We like to have our family Christmas party the Saturday before Christmas if possible, that way it won’t interfere with the grandkids’ celebrations at their homes.
By way of decorations, we went with a Buffalo-plaid red-and-black check theme, which seems to be a component of the “farmhouse-style” ubiquitous scheme of holiday decorating this year. Our contribution of craft to the decor was pseudo-barn panel painted and embellished with a holiday sentiment.
Skip put together three boards that were lying around in the shop. I white-washed them with some white milk paint.
After they dried completely, I painted over the boards with red milk paint.
Once the red paint was dry, I “sanded” the boards with Abranet to make some of the white and bare board show through and thus give it a weathered appearance.
Then I painted a rough image of pine boughs, pine cones, and gold ribbon, nothing very specific, using acrylic paint.
We painted the whole surface with clear Danish oil mixed with a little bit of walnut Danish oil to seal it and make it look old. Then, after that dried, which took a really long time because it was cold — I actually blew the hair dryer at it for a short while and that did speed up the drying — we sprayed it with clear acrylic.
Finally, we added a Cricut sentiment out of adhesive-backed shiny holographic vinyl.
There it was, hanging on the wall in the foyer, directing our party guests to the living room where the fun was about to begin!
We’re done with this leg of the journey!