Today I'm feeling very lucky to be in Massachusetts with my family to celebrate my grandparents'
SIXTIETH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!
My grandparents are awesome. They're hilarious, stylish, great dancers who finish each other's sentences and are so full of love it makes you want to eat all of the brownies.
Fun Fact: my grandma let me borrow her wedding dress (at the time it was 59 years old!) to wear at Ben and my wedding last August!
But when it comes to celebrating their anniversary, there was one problem- what the heck do you get two people who have been winning marriage for sixty years and basically have everything they want/need? Well my go-to was a painting, and here it is:
I love painting on wood, it's my favorite surface because, unlike canvas, it's perfectly smooth. The downside is wood panels are far more expensive than canvas, so painting on wood is a special treat.
Now I'm going to share with you my secret about how I'm able to paint on small wood panels for a fraction of the cost! While I can only do this with small panels that are normally odd sizes, I feel it's definitely worth sharing if you're looking to save a few bucks :) So...have you seen those motivational quotes printed on wood? They'll all the rage with the whole rustic-scene taking over the world. You can find them almost everywhere. They usually say things like "a friend is a piece of pie" or "stop wine-ing, you're ugly". Okay maybe that's not what they say, I usually don't actually read them because I like to buy them purely for the purpose of painting over them! It's perfect because they're smooth, light weight and ready to hang up! All you have to do is paint over the words, which is what I did here:
The cool thing about this quote board was that it had very pretty grey stripes going along the edge. I liked the way it looked with my painter peony so I left it that way. I hope my grandparents like it! And I hope you take advantage of this advice if you're looking for inexpensive wood panels! I've purchased them from Michaels, Ross and Home Goods.
Happy Friday! :)
Wedding photos by Kristin Partin Photography :)
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