My Family Rules

I’ve been wanting to tackle this project for a long time.  I first saw this version of Family Rules over at the Pleated Poppy.   It was done on a canvas using scrapbook paper.  Then I came across this Subway style resolution sign over at Little Blue Boo. 

family rules canvas parts  
I started with a trip to Home Depot.  Did you know that they have a bargain lumber bin in the back?   Items in the bin in my store are all either $1.01 or $2.01.  So I was able to get the materials for less than $5.00.  I picked up a piece of this stuff made for drawer bottoms and cabinet backs.  I had it cut to 24” x 30”.  I also picked up some 1” x 1” trim pieces.
miter box and saw 
Then I cut the ends to length using my saw and miter box.  This is a great simple tool that can help you not only cut angles, but make nice straight cuts as well.    

pneumatic nailer fun
It wouldn’t be a project with wood if I couldn’t pull out the pneumatic nailer.  Yippee for power tools!

family rules art canvas
Here’s the underside.  Just a simple frame nailed to the surface piece.

family rules art 
Here’s the front side.  After filling the nail holes, and sanding, but before priming the whole thing.

family rules art
Then, I made a list of all the rules I wanted to have on my board.  I wanted there to be a mix of “life” rules (Do your Best, Have a Thankful Heart, etc), as well as things that I just tend to nag about.  (Wash your hands, Pick up after Yourself, Be Kind to your Sister,  etc.)  I came up with nearly 30 rules for my board. 

Up until this point, I had been following Little Blue Boo’s tutorial.  I had printed out my rules and used spray adhesive to attach them to contact paper.  (You can see this version laid out above.)  The idea was to cut out the letters, and then stick the contact paper letters down to your board.  However, after cutting out my first two rules, I knew that I would never be able to finish such a tedious job.  Not with this many rules.  Just not my type of project.  So I switched gears and ran down to my craft store to buy some adhesive scrapbooking letters.  If you’re going to do try this project, I highly recommend laying out your rules on the board, and taking a photo, so you’ll know where everything goes when you’re ready to actually start sticking them down.

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I picked a couple of colors for the basecoat and randomly painted then on the board.   When dry, I drew some light pencil lines to guide me.  Then using my assorted adhesive scrapbook letters, I began to stick my rules down.   I really like the look of mixing fonts.  

bathroom 034  
I took a roller and covered the letters with paint I had leftover from my family room.  I used a sponge pouncer brush to make sure the letters were all well covered.  It took two coats of paint to cover up the different color base paint layers.   I used black paint to finish off the edges. 

touching up paint 
Next came the uber tedious job of peeling all the letters off.  I used an exacto knife along with a pair of tweezers to painstakingly remove each letter.  I tried to be as careful as I could, but couldn’t avoid having to touch up the letters in places where the paint seeped beneath the lettering.  
 family rules
Finally, I did a bit of decorative painting and put a tinted glaze over the whole thing.  
It looks great on the wall of my redone bathroom!  Even though this was one of my most time consuming, frustrating projects ever, I love the way it turned out. 

54 thoughts on “My Family Rules

  1. Well my goodness, this is awesome. You worked really hard. I have had the scrap book paper bought to do one for a long time, but haven't started because I know how long it is going to take, when do you find the time, you amaze me.

    Cha Cha

  2. This is very neat… I love it..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. at Life As Lori

    Please join me next week for another great party!

  3. Your rules project is wonderful, I really like it and think everyone needs something like this even when the kids grow up. So cute! thanks for visiting my blog and letting me know a few days ago, I apreciate comments, as I know everyone does. Hugs, Marla @ SevenPalms

  4. I just LOVE this version. So refined and the flowers make it cheerful…..I'll definately be featuring it next week on Craft Schooling Sunday, so thanks so much for linking and hope to see you again next week!

  5. Amazing job! I know how difficult stuff like that is! It turned out beautifully.

    It was probably harder to get discouraged with those rules staring back at you! 🙂

  6. I LOVE this, probably the prettiest family rules I've seen. However, I know for a FACT, I don't have the patience to peel off all those letters (and mine would be all crooked & wonky anyway)! You did an AMAZING job!!!

  7. Wow – it turned out so great! I love the happy yellow color you used. I also used press-on scrapbook letters for mine. I am not patient enough to cut them all out!

    Great job! Thanks for linking up!


  8. ok, that's it.. Cricut is now on my "Need" list and not just the "I want" list because I can see how having one of them would make making one of these so easy to do. You have a great tutatorial writen and I want to make a sign for our camper.

    May I include your "house rules" in a news letter I put out on weekdays. I fully give credit and a link back to the orginal crafter.

    check it out here.

    Billie C.

  9. Wow! This is amazing. We are finishing off our basement and need two extra large canvas paintings to cover our windows (sounds crazy I know but we're putting in a theater and need total darkness) and he doesn't seem to think I can do it. I'm showing him this! I knew I could make the canvas board, I just need to get some mad painting skills. Truly awesome job!!

  10. I love this! What a great job you did! You have inspired me to do one now so I'll put it on my "what I want to do but know I won't get around to it for a long time" list. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!


  11. Stopping by from another blog that had your photo linked — THIS is absolutely my favorite one so far. I was sold on the idea of "house rules" but wasn't sure about the mish/mash of paper patterns and such but THIS is perfect for me! Thanks!

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