I have been seeing those ampersand signs everywhere lately. The ampersand ‘and’ symbol really adds a touch of whimsy to engagement pictures, baby announcements, bookcases, walls etc. I love it. I have been working on revamping my mudroom. I want it to be a ‘functional’ command center, to hopefully help reduce clutter on the counter…HOPEFULLY! So I had an idea of ‘Keys & Things’; and thought it would be a fun way to add an ampersand for a little functional decoration.
The & took all of 15 minutes to cut out with my band saw. I found a chunky piece of wood that I wanted to use, (it needs to be about the size of a paper 8 1/2″ x 11″). Print and cut out the ampersand pattern rustic ampersand pattern. Trace the & onto the wood. If you are using a band saw then you’ll need to have cuts to get your blade into the inner circles. If you are using a jig saw or scroll saw, you won’t have to make the cuts through the &, drill holes in the inner circle for you blade and you’re good to go. Cut out the ampersand. Lightly sand the edges if you need too.
I really liked the & with raw edges, but I thought it might be fun to add a little pop of color. So I painted the edges with a coral-ish color. Once the paint was dry, I roughed up the paint, to look weathered. I kind of love how it turned out.
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