pricey.
    Again, I like that you took something that you found inspiring and made it your own. I like your version as well. You have inspired me. We just rearranged our bedroom furniture and now we have an empty wall I want to hang soomething on, I just haven't figured out what.

  11. I tend to neglect the bedroom, after all I'm only in there at night! Also, I am amazed when I see all these great laundry rooms in blogland, especially when I think mine looks good if I can see the floor!

  12. I love the sign - it looks like it's in the right place also. I love your home -- you have done an awsome job and your Dad left you with a remarkable gift - the talent to create beautiful things out of nothing. Cherish it always.

  13. Love your sign. It looks great on the landing.

    I'm the opposite when it comes to decorating. I decorate upstairs (we live in a split level home) and neglect downstairs shamlessly.

  14. I love it..Great job..Simple yet it really makes a statement on the wall where you place it..

  15. Hi Diana, I am your newest follower and now admirer! I just happened upon your site and just adore it all! I am looking for a new house right now and my head is in dreamland trying to decide what I am really looking for and have found so many gorgeous ideas on Pinterest and that is where I found you! I will be back when I have more time and check out your site more... I just might move in here! hehehe! Beautiful site!
    Crafty Hugs,


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