GUEST BLOGGER HOME FOR HIRE

Hello!  I’m Nicole from Home for Hire and I am so thrilled to be guest posting at Restore Interiors. I’m always inspired by what Kelli creates/restores, so it is truly an honor to be guest!

Over at Home for Hire, I chat about restoring furniture, DIY projects, upcycling thrift store finds, recipes, my etsy store Dulcitas, our crazy dog, and how to make our rental “work for us.” When I’m not running around in painting clothes, I enjoy spending time with my hubby, working with students at a local community college, and enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend.  


Today, I’m going to share a simple tutorial for creating an upcycled wood sign. For a while, I had been inspired by this wood plank headboard and knew that I wanted to try making my own version.  You can check out the original post over at House*Tweaking.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of extra dough for me to run around and try all sorts of projects, so I was on the hunt for some old boards.  One day, while walking Mac the dog, I noticed that someone had taken down their fence and had put the old fence pieces on the side of the road.  After work (while in heels!), I snatched a few pieces (probably looking like a crazy person!) and took them home.


After sawing, staining, screwing, whitewashing, painting, and sealing, here’s the final product:



 

Here’s how I did it and spent $.59.  Almost free (which makes everything more fun!)


1. Find old wood.  If you can’t find any, buy some wood planks.  I think that this technique would still work on new wood!  If you can, look super cool and snatch it up while wearing heels and hoop earrings!

2. Measure your wood and think about what size you’d like your sign to be.  I measured the wall to figure out what size would be proportionate.



 
3. Take a picture of your dog laying on the wood.  He likes being involved!


 


 

4. Have your manly hubby (or someone who knows how to properly cut wood) cut the wood.


 


5. Use two planks (also cut to size) on the back to keep the pieces together.  I used screws to attach it together and then glued the seams.


 


6. I used a dark stain (Minax Jacobean) that I had left over from our kitchen table redo.  I slathered it on unevenly and then rubbed it into the wood with a clean cloth.  If I had used untreated wood (or brand new wood), I probably would have tried using several different shades of stain to create the uneven and differently faded wood.

7. Right after applying the stain, I used a mixture of flat white latex paint and water to create the whitewashed look.  As you can see in the above photo, I wasn’t too particular and just slathered in on.  After painting the plank, I would go back over it and rub the paint into the wood with a dry cloth.  You can see how different the stained planks look compared to the stained and whitewashed planks!


 


 

8. Give it some time to dry and then whip out the color that you are going to use to paint the letters (or whatever you decide to put on it!)

9. Using chalk, draw/write the design.  This makes it easy to fix it until you get it how you want it!  You may want to use a marker/pencil to draw over the design once you have it how you like it–that way, it won’t get smudged up!

10. Paint!

11. To make it a little more worn looking, give it a good sanding and let the wood show through.


 


 

 

 
12. I finished off my sign with a light coat of Polycrylic.  Since it would be inside, I wanted to make sure that it would stay together and sealed up…in other words, I didn’t want splinters in my head if I ran into it!

That’s it!

Cost:

Wood: FREE

Stain: FREE

White Paint: FREE

Yellow Paint: $.59 (the BIG investment)

Sealer: FREE

                                    I can’t wait to get it up on the wall and see it in all its glory!


 
Thank you Kelli for letting me share my sign!

 Well, you are welcome! Thank you for Sharing it! I love a good free piece of art and I love this project. You could use any word that would fit your family and play around with the colors as well.  I need one that says Simplify. Actually…… it may be better just to nail THAT one to my head.

 
Thanks again Nicole!

 

Comments

  1. I think this is fabulous!! Great sign!
    And lovely tutorial! Thanks
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  2. I think this is fabulous!! Great sign!
    And lovely tutorial! Thanks
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  3. This looks wonderful! I love the wood and the color of the paint!
    Debbie

  4. This looks wonderful! I love the wood and the color of the paint!
    Debbie

  5. Too cute! I actually pulled off the highway last week to pick up a load of boards that a client saw and emailed me to tell me they were there for the taking. I love free wood. Funny thing was, I was in skirt and heels, and a nice man pulled over to help me, thinking the wood had fallen out of my car. When I explained what I was doing, and why I use it in my work, he looked at me like I was a crazy cheap lady. But he did help with all the wood! Love this idea. Great work!

  6. Too cute! I actually pulled off the highway last week to pick up a load of boards that a client saw and emailed me to tell me they were there for the taking. I love free wood. Funny thing was, I was in skirt and heels, and a nice man pulled over to help me, thinking the wood had fallen out of my car. When I explained what I was doing, and why I use it in my work, he looked at me like I was a crazy cheap lady. But he did help with all the wood! Love this idea. Great work!

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