A simple "family" painting project

It feels so good to be back blogging after a few days of ill health. Yes, my friends, I will never take good health for granted again after having emergency gall bladder surgery over the weekend. I will spare you the details but as, cliché as it may sound, I just want to say how thankful I am for all the simple pleasures of life.

After three days in the hospital, I came home to my happy kids, my wonderful husband and my ever-helpful and loving mom standing right next to these French doors:

Of course, walking in the door and seeing my family made me immeasurably happy, but it was also thrilling to be back at the home I've so lovingly decorated. See that "family" sign above the French doors? It's a simple project I finished recently and was just getting ready to blog about it when I had a gall bladder attack last week. Due to a misdiagnosis, I spent five days writhing in pain on my couch despite heavy pain medication before going to the hospital and discovering the real source of my troubles.

Anyway, the simple painting project took on a new meaning when I returned home from the hospital two days ago.

Without further ado, here's the simple project. Really, it doesn't get any simpler than this. I started out with some old letters I found at the thrift store for $2. I knew right away I would be painting them but waited a while before deciding what color.

Yes, I bought the letters so long ago that my kids were still wearing parkas outdoors!

Here are all the letters, after being lightly sanded, primed and painted. In a moment of inspiration, I decided to do a rainbow effect using my favorite colors: yellow, orange and red.

In the photo above, you can see how I used a blend of two colors to create a new in-between color. For the last letter, I used the white primer since I had no white spray paint.

I really enjoy walking into my home through the front door and seeing those rainbow letters. They somehow make me happy.

Again, here's what the letters looked like before I painted them.

Here's what they look like now, above the French doors.

I have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be, but in this case, I kept it simple and I think it worked.

Do you use letters or signs to decorate in your home?



Thrifted Treasure said...

Oh you poor thing, glad you're home and feeling better! The family sign is lovely, so bright and colourful :-)

CACHANILLA73 said...

Oh Minnie, what a 'susto', when we mamas are sick our family suffers so much. I am glad you are back at home and feeling better. You said it perfect, the simple pleasures of life gives us real happines.
Love, love the letters.
Take care...

Un abrazo...


Razmataz said...

Minnie, I keep seeing signs that say dream, peace, joy etc, but his one say it all. It is lovely and a lovely reminder of all that is important.

Wow, 3 days in hospital for gall bladder, you must have been in rought shape. You poor poor thing. I hope you are feeling much better now, and with your family around you, you will be on a good road to recovery. Wishing a speedy journey back to good health.


brismod said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend. Unexpected illness and surgery would make you truly appreciate your lovely sign. It is the perfect word to come home to each day. xx

Vintage Sassy said...

Minnie that is one of the cutest ideas ever....love it!

So glad you are feeling better.


Minnie said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. It's nice to hear you all like the letters.

Cachanilla, You are so right. I worry so much about how my absence affects them. They carry on, of course, but I know it's not the same. Thankfully, I am recuperating quite well. Thanks for your words.

gena said...

Glad you're feeling better ! I had mine out 25 years ago when they did it the ol' fashioned way - ugh.

I love the colorful word - it's the most special word out there isn't it ?

hugs from a still swollen recuperating from cellulitis from wisdom teeth removal - gena


Heather said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better...what an ordeal!
The letters look great, and it sounds like you have a great family to come home to!

I keep looking for metal letters, but all the letters I want aren't available. One of these days I'll hit the jackpot!

Minnie said...

Gena, Thanks for your visit, especially in light of your wisdom teeth ordeal this week. Hope you're feeling better.

Heather, I imagine you've tried Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters for metal letters? They usually have a great supply in most letters, I think.

Kristen said...

Hi Minnie! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment! :-) I hope you're feeling much better now! I love your home and all the use of color! What a great place to raise a family!!

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