In my bedroom
high up on a shelf
that I have to climb up onto the bed and then
stand on my tippy toes to be able to reach
there is the word
Spelled with distressed wood letters
You see, about 7 years ago
when we built our bedroom and put in that little shelf
I decided to put the word DREAM up there
I know- boring right? Well, I wanted to encourage and remind myself to
Dream big, Dream well and have good Dreams and
that’s what I loved
so I got my pencil out and started freehand drawing the letters onto a pine board.
The first one was easy
so I proceeded until all the letters were drawn in scale
to each other and they looked like I wanted them to.
Then came the fun part.
Each letter was cut out using a jigsaw.
Inside cuts and out on some of them like the D or the R
Yep. That was a job.
That took a bit of time holding each letter while cutting it and making sure not to accidentally
snap the pine when the bulk of the wood was gone.
Know how I know about that? Yeah, I snapped the letters.
But when they were finally done-all painted
and then sanded and distressed to be beautiful and vintage looking
I grabbed those letters and climbed up on my bed and stood on my tippy toes to place them
I also repeated that about 5 times to make sure they were centered and spaced correctly
Yes, it might have taken me a half a day and a couple extra pieces of wood
to get these drawn & cut out of wood perfectly but I loved them.
I was so proud of those large wooden letters and how they turned out and I smiled at them
each time I walked by my bedroom and saw them.
About two months later,
I wandered into our local craft store browsing through the aisles shopping for this and that
Down an aisle and around a corner and on the back wall of that next aisle
I bumped into a whole wall of letters.
YES. Big chunky 14″ letters where they used to only have 6″ letters.
A whole wall of perfectly cut out letters with
no glue or a rough hand drawn look
They were pre made and ready to paint.
I tried to convince myself that I enjoyed doing extra work for the same look
and that the letters just didn’t mean as much since they were paper mache
and mine were crafted from wood and yes, with love.
Plus, they even have that bit of history right?
You could even say that they were somewhat antique since the wood is from 1940 since
the wood was one of those grooved knotty pine boards that came from out of our house.
Here they are looking happy in their little spot on that shelf above my bed
in the Italian magazine Casa Chic
and incidentally- there are some vintage reproduction letters
in the basket on the bookshelf in the other photo- I thought it was funny when I realized that.
Anyway, after I stared at those letters in the store for about 10 minutes
and told myself all the above about MY letters at home
and how I loved them…
I grabbed a few more of the pre-made letters to use in another word project
I had in mind and called it good.