A Compete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Three – Implementation

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Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:

Part One: Inspiration – February 6

Part Two: Realization – February 13

Part Three: Implementation – February 20

We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.

Decorating spaces can be difficult when you do not know where to start.  This is the last post of a three part series I have written (with some amazing other bloggers) to help you find simple ways to decorate your spaces.  After INSPIRATION and REALIZATION, it is now time for IMPLEMENTATION.   Make sure to check out each of these blogs and the amazing tips they share.  Each image is pinnable to save to your Pinterest page as well!

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Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

 

I have discussed ways to find your design style and how utilizing Pinterest can give us tons of inspiration (read that post here).  Then I offered ideas on how to find exactly WHAT you want and HOW to make it possible (read that post here).  Finally, I am sharing ideas of gaining the courage to actually implement the decorations you have dreamed of.

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DIY FARMHOUSE SIGN 

Step One – Project Supplies

Now that you know WHAT project you can afford to do, it’s time to figure out the exact things you NEED to make it happen.  If you are not used to doing DIY projects, I would recommend finding a blog who has already done your project and given step by step instructions on how to do it.  This will be extremely helpful and give you confidence. Some of the blogs I love are:

Shanty2Chic – This is my number one go to blog for DIY projects

Ana White

Sawdust 2 Stitches

Pretty Handy Girl – She also has an amazing list of DIY Blogs here

If you are handy and have done projects on your own before, you may feel ready to figure out the project on your own.  Here are the steps I follow:

  • Figure out all the supplies you have
  • Measure out all the supplies you need
  • Take all your measurements
  • Purchase the supplies

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DIY LAMINATE WOOD WALL 

Step Two – Plan Your Day

It is hard to work on a project 5 minutes here and five minutes there.  It can be done but it does make it more stressful.  I like to plan a day that I am able to focus my energy completely to getting the job done.  It is usually when kids leave for school, and I stop working when they get home.  Often I keep working on it once they go to bed.

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DIY MINI BARN DOORS

 

Step Three – Build It

Are you ready to go?  You have done all the prep work and now it’s time to make or build your project.   You might be nervous, but you don’t need to be.  Mistakes along the way are the best learning opportunity.  Most of my DIY projects have “issues”.  I don’t care, I learned something with each “issue” I had.  And it made me a better builder.  Almost anything can be fixed my friends!

  1. Gather all your tools and supplies in one place
  2. Make sure you have "messy" clothes on so they can get dirty
  3. Have all of your directions ready
  4. Don't rush the project - take your time
  5. Ask for help if you need it
  6. Youtube can be your best buddy

Safety Notes: If you are doing something with the electrical wall jack, make sure you turn the power off.  Always unplug your power tools when you are not using them.  Always wear safety goggles.  Cover your carpet before you paint.  And stop if you are frustrated.  You can always go back in when you are ready.  Getting frustrated usually makes for a messy project.  These are all things I learned the hard way my friends!

Now just get started.  Make the first cut.  Paint the first wall.  Nail the first piece of trim.  YOU GOT THIS.

Once your are done, celebrate!  You should be so proud of yourself!

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Step Four – Decorate It

This is the funnest part!  Once again, this can also be overwhelming.  Make sure you go back to your Pinterest boards and get the inspiration you need.  Your budget may have dwindled by now, and I do not believe decorations need to be expensive!

FIRST THINGS FIRST – Shop Your Home.  What do you have in your home that can be moved around or put somewhere else?  Try fiddling with the decor you have and see if it is enough to make a difference.  Feel free to find a photo and copy it.  There is no copyright to decorating!  That is why decorators share their ideas, so that we all can benefit.  I often do this with a mantel or small area.  Once I copy the image, I then can move pieces around to make it my own.  It’s a great first step.

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If you do need to shop for a few things, I am adding my favorite budget shops for you to check out.  I always SELL BEFORE I BUY.  Meaning, I get rid of things in my home and sell them on social media before I go out shopping.  It makes your new items basically free!

