Pinterest is such a great source of inspiration for me, I have been addicted to it from the moment I was invited by a friend to join (remember those days?). Before Pinterest came along I would rip pages out of magazines and glue them into scrapbooks, over the years I accumulated lots of scrapbooks and looking back at them now I just cringe at the things I liked! Needless to say, my taste has changed quite drastically! Now, when I want to make design decisions my first source of inspiration is Pinterest and this little project I am sharing with came from hours of Pinterest scrolling! It all started with this image……
In particular the number plates…..I looked at looked at them and thought about what I could do to take this idea and make it into something personal. So I decided to create Birthdate Number Plates using theses European Plates as inspiration. The layout I decided on was as follows: B 1 0 0 3 1 9 7 9 G (“b” for birthdate, then the day, month and year of our birth and our initial) I figured this looked close enough to the plates as I could get and while we knew what they stood for they wouldn’t be immediately obvious to people who visited. I like to keep people guessing when they visit! Makes for interesting expressions on our guests 😉
The wood I used was just pine boards 90mm wide (3.54 inches) and I cut them 900mm long (35.43 inches). I cut three at this length, one for each member of my family. I then used the mug to mark curves on the ends.
I cut the curves with a jigsaw and sanded the edges smooth.
I painted the boards with the white paint, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.
To get even spacing with my stencil I used the stencils right next to each other lined up like below.
I used masking tape to mark the top of each board so I knew where to place the first stencil on each board.
I drew the outline of each stencil onto the boards.
I filled the outline in with paint, I used MMSMP in Typewriter.
I lightly distressed the boards and then attached the d-rings on with the screws on the back of the board.
Finally, I hung mine at different heights!
I am really pleased with how these look, when my daughter came home from school and saw them I actually got an “OH Wow!” so that means I pretty much nailed it! Now all I need to do is create the art for the remainder of the wall above our sofa and our living room will start to feel complete.
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