Shakespeare-Inspired Wood Plank Sign {Bedroom Décor}

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Shakespeare Inspired Wood Sign

Shakespeare Inspired Wood Sign

Whenever we move, our bedroom is always something that never really gets decorated and this time around, I didn’t want that to be true, so while we were homebound for a week during the snowstorm last week, I finally got to work on some wall décor.

The chevron sign was around $16 at Target and I simply stenciled on some butterflies with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Arles yellow. The bird cage I found at Hobby Lobby and with a 40% off coupon, it was about $25. My bedding is the Medallion Venice 5 Piece Quilt set  from Target. It included the quilted comforter, matching shams and the front two throw pillows. I made the two chevron ones and the Pintuck Shams are from West Elm (we had the matching duvet cover but it ripped like paper and had to be thrown out within 6 months of purchase! So sad).

Ok, onto how I made the sign. I you’re not a DIYer, this sign is available via custom order in my Etsy shop, Creative Type Designs {by Dawn Nicole}.

The size is roughly 23″x34″ and was made with 1″x6″ wood. I decided to paint the sign in stripes using the Arles Chalk Paint® and some grey acrylic I had on-hand. If you slide a piece of copy paper between the boards, it will help you get nice clean stripes.

Shakespeare Inspired Wood Sign

While it dried, I worked in my Silhouette Studio software to design and cut the stencils (I have the Silhouette Cameo craft cutter which I highly recommend!). When dry, I started cutting out the words and laying out the quote, keeping the letters with centers to later add them back in. I used a cream colored acrylic and a spouncer to paint in the text and bird flourish. I use plain old 12×12 scrapbook paper to make my stencils. Keeping your paint light on a spouncer ensures little to no bleeding and it also adds to the vintage-y look since the paint doesn’t good on evenly (which is intentional).

Shakespeare Inspired wood Sign I thought it might take two coats but one was plenty. I carefully removed the stencils and allowed it to dry. Then I took those letters I save and used them to paint the letter centers back in (for letters like “a” “d” “e”…). I also touched up any stray paint or letters with any bleeding.

Shakespeare Inspired Wood Sign

Then I did some sanding on the edges to distress the sign and used Annie Sloan Dark Wax to create a more vintage, worn look. Here is a side by side of before and after aging.

Shakespeare Inspired Wood Sign

And now our room looks just a little more “homey”. As an English major who loves Shakespeare, I must confess that the most people think that “sleep” in this quote refers to death, which rounds out our “little life”, but we’re just gonna pretend it means a good night’s rest, okay? :)



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  1. 1

    So pretty. How did you attach the boards to each other?

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