Shopping Time

  • Deseret Industries
    • A Christian owned thrift store, all over the country
  • Antique or Thrift Stores
    • Be careful because some stores are way over priced
  • Amazon
    • They have so many deals on home decor and free shipping
  • Kohls
    • They have higher prices but when you have the 30% off coupon and get Kohls Cash, it’s a good deal
  • Ross Dress for Less and TJ Max
    • They get great decor in all the time (Ross is usually cheaper than TJ Max, but more picked over)
  • Joann or Michaels
    • I always use my 40% off coupon on their apps when I shop (they have tons of fun home decor)
  • Kirklands
    • They have really great sales and you get coupons if you sign up for their newsletter
  • RC Willey Clearance Center
    • If you have an RC Willey by you, see if they have a clearance center – their prices are so awesome!
  • Costco
    • They have such good deals on furniture, wood flooring and appliances – with the best return policy ever!

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Once you are all done, stand back and admire your work.  You did it.  You figured it out.  I hope you like what you see.  Often I will close my eyes and open them again just to see my work.  Then I walk away and then turn around really fast to see it again!  Decorating and creating can bring so much satisfaction to your soul.  I hope you are proud of yourself!  Send me photos so I can see your work too!

Love, Kelly

 

PS – Need more ideas on how to create an entire room in 6 weeks?  Come read my One Room Challenge Project from last year, and see how I got from this:

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to this:

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A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part One: Inspiration

 

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I get messages all the time from women who feel less confident in their abilities to beautify their home. It’s scary to take the first step and often we fill unqualified to be a decorator (this couldn’t be farther from the truth my friends.)

So today, some talented decorators and I are going to share our home design ideas in a fun 3 part series. Are you ready to get some simple ideas to gain confidence in how to turn your home into a place you love to be!? Let’s do this!  And don’t forget to head to each of my homegirls listed above to see their guide to creating spaces as well!

Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

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Tips for todays post – pin all the images you want to your Pinterest page for future reference.  And make sure to head to all five of these amazing blog posts and mark your calendars for Part 2 of this series!

DIY Farmhouse Sign

DIY FARMHOUSE SIGN

Decorating comes easy to some and not so easy to others. I definitely have fit into the ladder category. I have felt overwhelmed and unsure of myself when it came to committing something to my home. Nervous I would mess up and my home would be permanently damaged.  I would get so stressed and envious of other homes and wish I could “do what they could do.” I worked for years at getting better at taking care of my home, and now it’s a much easier process for me.  I know it can be for you as well.

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Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:

Part One: Inspiration – February 6

Part Two: Realization – February 13

Part Three: Implementation – February 20

We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.

Part One – Inspiration

Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. When I was a little girl I would walk around Mervyn’s and dream about decorating my home. Later in college I would cut JC Penney catalog photos and glue them to my mood board in interior design class. But now we have the best mood board ever – it’s called Pinterest.

(You can follow all my Pinterest boards right here!)

The invention of Pinterest has opened us up to worlds of ideas – only limited to how fast you can enter in your search idea. So if you are needing ideas, needing encouragement, needing inspiration – Pinterest is a great place to start.

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DIY BOARD AND BATTEN HALFWAY WALL

If you do not have an account – sign up here. If you don’t know how to create boards – learn about that here. This is your starting point.

When I moved into my current home, with it’s basic white floor plan, I had to completely change up my decorating style because my previous home was Tuscan style. I created different Pinterest boards for different rooms in my home. I added boards for wood walls, DIY projects, and backyard ideas. Over the course of a few months I had stockpiled quite a few pins of things that I loved. I started to notice a pattern of what I enjoyed.

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DIY BARN DOOR

Have you wondered what “style” you are in regards to home decorating? I sure did. I honestly didn’t even know what the difference was between styles and if you were “allowed” to have multiple favorites. There is actually more styles than I realized. DedorAid.com shares 20 design styles for 2019. Here are just a few:

  • Contemporary
  • Rustic
  • Shabby Chic
  • French Country
  • Coastal
  • Bohemian
  • Modern Farmhouse
  • Industrial

Amara.com goes into further detail of the styles in The LuxPad Definitive Guide found here. It’s a good read and very informative.  If you aren’t sure you what style you are, go take this quiz from Better Homes and Gardens here! Once you take the quiz and let me know what design style you are!

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DIY STENCILED CHARGERS

Now you are ready to start searching Pinterest for styles to focus on. Head to the search bar and type in things like “Bohemian Style Living Room” or “French Country Kitchens.” Lots of ideas will pop up and you can start adding to the boards you have made. You can add as many pins as you want, there is no limit!

