For awhile now I’ve wanted to put some sort of saying on our front porch. We have a little lip around the top that would be perfect for resting some letters on, and I wanted a fun upbeat saying for us/other people to see when we/they are leaving. I thought and thought…
“Have a great day!” - cheesy, I don’t want people to feel like they are leaving a gas station.
“It’s a beautiful day” – fantastic U2 song, but not feeling it.
“Smile” or “Be Happy” or something like that - too impersonal, and frankly, a little bossy. Back off sign.
A great bible verse – perhaps, I’d just have to pick one.
And then, one night many months ago, Adam and I were watching the last episode of the best show ever…Friday Night Lights. In one of the final scenes my TV husband, Tim Riggins, clinked his beer bottle against his brothers and said “Texas Forever.”
And I knew what I wanted my porch to say.
I ordered the words off of Pick Your Plum. If you don’t know about Pick Your Plum, you should. They are one of my sponsors, and it’s an online store that sells super discounted craft supplies. Trick is, they only sell one thing a day, so you should check back daily. So when I saw custom cut words come on for really cheap, I jumped on them.
I really liked the look of my stenciled table and wanted to do something similar with my letters. I decided to stain it first though…and I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, because the letters are MDF and not wood. So if your curious, this is what stained MDF looks like…
I didn’t want it to look too busy or be hard to read, so I chose to put a single large paisley on the beginning of “Texas”.
There are a few ways to stencil, and roller and a flat brush. I’d never tried the flat brush, so I figured since it was a small project I would give it a whirl.
I think I’ll stick with the roller…
Luckily you can’t tell that it’s smudgy from far away!
After I took all my pictures and wrote this post, I decided that the white was a little to busy. I added another coat of stain and like it much better. We don’t want the paisley distracting people from the message or anything.
So that’s my porches message to all our visitors! I know, some of y’all don’t get it, but Texans love Texas. I don’t think there is another place in America where people have as much stateriotism. Sure there are places with much more beautiful landscape, summer temps that don’t feel like the surface of the sun, actual trees, regular sized bugs, real winters and far less poisonous snakes…but still, there’s just something about Texas .
If you’ve never seen Friday Night Lights (no, not the movie) you really should watch it. You know your favorite shows are all on summer break right now so go ahead and watch all five seasons before your shows come back on. Then try and tell me that you don’t what to put “Texas Forever” on your front porch, even if you live in Ohio :)