We moved back here from California almost three years ago with the intention of renting for a few months then buying a house to settle down in for the rest of our lives. Well, sometimes life happens and things don’t go as planned. Fast forward two and a half years and we’re still in this rental that I pretty much hate, but what can you do?
I know! I can make lemonade out of these lemons and try to turn this house into something I can tolerate. I decided to add as many touches of me into this house where I can’t paint walls, or even put nails in them (although I’ve broken that rule, oops!). I started with these family rules that I hand painted and hung on a fairly large wall in our kitchen/dining room. The process was a little tricky and time consuming, but totally worth the effort.
1: Created the rules in photoshop
2: Took the .jpeg file and enlarged it on http://www.rasterbator.com (don’t mind the name, please)
3: Printed the rules onto 16 pieces of paper then taped them together to form one big poster
4: Painted a large piece of plywood with chalk paint (any color will do, I chose white)
5: On the BACKSIDE of the poster, colored over each letter with a lead pencil
6: Placed the poster right side up on the plywood, then taped it into place.
7: Traced the letters by pressing fairly hard onto the plywood
8: Lightly touched up each letter with the pencil after removing the poster to make sure you could see every word
9: Painted letters with acrylic (or chalk) paint, acrylic is cheaper which is why I chose that
10: After all the paint was dry, brushed a thin layer of Polycrylic over the entire surface to seal paint so it wouldn’t scratch off if some kid decided to come up and draw on it with their own pencil, for instance. That didn’t happen to me, but you get the idea of why it might be important.
Note: I use Polycrylic because it dries completely clear. If you paint something white and use a Polyurethane to seal it, the Polyurethane will give it a yellow tint.