A repurposed real estate sign giveaway

Some friends recently let me have one of their real estate yard signs, and I had some fun transforming it into a chalkboard. Now I’m giving it away. Do you want it?

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This piece is roughly 2’8″ wide and 2’x2″ high. It’s perfect for an office, bedroom, garage or wherever. Here is a quick video so you can better see the project since the photos don’t quite bring out all the color. Watch below (or here):

real estate sign transformation detailed steps

My Process: I split the post, removed graphics on one side, built the frame, used a distressed painting technique (which is why the frame looks older), and then glued the sign and frame together with Liquid Nails. I kept the reverse side intact to pay tribute to the original use. Thank you Brandy & Whitney of FAM Real Estate for letting me do this.

The Contest: This is open to anyone in the Sacramento area. It’s okay if we don’t know each other. As long as you live within 30-40 minutes or so of Downtown Sacramento, we can meet up near your work or home. Otherwise we can meet in public near Sacramento if you’re not local. If this goes over well and I build something again, I’ll be sure to make something smaller (easier to mail) and open up the contest nationally since I know many readers are out of state (thank you).

enter contest graphic purchased by 123rfdotcom and used with permission - by sacramento appraisal blog - 2003 Ways to ENTER THE CONTEST:

  1. Leave a comment below (1 entry)
  2. Share this post on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Google+ (2 entries each)
  3. Subscribe to my blog (5 entries)

You can do all three if you wish, but please let me know what you did by commenting below or sending me an email. If you share on Twitter and mention me, I’ll know already (@SacAppraiser). I’ll tally up all entries and randomly select one winner on May 27. Good luck everyone. Thanks for entering.

UPDATED: Congratulations to Realtor Meghan Wood for winning the chalkboard contest. I’ll reach out and get the board to you soon. Thank you everyone for entering to win – whether here or other social places.

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Question: What else do you think could be built from a real estate sign?

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The 2-story clubhouse I built for my kids

Did you have a clubhouse as a kid? I did for a couple of years, and it sure was fun for me, my brother and neighborhood kids. Since I wanted my boys to have one too, I built them a clubhouse that took my childhood structure to a whole different level (literally). I built this a while back, but never put it online until recently. Initially it was a single story with a balcony, but I added a second story after realizing the rain was going to destroy my hard work if the balcony was left open to the elements for much longer. Watch below (or here). What do you think?

Here and there I like to take a break from stats and market trends to share passions well beyond real estate. One of my favorite things to do in life is to work with my hands. I honestly find so much joy and fulfillment when building – even though I’m fairly novice overall. Thanks for letting me share this project.

Questions: Do you think clubhouses are a positive or negative when selling a house? I’d love to hear your take. Any stories or specific examples?

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The fire pit I built in the backyard

What do you love to do beyond work? Besides bike riding, traveling, exercising to lose weight and community building, I love working with my hands. I’m no expert, but I am an avid learner and I find tremendous joy in creating things. This fire pit was my latest project. My goal was to fund the pit through recent Google Adsense revenue and recyclables too, which was a fun layer to pulling this off. I considered something a bit more fancy or with mortar, but this will work for now.

the firepit I built

How I built a fire pit: I bought everything at Home Depot for about $200. It literally took me 1 hour to do this after everything was unloaded into the backyard. Step 1: Lay out your design. Step 2: Dig about six inches down so you have room to lay sand throughout the area where your pit will be. Step 3: Pour four or so bags of paver sand or play sand. Make sure the sand is level. If it is not level the final product is going to look really bad. Step 4: Stack the stones making sure they are level while stacking. Some folks use an adhesive to stick the blocks together, but I chose not to because I didn’t want an adhesive anywhere near flames.

how to build a fire pit

I’m excited for the opportunities this fire pit will create to connect with family and friends. Additionally, it’ll be a perfect space for inviting neighbors over for planned or spontaneous gatherings. I’m telling you, a larger porch and having something to do in the backyard is a potent recipe to build relationships with neighbors.

Community Building 101: By the way, in case it might be helpful, I wrote a series called Community Building 101 a few years ago. If you are tinkering with the idea of how to begin to improve your neighborhood, this short mini-essay series might be relevant. Let me know what you think. Download HERE (pdf).

Question: What types of things do you buyers look for in a backyard?

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Why was this bathroom tub cut down?

One of the things I love about real estate is how there is always something new to see, and usually a story behind what is seen. Pictures like this make me smile for two reasons: 1) The owner found a cost-effective way to help older knees take a shower; and 2) Points for creativity. Of course when it comes to resale value, I’m not sure buyers would prefer tubs like this throughout a home, so I’d suggest maybe only doing it to one bathroom.

Win a $5 Starbucks Card: Come up with a clever alternate reason why this tub was cut down, and I’ll email a $5 Starbucks card to my favorite comment below.

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Photo credit: Realtor Anne Graviet (thanks Anne for letting me use this image)

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