Another Hobby Lobby custom framed art hack for you!
Or honestly, this holds true for any outdated or thrift-framed art as well!
Years ago, Matt used to spend a lot of his time buying large boards and cutting them to size for me for custom name signs.
He also framed these signs which took hours with the measuring, mitering, gluing, and screwing…
One day, while shopping in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby, it occurred to me that I could just buy inexpensive pre-framed art in a similar size, and paint over it!!
My clients didn’t care that the signs weren’t “built” by hand. They just wanted me to paint them by hand!
And trust me when I say Matt was happy to give up his sign-making badge!!
Today’s sign is for a sweet girl that I’ve known for years, and she is expecting her first baby: Scout Louise!
Her nursery is subtle in color with an au’ natural vibe; so we are following that lead with this color palette!
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Would you believe I purchased this sign from Hobby Lobby at 50% off for $30?
That is SO worth it to not have to build it!
At first, I tried priming the sign with BOSS white primer to block the black lettering, but it was too sheer for the bold black.
I then tried BOSS in gray, and found it covered beautifully in a single coat!
Once dry, I painted a single coat of Tea Rose.
This set the perfect backdrop for white lettering and a white floral motif.
I always pre-draw lines with chalk as well, using a ruler so my name stays straight on my sign.
Now that the name is drawn, mistakes are corrected, and the spelling of the name has been triple-checked (learned that the hard way), I drew the flowers!
The floral motif was pulled from the sheet that will be used in the crib. I simply copied the shape of the leaves and flowers and drew them out with chalk.
A small angled brush is perfect for this simple script.
Using the same Saltwater paint and a smaller detail brush, I painted each flower by hand.
The sign needed something else, in my opinion, so I added a VERY watered-down version of a marigold color, a terracotta color, and a deep green to fill in the flowers and leaves. I really like this sheer touch of a watercolor vibe.
And that is it!!! The overall design is complete!
I sealed the artwork with a single coat of Top Coat in Flat using a foam brush and tada!
I really do hope you will give this a try!
People LOVE signs with words and personal sayings!
They make great gifts and great home décor!
The Terra clay-based paint will be added once the new paint line is launched in July! Stay tuned!