So I had this wacky idea recently.
You know those gorgeous signs that are EVERYWHERE these days? They’re thin white painted wood (I’m guessing?!) bordered with a thin piece of stained wood? Kinda like my Be Our Guest sign that’s in my basement:
Well, I’ve seen them in stores. I’ve seen them online. They are NOT in the ND’s budget. I mean, I found this one in a local shop a while back, and it was soooo amazing – and it was $400. I kid you not. Granted, it was a huge sign, but WOWSERS.
But I got to thinking last week about how I could make one. A long rectangular sign above my TV in the master bedroom would look awesome. Then I had this MAJOR aha moment – you know the cheap plywood I use for my plank walls? It’s a 4×8 piece of wood for about $11. What if I cut a 12 inch piece instead of 6 inch ones like I always do for the planks…so I hit up Home Depot and they did it for me (I need more planks for more walls anyway, so I had the sweetheart who was helping me cut 6 inch pieces with the rest of the sheet). I could paint it white…now, for the border…
I went walking around the wood/trim department and spotted this 1in x 1in x 8ft unfinished wood. If I stained it, and cut it, and glued it to the border of the white painted plywood plank…are you following?
And maybe – just maybe I could try freehanding some fancy lettering with a cute quote…hmmmm, this just might work!
So I had my plywood and cut it (using just a handsaw) about 4 ft, 4 inches long. I knew I wanted a piece 4 feet, 6 inches long for above the tv, and the border would add an inch on each side:
I used some white craft paint and slapped on a couple quick coats.
Now, for the words…I looked online at a zillion signs, to try and figure out how they made those fancy pretty letters. And practiced a few hundred (only slight exaggeration) times until I thought maybe I could pull it off. I practiced on paper, and once I was happy, I cut everything out and made sure I had the right spacing/sizing:
(You can see the unfinished wood trim in this pic)
Then, I traced the words very hard with a pen, to make an indentation on the wood.
And went over the indentation with a Sharpie marker:
Then went over everything with a thicker marker, once I felt I hadn’t completely blown it and might actually have a chance at pulling this off!
And just kept going…
When I was done that part, I got my border pieces out. (oops sorry, I meant to say I stained them with Minwax Special Walnut while this was all happening).
I measured and marked a line where to cut my wood, and used the same little handsaw to cut those pieces.
I wasn’t worried about mitering the corners or anything, because so many of these signs have that rustic charm of wood that’s imperfect and not mitered.
I used wood glue and just applied a thin layer all along the edges of the plywood, like a kid doing a craft project – nothing complicated – though I did wipe down the excess. Once that was done, I grabbed every heavy thing in my house to secure the wood in place while it dried!
Hahahaha – hey, it worked! 😉
Several hours later, I removed all the heavy items, held my breath, and was SHOCKED that this was ACTUALLY WORKING!!??
This morning I decided to take a piece of sandpaper and rough it up a bit. I was on the fence, but I decided, 99 times out of 100, when I’m on the fence about sanding, it always ends up looking better sanded. I’m glad I did with this – it adds to the charm.
Ready to see my fakeout expensive sign?!!
Here she is!
In case you’re wondering about the quote…I did a google search for marriage quotes and found this one:
“I choose you. And I’ll choose you over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you.”
So yeah, ummm, have no idea why I started writing:
“I choose you. And I’ll keep choosing you. Over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, without hesistation (!?!). I’ll keep choosing you.”
So somehow my mind told my hand those were the words to write – and I didn’t realize it until I was 100% done – I was bummed I messed up at first, but then I thought, it’s pretty much the same thing, right?! And now I can say this is a Liz original – lol!
I just thought it was a beautiful saying for a bedroom. For the room my husband and I share. We can wake up each day, and see it, and smile.
As you can see, I have yet to hang it (hoping maybe tonight) and can’t wait to show it to you in it’s place in the reveal (getting close!!!). It’s not perfect, and there are plenty of letters I messed up, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with it. Especially the price tag- it cost less than $20 to make. I’ll take it!