"Whenever I Get Sad I Stop Being Sad and Start Being Awesome Instead" Sign
By diybudgetgirl on June 23, 2014
I am so excited about this project! It's something I've been wanting to make for a very long time. "Whenever I get said, I stop being sad and start being awesome instead," is based on a line from How I Met Your Mother. It's been altered because I think it sounds better this way. :P
I found some pine boards at Home Depot and used a drill, dowels, and wood glue to connect them.
I then printed out the phrase, taped the paper to some vinyl, and used an Xacto knife to cut the vinyl letters out (that takes 6-7 hours). I placed the letters on the boards (that takes about 3 hours) and used a pencil to trace around them. Then I removed the stencils and began painting within the pencil lines (4-5 hours, because of multiple coats to make sure they show through the stain). I then go back over "awesome" in whatever color was chosen.
Once the paint has dried, I sand down the edges of the board and then use whatever tools I have handy to "distress" the wood and give it character marks. Be it holes, dents, scratches, etc. Then I stain. The drying time takes about 2 days (one for each side). It should only take 8 hours, but I live in Georgia and the humidity levels can make it impossible for stain to dry sometimes. Then I spray it with polyurethane.
If you don't like yellow, you can have the word "awesome" painted in any of these colors by selecting one from the drop-down menu in my shop:
The silver and gold are NOT flat colors, as they look. They will be actual metallic colors.
Are you trying to coordinate the whole sign to go with a color scheme? Again, using the colors above, you can send me a message on Etsy requesting that the rest of the words be painted a different color. If I do not receive such a request, ONLY the word "awesome" will be changed and the rest of the words will be in white.
What if I don't like wood stain?:
At the moment, I only offer this in Espresso. However, if I receive enough requests for it, I may add a version with a painted background to my shop. (Translation: if you want to see it done, speak up!) Also, if you have a stain color that you KNOW you prefer, send me a message on Etsy and I'll do the sign in that stain, instead.
I'm looking into non-toxic stains (in fact, seeing if I can find that at Home Depot is on my list today). If I can make that happen, the stain color may be changed...depending on the brand. (The one I'm looking at doesn't have Espresso, but Walnut is available and pretty close.)
Refunds and Returns:
Read through the product information carefully, because I don't accept returns on a "but it's too big" basis. The dimensions are listed for a reason. Read them and measure your space, please.
Other than that, I will give a full refund (minus the shipping costs), as long as I receive the item in the condition it was in when I mailed it. (Meaning if your dog chewed on it, don't try to pass it off as, "It arrived this way.") If your item is damaged upon arrival or simply never arrived, contact me and I'll help you get it sorted out with the delivery service. We'll figure out where to go from there.
I only accept credit cards, debit cards, Paypal, and Etsy gift cards. For your safety and convenience, I always recommend using Paypal.
My preferred shipping method is through USPS, especially since they insure items for free up to $100 if using Priority Mail Express ($50 if using Priority Mail). For more about USPS's insurance policy, please go here.
Due to the high cost of shipping internationally, I currently only ship within the US (including Alaska and Hawaii). This could change in the future, but don't count on it. -_-
Questions, Comments, or Concerns?:
Leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you!
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