Hello, I’m back again with another post. Getting a lot accomplished in the new year! I had several days off from work and completed many projects on my list – DIY sofa table, clearing out space in the garage for Joe’s new riding lawn mower, a third dining shelf, and this awesome DIY sign!
I have been wanting one of these FOREVER! I see them all over Pinterest and knew I would have the perfect spot once I got my third shelf. On a previous trip to Lowe’s, I walked the aisles looking for the lightest piece of wood. We have plenty of scrap wood at home, but it’s all very heavy. I wanted this sign to be big and didn’t feel comfortable hanging something so heavy. I found this piece that is actually a riser, in the molding section. It was only $6 and for its size, it’s very light.
First I stained it with Minwax Special Walnut. While it was drying, I went to my computer and using Microsoft Word, I picked a font and size that fit best on a standard sheet of paper. Luckily I got the sizing right on the first try.
My original plan was to cut out the letters and use them as a stencil to hand paint the wording onto the sign. Because my printer decided to work that day (sometimes I can’t even get it to print a coupon barcode correctly), I thought I would try to just use the letters as is. At this point I was wishing I had one of those fancy vinyl machines, but hey I get by, haha.
Using mod podge I glued down all the letters and let it dry. Then, I added another coat of stain, some gray paint, and did a little distressing with a sanding block and steel wool.