For the past 3.5 years I’ve been using that framed print in my kitchen. I still love the print, but I was sick of the glossy black frame and I wanted to add a little more color, plus the wall needed something a little bit bigger. I looked around online and in stores, but never found anything perfect for the space so I decided to make my own!
I used my miter saw to cut a 1x3 into five 15 inch pieces. I secured them together with a thinner wood strip, some wood glue and a few nails. Then I painted the front and sides with a coat of Martha Stewart’s chalk paint in Brook and then a light coat of CraftSmart Robin’s Egg Blue acrylic paint.
After that dried I used my Silhouette and some scrap vinyl to cut out my wording/design (I still love that quote by Julia Child, so I decided to use it again). I just used some white acrylic craft paint for the lettering (I like to peel off the vinyl while the paint is still wet). Once the paint was dry I used some fine grit sandpaper to distress the lettering. This picture shows the difference between distressed vs. freshly painted. The distressed letters definitely look more “authentic” and less like stenciled wording.
Then I just attached a couple hooks to the back of the piece and hung it on the wall! I love how it turned out! I think the size fits the space better and love the pop of color! Plus I had all of the supplies on hand except for the wood, so this project ended up being less than $10!