A Simple Project and Winners...

Have you started any Christmas decorating yet? I am slowly adding some Christmas decorating into our home and am giving some things I already have, a makeover for a new look!


Last year we decorated in a very neutral decor, but this year I am finding myself drawn to red!  I decided to take a wooden crate from out in the garage and gave the front panel a rough coat of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting.

Then I went onto PicMonkey (affiliate link) and, using 
the Design feature, made the "Be Merry" graphic above, 
and printed it out on my printer.
You can choose a font and make whatever message you want.

I used one of my simplest pattern transfer techniques...
rubbing a pencil over the backside of the design,



then simply positioning it, pencil-side down 
on the crate and tracing the letters.



It leaves a nice pattern that you can fill in with paint or marker.



I used DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylic in Cadmium Red Hue.
It's a nice bright red with a cheery look!



After a light distressing with a sanding block, I finished the piece with DecoArt's Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish.



I am using the crate in our entryway with a vintage plaid throw...


I love the look! 

I am a member of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program and received product used in this project. All opinions are my own.

Before I go thank you for all of your nice 
comments about my Thanksgiving Hutch!

The winners of the the vintage turkey candles are~

Debra of Common Ground
Cecelia of My Thrift Store Addiction
Cecelia of The B Farm


Until next time...
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!


26 comments

  1. well gobble gobble to the winners of the vintage turkey candles

    Like your Be Merry box also

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  2. Linda, I love how that looks like a vignette from times gone by. The red does pop just enough. Congrats to the winners of the candles. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  3. Very cute! Now tell me how to do this. Do you do each letter on a separate piece of typing paper???
    Brenda

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    1. I made one single graphic and printed it to 8x10. That way you don't have to space patterns perfectly...it's already done on the design you made.

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  4. You're looking very festive in your entryway!

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  5. Love your pretty crate makeover! Plus I like that you created it just using your printer; no silhouette machine needed! :-)
    So excited about my turkey! Can't wait to get it. Thank you so much!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  6. Linda, that is so cute! Congrats to the turkey winners! LOL!!

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  7. Really nice makeover! Congratulations to your winners!

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  8. Fun crate and I love red for Christmas! Keep warm and cozy this weekend.
    warmly,
    deb

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  9. Linda, I love that font and your crate is darling! Thank you so much for the turkey! Hugs, Cecilia

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  10. That is a really cute idea, Linda. I do 'transfers' the same way a lot of times. Aren't we clever? lol Cute crate. I won't do anything for Christmas until after we have Thanksgiving here though. xo Diana

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  11. Love this project! You are super clever and the pop of red is perfect!

    Happy day to you friend!
    karianne

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  12. Love your Be Merry crate. Sweet! Happy Thanksgiving Linda. Enjoy the week ahead.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  13. Love the crate. I am drawn to red this year too. xo Laura

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  14. I love pops of red, year round. I won't start Christmas decorating till after Thanksgiving. It's just what I do. This year might be a little off as I will be having new carept installed in my living room and master bedroom. I know, what timing! Sale at both Lowes and Home depot so I need to do it NOW.

    I love your little stencil. I hope I can find some time, to do at least 1 crafty thing this holiday.

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  15. That is so sweet... and very welcoming :)

    Karenx

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  16. Your home is already looking festive, Linda! I love the painted box holding the Charlie Brown tree!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  17. I love it as well. A great start to your decorating season.
    Amalia
    xo

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  18. Lovely idea! I love red and white too...and this little crate looks so festive!
    Helen xox

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  19. What a lovely idea! I have just started to decorate...I will keep it calm and natural this Christmas, green and some flowers.
    Have a beautiful weekend, take care!
    Titti

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  20. So pretty and homey for Christmas. I love that little tree! Where did you find it? I love red too. I have been adding poos if red to my decor for a few years now... Of course I live it at Christmas too!!

    Bless...
    Sherri

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  21. That turned out great, very cheerful. I havn' t decorated atall yet, but probably will hang up the Advent star this weekend, and a few hyacinths in pots. They are always in my house at Christmas, smell so lovely. Blessings,Pam in Norway

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  22. Your box turned out really nice and such a easy project to do. I've got my christmas decorating almost done...yippee first time in years I've been this far ahead!

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  23. It's very sweet, Linda! Love the whole vignette! I do think that is the perfect Christmas 'red'! xx Karen

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  24. The crate is so cute. It looks great in your vignette.

    xo Dianne

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  25. I'm so trying this. I didn't even think about doing the rubbing pencil thing.It it turned out so cute.

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