Here is my example:

After looking at so many ideas I realized I was Farmhouse – Rustic – Industrial.  Mixing these design ideas were perfect for me. Shiplap and Joanna Gaines spoke to me in particularly. I pinned images according to rooms in my house, the sky was the limit. Even if I knew it was impossible to afford or make myself, I pinned it anyway. I wanted to build things and make projects. Want to see what that board ended up looking like? Click here to see!

Secondly I fell in love with farmhouse decor items. Even though I knew I couldn’t buy them all, I pinned over 100 items that spoke to me, see that here. Finally, I was on a budget which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself. I had followed the Shanty2Chic sisters for years and loved their work. This board became one of my favorites.

I dreamed of shiplap walls. I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed. But I wanted it. So here are ideas that inspired me from that Pinterest board I had created (tap on photo to take you to creators website):

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I had completed my first step – I was inspired! I had no idea how or what I was going to do, but I knew what I wanted.

So now I have some homework for you! I promise it will be fun.

  1. Create a Pinterest page
  2. Make 5 boards of areas in your home you would like ideas for
  3. Take the interior design quiz here
  4. Pin at least 10 pins per board

That’s it! So easy and so fun. You will start to get ideas swimming in your mind and they can get hard to shut off. Mine actually never do so send help my way!

Next week I will be sharing how to take all this INSPIRATION and turn it into REALIZATION – let’s do this!

And before I go, here are some of my favorite Pinterest boards. You will find so many ideas here – so grab a blanket and get ready to be inspired!

DIY Kitchen Pinterest Board

DIY Bathroom Pinterest Board

DIY Wood Walls Pinterest Board

Farmhouse Style Decor

Head over this blog post to read up on PART TWO!

Love,

Kelly

DIY Farmhouse Window

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I have had a very simple window in my office space for years and decided it was time to dress it up.  I am converting this old office into a pantry and this is my second step in the process.  My first project was to add Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper to spice up the wall.  You can see that super simple tutorial here. Next up will be the pantry shelving!

Once I finished the window treatment, I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I saw lots of ideas on Pinterest and decided upon the Craftsman Style with Fillet and Chasing Cap.  I wasn’t even sure what those words meant – but I was going for it.  I learned this from True Built Home here.

Go follow my Pinterest for ideas (my DIY Window Pinterest Board here).

Here are my before and after photos – it made such a difference.  I learned alot from Liz Forez at LOVEGROWSWILD Blog.  Her post on a very similar window is so helpful.  Read that here.

 

Supplies Needed:

  • 1×4, 1×6, 1×8 and 1×2 MDF boards per measurements of your window (more details to come in step one)
  • Paint and Painting Supplies
  • Painters Tape
  • Caulk and Caulking Gun
  • Spackle and Sand Paper

Tools Needed:

  • Level
  • Stud Finder
  • Measuring Tape
  • Brad Nailer and Air Compressor
  • Miter Saw

 

Step One – Measure Your Windows

You will measure the height and width of your windows.  1×4 boards will be on both sides of your window – exact height.  1×6 board will be your window sill and will extend 3 inches over on each side (width plus 6 inches).  The MDF 1×4, 1×2 and 1×8 boards will also extend over by 3 inches on each side.  I had a 1×8 wood board in the shed so I opted to use that.  At my Home Depot the MDF board was cheaper than the real wood.  Additionally, Home Depot will cut your boards for you!  Read all about it here.

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Step Two – Gather Your Tools

I keep all my tools prepped on the window sill so I am ready to grab them.

Blesser House Blog has another blog post on how to install a similar window and she uses real wood and brad nails with a hammer – no nail gun! It’s a great option if you do not want to use a power tool.

 

Step Three – Find Your Studs

This is important because you want your boards securely in the wall.  I use my Zircon StudSensor and marked it with painters tape.

Step Four – Install Boards

First you want to make sure your boards are evenly spaced 3 inches overlap on each side.  Most blogs tell you to put the two side pieces on first.  I started with the top pieces first.  Either is fine.  Grab your brad nailer and your level – make sure it’s straight before nailing into the studs. I was alone so YES I picked up the nailer with my feet!

I added the 1×8 board first.  I made sure to leave 3/4 inch room to add my 1×2 underneith.

It is very important that your first piece is level.  Check and recheck! It will determine the rest of your placements.

Next I added the top 1×2 piece and the bottom 1×2 piece.

