The final step to my bathroom makeover was trinkets for the counter top. I am blessed to have a large counter which will come in handy in a few years when I have two teenagers in the house. There is plenty of room for both of them. But, it also leaves me with a lot of blank space that needed a little something.
In my search for idea I found several wood block decor items on Pinterest. Most of them linked back to Etsy.com and cost between $20 and $30 plus shipping. I knew I could make it for a fraction of that, so back to the hardware store I went.
I began with a 2×4 that had very few knots and was reasonably straight. I had my sweet hubby cut the board into pieces. They are 8, 10 and 12-inches. He was nice enough to take his electric sander to them to remove the rough edges.
Next I painted each piece of wood with the background color. I purchased three bottles of acrylic craft paint; each in a different shade of teal. Since I did not prime them first it did take three coasts. But at $0.50 for a bottle of acrylic paint I was not worried and had paint left over when I was done.
Next using my Cricut machine and vinyl left from another project, I created stencils for my words. I removed the letters of the words and placed the vinyl on the pre-painted board. Using a contrasting color, I stenciled the words onto the board and removed the vinyl while the paint was still wet.
After allowing my paint to dry, I did have to come back with a fine tip brush and clean up a couple of edges where the paint had bleed under the vinyl or the stenciling was not dark enough.
The final cost of the project was just under $5. That is a huge savings and I got the colors and words that I wanted.