A Great Idea
Ever have one of those good ideas that would save time, money and space? A
Weird Little Corner
This corner has been a little of an awkward area in the house. Enough space for the Christmas tree each year but once the tree comes down it felt empty. A nice tall cabinet might look good there but the piano to the right dominates the room and I didn’t want it to look too cluttered.
I had tried putting a large clock but it still felt off balance, the answer was a tall sign! The trick was a sign that could be up until January till mid-November. It needed to be timeless, the colours needed to harmonize with that red-wood trim and the dark cool brown piano.
Book Worms Might Live Here
Normally signs are nice little quotes and that was the first thing I began to look up and quickly realized that wouldn’t work at all. A short sentence would still leave too much empty space. The search turned to a passage.
Being a bit of a book nerd and nostalgic, I read the same books over and over. It is like visiting with old friends and taking your mind somewhere familiar. I knew I wanted the quote to be from Lucy Maud Montgomery, the authoress of Anne of Green Gables…but my daughter was pushing hard for anything Harry Potter!
We put it to a vote online from our friends on Instagram and 78% for an Anne quote…my daughter was not impressed. Little did she know I was already planning two sides!
Two is Better Than One
Doing two sides was pretty easy! Paint one side and then another, make sure the trim has enough overhang for both sides. The best tip was to keep the sign upright when I did the lettering. My worry of laying the sign
Having two sides meant satisfying two household favourite book series, it also meant we could have something uplifting, hopeful and lighter. The Anne quote is sweet and feels like Spring and warm weather.
The Harry Potter quote is deep, a bit scary and dark and perfect for Halloween! My teen boys appreciate it much more and cannot wait till it can be turned over!
Saving Space, Time & Money
Having two sides means I am saving space! Instead of storing one till the fall and two during the holiday season (because when the tree goes up, it will be coming down!), I have one sign!
Making two sides is saving time, only one frame to do, I reversed the paint colours a bit (added a cream colour to the light Anne sign) and didn’t need to purchase more paint. Decorating that corner for the fall will take 5 seconds (no hunting in the attack!)
Cost wise a double-sided sign is the best bang for your buck. The cost is one piece of plywood for the sides, the wood for the frame, double the vinyl and paint.
Love The End Result
I am so happy with the end result! Two completely different looks, two completely different moods, and the benefits of saved time and money!
When I first visualized this project with painter’s tape, I was pretty sure I would like how it looked and so glad I made the idea become a reality!
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