I added the window sill next, but this effected the length of my 1×4 boards on the sides of the window – they were too long.  I had to use my circular saw (or a jig saw) to cut the sill to fit the area.  So if you do not want to make another cut in the 1×4 boards, install them first.  Then measure the window sill to fit second.  You will basically measure and cut out a corner on each side of the 1×6 board. Install with nail gun.

Finally I added the two sides boards and the 1×4 board underneath the window sill.

Step Four – Caulk

You will want to use paintable caulk.  I always use a caulking gun because it’s hard for me to push the caulk out of the tube otherwise.  I apply and then use my finger to make it smooth.  They have tools for this but I like to use my finger instead.  Keep a rag that you can throw away or a baby wipe close to wipe your finger on.

I am not very good at caulking as you an see in the next photo.  It never works super well for me.   If you aren’t either, don’t worry!  You can paint over it.  Just make it as smooth as possible.

Farmboy taught me to place a screw into the top so the caulk will not dry inside it.  Works great for us!

 

Step Five – Spackel & Paint

If you are not using a primed MDF board you will need a coat of primer.  MDF just soaks up the paint otherwise.  Tape your area with painters tape and then add spackle to the small brad nail holes with a puddy knife.  Let dry and sand off.  Wipe off dust with a dry rag and you are ready to paint! I used 2 coats of Sherman Williams White to match my house.

Pulling off the tape is the best part in my opinion.  It means your are done!

This inexpensive project added so much to my new pantry and I love it.  Anyone can add this feature, it’s easier than you think!

Love,

Kelly

DIY Chippy Paint

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Chippy Paint is the cutest!  I have always wondered how to make something new look old – which is so ironic, but it’s so cute. I searched the internet of the best ways to do it and settled on this one, super easy and fast.  Watch this 60 second video tutorial and then follow the steps below.  Make sure to pin this image to save in your Pinterest!

Continue reading “DIY Chippy Paint”

DIY Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper

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I have always wanted to try wall paper but the thought of it intimidates me!  I pictured it filled with wet glue and mess up’s constantly.  And then I heard of Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper and my world changed.  How easy does that sound?  I had to try out.

Continue reading “DIY Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper”

DIY Mini Barn Doors

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I collaborated with two amazing companies for this project – The TAD Company and TACKLIFE Tools.  Both are companies I reached out to because I had researched their products and wanted to work with them.  I am attaching links to their sites to help you in your purchases.  These are not affiliate links.  But I was compensated from these companies in product and I was so excited.  I know you will love them too!

Welcome to our tutorial of mini barn doors for the home.  Go follow us on Instagram here and YouTube here to see all our latest projects!

We love all things barn door over here in the Ballard Home.  Last year I built a darling one for our master bedroom for $75 and you can see that post here.   This time around we needed some Mini Barn Doors for our sons playroom and love how they turned out!

Watch this 60 preview of the process and then follow along for all the instructions.

Continue reading “DIY Mini Barn Doors”

Stunning Lanterns for DIY Shutters

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The number one question I get when I share my mantel is “Where did you get those lanterns?!”.  So finally today I am sharing my favorite lanterns with you! I hang them from my DIY Shutters that you can see here. These are such an easy build that anyone can do.

The ones I found are at Kirklands here So I searched all over Walmart and Wayfair to find some of the cutest lanterns for the best prices. Affiliate links are included, so just click on the title to take you to their website!

Continue reading “Stunning Lanterns for DIY Shutters”

Simple Fall Mantel Decor

Simple Fall Mantel Decor

By CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy

Welcome to our Fall Festival Blog Hop, where 25 talented bloggers are sharing their tips and tricks for this wonderful season of Fall. Each day of the week will feature new themes and inspiration! Continue reading “Simple Fall Mantel Decor”

“No Drill Needed” Wall Vase

Ever want to hang a wall vase but didn’t want to add holes into your wall?  I am collaborating with Old Barn Milk Paint to bring you a super easy DIY that requires NO DRILLING – yah!  This one is so easy, and then you add the One Step Stain by Old Barn Milk Paint and you are done in NO TIME! Continue reading ““No Drill Needed” Wall Vase”

Do It Yourself – Farmhouse Sign

Do It Yourself – Farmhouse Sign

Make this sign in 7 simple steps, come join me!

