It’s embarrassing how long it’s been since I last posted… Where did the holidays go and why does November + December always feel like they happened in the matter of a week!? We battled through terrible colds, coughs, and other yucky stuff in between throughout the two months and feel like we’re finally all back above water and healthy *knock on wood*.
Over the long MLK weekend I did a quick project that I’m in love with. It was so easy and can be done for only a couple of bucks! I found this beautiful piece of scrap or “value” wood at Menards.
At most home improvement stores, they sell great pre-cut pieces of wood for a dollar or two, scraps from wood cut from other customers. These “scraps” are usually perfect for me because I love all the knots, bruises, and cracks I can find, and these are usually pieces that are not wanted by those buying lumber for home improvement projects. Of course if you prefer a less rustic look, you can buy cleaner looking pieces for full price. To each his own!
The piece of wood I used measured 1″x6″x4′ and it was the perfect size! I sanded the wood down, only lightly sanding the edges where the wood looked naturally worn (and super cool).
After sanding, I stained the wood with Minwax Dark Walnut. Once the stain dried, I painted the top with a rough coat of black paint – this doesn’t need to be perfect since you’ll sand some more after this step! With the black paint, I avoided the inside of the knots and the edges of where the wood was worn so these would be very visible parts of the finished product.
Once the black paint completely dried, I lightly sanded over the black paint to achieve the below worn, almost burnt look.
Using my Silhouette Cameo machine, I printed 3.5″ number / letter stencils on vinyl. Honestly, getting the letters aligned and spaced correctly with this sticky stuff was the longest step in the process, but the vinyl prevents paint from sneaking through the edges.
I used white paint to fill in the numbers / letters. Clearly I took advantage of the vinyl since my painting wasn’t the neatest :).
I peeled the vinyl off shortly after and had clean, crisp figures.
To mount, I used two no-nail sawtooth hanger hooks. These hooks are the best. Just a couple hits with the hammer and you’re good to go.
Right above our front door was the perfect place for me to mount the sign (though admittedly, a terrible place to be able to get a great picture of it…!).