First, let’s start off with… Way to go Denver! Umm, really I don’t follow football…at all. I just really like the Super Bowl party that we’ve been going to every year and seeing my friends, and I like half time, and let’s not forget about the Super Bowl food! Yep, that just about sums up my interest in football!
So, what I really do like at the moment is making and designing DIY wood signs. This past Christmas I made the Believe sign. The year before that I made the Christmas Countdown Sign. (Still my favorite) I am already thinking about the sign I want to make for next Christmas!
I wanted to design a wood sign with our house number on it. I have seen a few of these floating around on Pinterest but I wanted mine to look similar to a chalkboard. So, this is what I came up with over the weekend.
Making these signs are so easy and inexpensive. I used left over wood in the garage. However, I did pick up more stain and an extra trim piece at Home Depot.
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The first thing I did was trim my wood to the size I wanted. I needed mine to be kind of small so it would fit within my shelves. Once I got set up and went to start the circular saw, it wouldn’t start. Talk about being frustrated! It was freezing cold outside, I got everything ready, plugged the saw in and nothing! I knew at this point to just put everything away and start again another day because I tend to get sloppy when I am frustrated. I ended up buying the Ryobi battery Circular Saw. I really like it. For one, it is so much lighter than the saw we had, plus the Ryobi battery pack it uses is the same one that I have for my Ryobi brad nailer. I find all of their products very easy to use.
So once the cut was made, on the board for the actual sign, I found a can of white paint left over from previous projects. I painted the board with two quick coats and let it dry overnight. The next day I used my Cricut cutter and cut the letters and numbers needed. I used the chalkboard font for the letters. I am not crazy about the font but I let Gman pick it out and he loves it so, I am fine with it. It is actually beginning to grow on me a bit. The numbers were already loaded onto the Cricut so I used those rather than the chalkboard font. I wanted the numbers to be a bit more precise if that makes sense. Again, if you do not have a Cricut, you can used vinyl stickers from Michaels, stencils or free hand.
Once the letters and numbers were added to my board, I painted over the entire board with a flat black paint. While that was drying, I made the cuts to my frame pieces. My husband tells me to measure twice and cut once. I measure about 10 times and cut twice as much as that. Sometimes I can make the simplest things the hardest! When I finally got the correct cuts, I stained the wood pieces with MinWax in Jacobean.
When everything was dry, I peeled the vinyl letters off the board. I gave it a light sanding to make the black paint look like a chalkboard. Some of the white paint is popping through which helps give it the look of a wiped off chalkboard. Lastly, I attached the stained wood trim with my ryobi brad nailer
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY Wood Sign tutorial.
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