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DIY Carved Inspirational Sign
Guest Blog by Bethany Joy

I just know you are going to love my next DIY project showcasing another wonderful product from P Graham Dunn! This month, I’m going to walk you through my process of creating a fabulous “Love Always” wooden sign for your home. 



Let’s get started with the list of supplies you will need:

-Acrylic paint in assorted colors of your choice - I used: grey, white, hot pink, peach, light blue violet, bright aqua green, and lime green. 

-Paint brushes: I used a 2 inch brush for the background and a smaller brush for the letters

-Mechanical Pencil

-Sawtooth hanger (to add to the back for wall hanging) + hammer + nails

-Clear Coat - I used Kamar Varnish Spray.

-“Love Always” Carved Wood Sign from P Graham Dunn (or word sign of your choice from P Graham Dunn*)


*Did I mention that you can choose from a wonderful selection of word signs from P Graham Dunn? Their word signs are truly awesome because the letters are uniquely CARVED into the wood! Here’s a list of words available with the links to the product: blessedyou & megatherlove alwaysfamilyhome, and welcome.



When you’ve got all your supplies, we’ll get started! Please keep in mind that you most definitely can customize your project with the colors of your liking. I used my personal favorites, but think of how cool this sign would be in shades of blue for a beach home or in neutral-toned colors for a more simple feel...the possibilities are endless and oh so beautiful!

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, I’d definitely say that this is an easy project that anyone can do! You’re going to love the process and the results.



Step 1: Paint entire sign one acrylic paint color, (for this step, I chose grey).

Make sure the paint goes inside the carved letters and remember to paint the sides, too!  Allow time from the paint to dry. 



Step 2: After the first solid layer of color dries, use 2 inch wide rough bristle "chippy" brush to paint the second color of acrylic paint, (I chose white).

This brush will allow you to “see through” to some of your base coat color because the bristles are more spread apart. You can see the details of what I’m talking about in the image below. This brushing method allows for more of a distressed/rustic look. Once you’ve got this coat painted to your liking, you’ll want to set it aside to dry completely before proceeding.




Step 3: This is where the process gets really fun! Choose several acrylic paint colors for your letters. 

The paint colors I chose are hot pink, peach, light blue violet, bright aqua green, and lime green, along with white for mixing shades of each color. You should select a small/medium sized brush to add your colors to the carved letters. It can get tricky keeping the paint from getting “outside the lines”, but we’ll touch it all up later. Begin painting with one color, adding brush strokes throughout each letter. I continued adding each color until all the letters were filled in with all of the colors. I ended up painting a second coat of each color as well to blend my brush strokes making everything look more smooth. Once you’re satisfied with all the colors in your letters, set it aside to dry once more.


Step 4: Touch ups + details!

You’ll want to grab a small brush and your second base color (white for me), to go around the edges of all of your letters and touch up any spots where the colors might have gone outside the lines. Bet you were wondering what that mechanical pencil on the supplies list was for, too, weren’t you? This is my favorite tool for adding tiny white polka dot details to my paintings! You’ll want to make sure the led isn’t in use, then dip the tip of your mechanical pencil into the white paint (or whatever color), and add dots wherever you’d like to create extra whimsy in your letters! 


Step 5: After your sign is completely dry, spray on a coat of Kamar Varnish just to be sure your sign is sealed and protected. 

You also might want to add on some wall hanging hardware to the back of your sign. Pictured below are some options you could consider, depending on how you’re planning to display your sign. The sides of this sign are thick enough, however, that it could stand alone on a shelf, too. 





That’s it! I told you this project was easy! Do you love your new hand-painted home decor? P Graham Dunn truly has some amazing craft decor products for easily creating unique pieces of art for your home. They’re so generous as well and are offering all of you 15% off their entire site! Just type the code JOY in during check out to enjoy their sweet gift. If you create this project, please be sure to share and tag us on social media: @pgrahamdunn @bethanyjoy_art. We’d both LOVE to see your artistic creations! 





P. Graham Dunn Announces Additional Location in Canton

P. Graham Dunn is set to officially open a new retail location in Canton on November 1st, 2019. The gift and home décor manufacturer is opening its doors in the building previously occupied by Lifeway Christian Stores at 1100 30th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709.