 

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Ever since I started documenting my home decor journey I have been crushin on all these farmhouse signs.  You can pay to get one made, and often they aren’t cheap.  But if you don’t have the time and you do have the money – go for it!  If you want to try and make one yourself, check out this process that is SUPER easy and SUPER inexpensive (under $20!!!).  The only downside?  It does take your time.  But if you turn on some tunes or your favorite book and get to work, you mind find out how much you enjoy this kind of thing.

Check out my 60 second DIY Farmhouse Sign tutorial and then follow along for all the details!

 

 

Supplies Needed:

  • 1×10 wood board: 4-8 feet long, depending on how many letters you are using
  • Stain (I like Minwax Provincial or Walnut)
  • White Paint (I use Behr Paint and Primer)
  • Paint and staining brush
  • Rags
  • Vaseline
  • Modge Podge
  • Mirror image prints
  • Frosting knife (or any tool with a rounded edge)
  • Corner brackets (optional)

 

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Step One – Stain Your Wood

I chose not to sand down my piece of wood because I wanted it rustic.  Feel free to sand your edges before staining if you would like them softer.   Grab your stain, darker is better.  It will show through the chippy paint areas.  I added Weathered Oak first, let dry, then add Provincial around the edges for some darker spots.  This isn’t necessary.

P.S. Forgive my grainy photos!  I only video taped this DIY and had to take stills from the movie!

 

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Step Two – Add Vaseline

Lets learn how to achieve the chippy look.  I have a detailed blog post here on how to achieve the distressed look using wax as well.

Take your vaseline and rub it lightly onto the edges and corners of your board.  Miss some spots on purpose.  Then add some in sporadic spots on your board.   The more you use the more of the stain will show through for your outcome.

 

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Step Three – Paint Your Wood

Add a layer of white paint (or any color your prefer) to your board.  It doesn’t have to be super covered well, just “good enough.”  I use Behr Paint and Primer – I love it for the chippy look!  Let fully dry before the next step.

 

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Step Four – Print & Cut Your Words

This part is a little tricky if you do not know how to print mirror image.  Depending on the computer you have, it can be different for each.  Here is a link to teach you:

How to print a mirror image

Type out your word and mess with the fonts.  I really like Bordeaux Roman Bold LET for my signs.  You can fit about 3 letters per sheet if you use the 800 size.   If you don’t have that font you can download it here.

 

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Make sure you fiddle with it on your board to make sure it fits before the next step, which is cutting the letters.  You will cut as close to the edge as possible, keeping letters connected if you can.  This helps the placement goes smoother.

 

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Step Five – Glue Your Letters

You will dip your brush into the modge podge and gentle wipe ON THE INK SIDE of the first set of letters you are going to lay down.  Be gentle so you don’t rip your letters.  You have to take special care when laying them down because they are sticky.  You will only have a few seconds to move them around if you need before the glue thickens up.  I had a measuring tape to make sure the top and bottom spacing were the same.

Also make sure to get glue over the entire letter.  Every bit of ink must have glue on it to adhere well to the board.

 

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You will press the letters fully onto the board to make sure no bubbles are left behind.  Let dry completely according to directions before moving on to the next step.

 

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Step Six – Remove Paper

Here is the fun part!  Grab a rag and get it pretty wet.  Not dripping, but still really moist.  Gently press it onto all of your letters, one at a time.  This will start the process and help with removal.

 

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Once that is done, head back to the first letter.  You will gently and slowly rub the letter to remove the paper.  This will leave the ink on the board.  If you rub too much the ink will come off too.  If you do rub some ink off, just press it back in place.  It will dry fine.  It’s ok to have some ink rubbed off if you are going for a really rustic look like I was.  This process takes time, but is worth it.  It’s going to look amazing!

 

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Step Seven – Chip Your Paint

I like to use my frosting knife because it is round but not sharp.  You can use any like tool for this.  You will take the edge and start LIGHTLY scratching areas of your wood.  The edges and around letters are especially good spots.  You can also scrape off any extra paper you may have left that needs to be removed.  The more you scrape, the more chippy your board will be!

 

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I added metal brackets to my edges for a more complete look.  You can find these in the knob and drawer handle isle at Home Depot!  Spray paint the color you want and drill them on.

 

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Your all done!  Such a fun sign for a great price point.  Let us know how yours turns out!

Love,

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