Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope y’all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Labor Day is always such a bitter sweet time for me. I’m sad that summer is starting to come to an end, but also so excited for all things fall, with all the cozy vibes!

What better way to celebrate all things fall, than with a fall sign blog hop, hosted by Terrie, Decorate And More With Tip .

For my sign, I started with a frame from an old mirror. The mirror was broken and sitting in my basement, ready to be reimagined!

I attached, using brad nails, some tongue-and-groove boards…

Stained the wood…

Then I decided to try a technique, that I saw on Pinterest, for crackle paint, using Elmer’s glue…

Put the glue anywhere and everywhere that you want your paint to crackle. As soon as the glue has slightly dried, enough to paint over without mixing the glue into the paint, paint over the glue. Make sure the glue isn’t completely dry though, it needs to dry after the paint is on. When the glue dries, it shrinks, causing the paint on top to crack.

I then found a fall quote the I really like…

I penciled the quote onto the painted wood. I was going to print the lettering out to trace on the wood, but my boys “misplaced” the printer cord, so I hand lettered it…

I then went over the pencil with a black sharpie. After the marker was dry, I slightly sanded the entire sign, and dry brushed the lettering with a tiny bit of white chalk paint…

I obviously HAD to redo the shelves, just a bit, to make room for my new fall sign….

I want to show y’all every single detail of my shelf decor, but then I would be drifting way too far off topic, which if you know me, is exactly what I always do!

I will post ALL about my shelf decor on Thursday, the same day that I will post about September’s giveaway. And, as for today, I’ll keep on topic, my DIY hand lettered sign…

Do you want more fall sign inspiration? Just click on the links below to see what some of my blogging friends have come up with…

are invited to the
link party!

here to enter

Thank you so much for visiting LeCultivateur!!! I so appreciate YOU taking the time to read my blog and for leaving such sweet comments!! Y’all are the best, and make blogging so much fun!!

Hope y’all have a wonderful day!!


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  1. That’s beautiful!! I didn’t know about that glue trick. Thank you for sharing that! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  2. Wow! I love this…. I have an old mirror almost just like yours that went on top of my dresser. What inspiration to get it out and make something fabulous out of it! So pretty!

    1. Thank you so much!!! So fun that you have a similar mirror, just waiting for a transformation!

  3. I really like this and especially love the frame you used so pretty. Never heard of the Elmer’s glue before. Looks easier than crackle medium.


    1. Thank you so much!!! The Elmer’s glue is so easy to use!!

  4. Emily this is so cool. I have heard about the DIY crackling but never tried it. I love how it looks. You do amazing work. You are so creative and talented. Love working with you on all our challenges. You are such a sweetheart!

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  5. You are so creative!! I love it!

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  6. I love this so much! It turned out so great!

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  7. I love the sign that you made! You are so talented!!

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  8. This came out so nice! I’ll have to remember that little trick with the white chalk paint, those touches really make a difference!

    1. Thank you so much!!! It really is the small touches that make all the difference!

  9. I love this project! I’ve always loved that quote and was thinking of making something else originally on which I was going to use it! lol I’m glad I didn’t or we would have had nearly the same piece again. Loving how that paint crackled with the glue. I’m going to have to try that.

    1. Thank you so much!!! It’s such a great quote!

  10. Emily- your sign is beautiful! I love the idea of using a mirror frame for a barn wood type sign. Your hand lettering is wonderful. It looks great- happy accident to not find that cord if you ask me. So happy to have found you and your blog

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  11. Emily, I love your sign from the mirror, to how you attached the scrap boards and stained them. The saying is wonderful and you write really well!! I’m impressed with the overall design and love it displayed on your shelf. Amazing project.

    1. Thank you so much!!!

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