P. Graham Dunn has a long history of producing American-made home décor in the heart of Amish Country. Their current retail location in Dalton will continue to provide inspirational products to its shoppers and serve as their flagship store. The opportunity to expand is a significant milestone for the company.  Andy Yost, Vice President of Sales says, “In an era where gifts, books and Bibles are being purchased online, we understand that in-store experience is paramount when drawing shoppers into a brick and mortar location. By opening a store in Canton, we are hoping to emulate the same experience shoppers get when they visit our Dalton corporate store—one that evokes inspiration, joy, and hope and provides an atmosphere of peace and calmness; a respite in the busy-ness of life.”

The new store will be open Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm, and will feature a large selection of P. Graham Dunn’s modern, farmhouse, and inspirational décor, as well as greeting cards, Bibles and books, Melissa and Doug children’s toys, and other gifts. The store will offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, with features such as an interactive children’s area, where kids can play while their parent shops. On-the-spot personalized gifts will also be offered for last-minute shoppers and those seeking a unique, memorable item. Bargain shoppers will be able to shop the Factory Outlet to purchase discounted overstocked, discontinued, and unfinished merchandise.

Anthony Burdette, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, is eager for the store to open. “We are excited about this new venture – it provides us the opportunity to reopen a retail location that has served the city of Canton for over 40 years. We understand the importance of local business and hope that this new storefront will not only be a destination for our locally-produced décor and gifts, but also a place of inspiration, encouragement and togetherness for the people of Canton and its surrounding communities.”

Founded in March of 1976, P. Graham Dunn is a leading, domestic manufacturer of inspirational art, gift and home décor, currently distributing to over 8,000 accounts nationwide. Family owned and operated since its founding, the company recently became employee-owned in September 2019. This transition assures a continuation of company values and allows P. Graham Dunn to remain nimble and continue to adapt to an ever-changing gift industry. 

For information on the Grand Opening Sale and celebration November 1st - November 9th, 2019, visit P. Graham Dunn on Facebook by clicking here.

Dunn Family Sells Company to Employees

The Dunn Family, long-time owners of P Graham Dunn, Inc, is proud to announce the sale of P Graham Dunn to its employees in the form of an employee stock ownership program (ESOP). All 300 employees will be retained in the transition and eligible employees will become owners.

“An ESOP is our best tool for transitioning P Graham Dunn from one generation of leadership to the next,” said Peter Dunn, founder and long-time CEO. “The first two employees LeAnna and I hired, Carol Curie and Robert Shetler, are still with us after forty-two years. An outright sale of the company to a competitor would highly jeopardize fellow workers that have been with us for decades. An ESOP assures a secure future and a continuation of our values for those that have shown dedication and loyalty to us. Our ongoing management team representing 133 years of employee experience will be augmented with outside skilled leadership on our board of directors.”

The company will retain the familiar P Graham Dunn name and will be directed by an experienced team of leaders. Patrick Helmuth will become the newly appointed CEO. Joe Knutson will continue serving as company President. Additional management will be composed of Robert Shetler, long-time VP of Manufacturing, Franklin Geiser, VP of Technology, Andy Yost, VP of Sales, and Anthony Burdette, VP of Marketing and Product Development, all continuing in their current roles. Peter Dunn will also continue to contribute to product development and operations, lending his genius and expertise as an advisor to the new employee-owned company.

“On behalf of the employees, I want to thank the Dunn family for giving us this opportunity to keep the business locally owned,” said Helmuth. “Our people are what make P. Graham Dunn a leader in the industry. They will be the key drivers behind our future success.” Helmuth continued, “Our retailer customers should experience the same excellent service from our customer service team and our sales and marketing partner - OneCoast”.

P. Graham Dunn is nestled in the heart of Amish Country and manufactures art, gift and home décor. What started over forty years ago as a mission assignment on the streets of New York City has blossomed into an international business, serving thousands of accounts throughout the country and around the world. Rooted in humble beginnings, the business remains nimble and continues to adapt to an ever-changing gift industry.

The company displays its products in OneCoast showrooms in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX, and operates its own showroom in Las Vegas, NV.  It also operates its factory, warehouse, and retail presence in Dalton, OH. Continued growth for the company has been a result of newly developed sales channels and product categories beyond inspirational décor, including dedicated lines of coastal, Christmas, and craft products.