I’m am just falling in love with how our three season porch is coming along. Slowly but surely it is beginning to feel like a breezy island getaway from the hectic world we live in. There is a lot of empty wall space that I can’t stand being bare. I really couldn’t find anything that I was looking for in a store so being an in-the-now type of person, I started brainstorming. I wanted to tackle a project that was almost free just to see where my imagination would take me. I did it, and it turned out great. I have had so many compliments from these sign and I’m so happy that I didn’t have to open my wallet. Keep reading for instructions.
- Old or re-claimed wood
- 1 inch piece of wood (I used trim)
- 1/2 inch screws
- Paint pens
- Rope (or whatever you like to use to hang up)
I still had some leftover wood that I used for my nautical sign. There were a couple of pieces with straight edges that fit together pretty well. The boards looked pretty weathered which was the exact look I was trying to achieve and ended up finding 5 pieces of board that strangely just fit together.
If you are using reclaimed wood, you will need to scrape off any paint and sand, sand, sand. Start with an 80 grit sandpaper. I love this one, you can purchase it Lowes. Make sure you sand all of the edges, corners and sides of each piece of wood. If you have uneven pieces like mine, keep them in the order that you arranged them to insure they still fit nicely. Next you need to paint them, unless you like the finish of your wood. I used some white spray paint we keep around, but it’s your choice what paint you prefer. Once you’re happy with the surface of your boards it’s time to put them together.
Take a 1 inch piece of wood, I used a long strip of trim, and cut into three pieces measuring to the height of your boards when they are put together. Place the one strip directly in the center of the boards, and the other two on either side. You may have to adjust the length of screws based on the thickness of your board. I used 1/2 inch screws, they were the perfect length. Screw into the back of every piece of board on each piece of trim. *(See step 4)
Now it’s time to transfer your image onto your boards. If you are an amazing drawer, I am very jealous of you, but if you’re like me, you will need to find an image that you like. I obviously wanted a ship wheel to keep with the nautical theme of the room, but this would work with any image you like. If you’re not sure how to print a large image be sure you check out these super easy instructions. Tape your image together and place it where you want it on the boards. Use a bright colored piece of chalk and color all over the back of your image. Using a ball point pen, trace over the image. Press down quite a bit when you’re tracing to get the image to “transfer”.
Use a paint pen in whatever color you want your finished picture to be. I love, love paint pens so much. If you’ve never used them, you are really missing out. There are a ton of brands who sell them with a full range of colors; I find all of mine at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I traced my image first and filled it in twice for double coverage.
After the paint is dry you can hang it up. There are so many options for hanging pictures and signs. I was proud of myself for using re-claimed wood and wanted to follow that theme with using something I had around the house. I had some random craft cord that I used, I didn’t think I would like it, but it turned out looking pretty neat. *Now if I would have thought about hanging the sign before I started, I would have attached the rope before I screwed the trim into the boards. Luckily, my boards had large enough gaps that I could pull the cord through to make a knot. If I would have attached the rope before screwing on the trim, I would have tied it to the two outer pieces of trim, instead of just the middle one.
That’s it, you’re all finished. Just hammer a nail into the wall and hang. Now you can display a custom piece of art that you designed yourself, and if you didn’t have to buy supplies, then it was basically free.