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Please Excuse the Mess

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I saw this beautiful hand painted wooden sign online not too long ago saying “Please excuse the mess… we live here” and thought that it was perfect for my house.  I felt that it was a bit too pretty though to describe my mess and thought it would be a fun project for my toddler to participate in, especially since 80% of the mess made comes from him.

I bought a 16″x20″ canvas and these Paper Studios letters from Hobby Lobby and got to work.  To line everything up I drew a very light line down the middle and across the middle since I knew these letters would fit in 6 lines.  Based off the size of the letters I figured there would be about a 1/2″ space between the lines of letters.



Why are 2 of the Es white and barely visible?  The store ran out of black letters and since it was being painted over anyways I didn’t care what color they were.  By the way, because I was watching for sales I got everything 50% off, so this turned out to be a pretty frugal piece of art.

I let my 2 year old Rush go through my paint colors and then get to work 🙂  I enjoy easy projects like this because it allows my toddler to have some fun while his big brother is in preschool.



My kids love painting and feel so proud that I put their art all over my walls and cabinets.  I think the finished product is beautiful and describes my house so perfectly 🙂



*Quick Tip:  As you can see there is some bleed through from where he went really heavy with the paint.  I would remove the stickers with a tweezers right after painting.  I am not sure if it was the over saturation or heat from letting it dry outside, but I had to do a lot of scraping to get the stickers off.  If they do get stuck, just wet it with a little water and rub.  Comes off easily!


  1. Laura C.

    May 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Love it!

  2. Renae matlock

    May 11, 2016 at 3:24 am

    That is so pretty! I love it!

    • jehler

      May 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you! The kids get such a kick out of it when I have their artwork on display so it’s a total win-win!

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