XOXO Distressed Wooden Art with Galvanized Metal

Ashleigh and I’s first project we did together was a Palette-Inspired Wooden Sign. It was a fairly simple project that I repurposed into a similar, but new, project. Our original project can be found here: http://beckhamandbelle.com/2015/02/dii-wall-art.html .

Here’s how we cut and put together the wood…

We started with three 3ft 1×8 pine boards. Ashleigh ripped (translation: cut) these boards in half, giving us six 3ft 1x4s.
I aligned the edges of the boards as shown below, leaving the slightest space in between each to add a little depth to the finished project and to give it that refurbished palette feel. Ashleigh then cut two 3ft 1″ x 2″ inch pieces to act as our base.
*In short, if you are having your local hardware store cut wood for you, you need six 3ft 1″x4″ boards and two 3ft 1″ x 2″ boards.
After setting the planks in position, we positioned the 2″cuttings on either side, perpendicular to the planks. There’s no real measurement needed here as long as they are equal distance to either edge.
Using a nail gun, we nailed the 2″ pieces down to the planks, 2 nails for each plank to ensure stability.
Ashleigh’s so elegantly holding up the finished product (unpainted, of course). You can see how we chose to feature some of the natural knots and nature of the raw wood. I personally love the depth this adds to any wood project, but you can play and position as you see best fit.
Using a Gray Minwax Stain, we covered the wood’s face side, using a cloth to wipe down excess stain, to help give that weathered appearance.
Below photo shows the stain after being wiped down with a dry cloth.

Once dry, I sanded down so some of the grey stain was still there, but in a distressed manner. The key is to let some of the natural wood show through to achieve the end result of weathered-looking wood.

XOXO Distressed Wooden Art with Galvanized Metal

Next, I stained overtop of the grey stain with Dark Walnut Minwax Stain.

XOXO Distressed Wooden Art with Galvanized Metal

Once dried, I attached my metal letters. I found galvanized “xoxo” letters from Hobby Lobby or you can customize your own word with similar, custom letters here.

I hammered a few small nails so the “xoxo” could hook onto the nails at the bottom right of the wood.

XOXO Distressed Wooden Art with Galvanized Metal

To hang the sign, I attached a D-ring to both of the back sides. You’ll want to use drywall anchors to hang if you’re not able to hang through wall studs.

XOXO Distressed Wooden Art with Galvanized Metal

XOXO Distressed Wooden Art with Galvanized Metal