Hello readers of twelveOeight! My name is Krista and I am so excited to be here today sharing my simple reclaimed wood sign with you.
As you may know I am a new contributor here and I am beyond excited to be a part of Tanya’s fabulous little slice of blog land! I spend most of my bloggy time over at The Happy Housie and love all kinds of decorating, crafting, and DIY projects like this one I am here to share with you today.
We recently undertook some changes to our living room to lighten and brighten it up. Part of that involved switching out our large red TV armoire for a DIY chalk painted dresser turned media console. We loved how much brighter and more open the room felt with this change… but it needed something of interest to hang above it. So along came this little (or actually quite large…) sign! It was quick and easy and is a super effective way to make a bold statement in any room.
Want to try it? You will need:
- reclaimed wood boards… you can also use new boards but we had several pieces of old wood lying around and I wanted the sign to have a rustic, uneven look and old wood works well for this
- wood screws and an electric drill
- smaller pieces of wood to join the boards together from behind (we used some leftover trim)
- some paint for your base coats (and possibly primer). I used DIY chalk paint in two colours… made from (Benjamin Moore’s) Cloud White and Colorado Gray
- Craft paint and a craft paint brushes for the lettering
- a computer printer and printer paper to print off your lettering
- a pencil to help you transfer and then outline your lettering
Start by deciding on a size for your sign and cutting your wood to the appropriate length. Then join the pieces together by screwing smaller pieces of wood to the back of the boards, like this:
We wanted our sign to be fairly long and three boards high, so we attached our three boards together using wood screws from behind. The finished product looked like this:
Once the boards are attached, give it a coat of paint in your base colour. If you aren’t using chalk paint you will likely want to prime your wood first, followed by 1-2 coats of paint. I chose to use some DIY Chalk Paint that I had made from Cloud White because I knew that I wanted to sand my sign down afterwards. I wanted the paint to wear off more easily and to show some wood colour and base coat colour through the top coat. I just used a regular brush with my chalk paint…
here is how it looked mid-base coat:
After the white base coat I followed it with a top coat using DIY Chalk Paint in Colorado Gray. I chose this colour as it is the colour on the walls in our hallway and I wanted to tie the two rooms together.
While your paint is drying you can go to the computer and choose some lettering for your sign.
Decide what you want it to say, choose a font you like, and then print off the appropriate sized lettering for your sign size. Next, I laid out all my lettering to get the right placement and fit. In order to transfer the letters onto the sign itself I turned each letter over, traced over the lines with a pencil (scribbling back and forth), and then flipped the lettering back over and traced over it from the front with the pencil – transferring my scribbled pencil onto the sign itself. This outline of each letter I then used to guide my painting (in effect, this method works in the same way that transfer paper does).
Once the letters were all transferred using my faux transfer paper method, I was ready to fill them in with paint. I used regular old craft paint and two brushes… a smaller one for neat edging and a larger one to fill the letters in with. Once I had all my traced lettering on the sign, I realized I wanted to add some more wording but I decided just to free-hand the bottom line with my own handwriting. You could certainly use the transfer method for all of your lettering if you are not comfortable with free-handing it! I am a bit of an impatient crafter that way sometimes:) I only did one coat of craft paint on my letters but you may need to do two depending on how well your paint covers. Let the lettering dry thoroughly and then give the whole sign a light sanding with high grit sandpaper. I chose to sand a little more ‘forcefully’ around the edges and corners to wear off the paint a little more. I wanted to give it a slightly aged look.
I love how it turned out… the lettering looks slightly worn in spots and I think the whole thing has a vintage feel to it. I love how it perfectly fills up the spot above our new TV console and adds a dramatic hit to that area.
I have two other tutorials using this same pencil-letter-transfer method. Check them out at The Happy Housie (the pictures are the link):