When moved into our house there were a couple of horribly built raised garden beds, so the first thing I did was rip them out. This piece of wood was one of the pieces I pulled out. From the looks of this, the people who built the raised bed didn’t treat it for being outside, so it was starting to deteriorate.
As a DIY Junkie I see the potential in every old piece of wood. To my husband this is just firewood LOL! But after cleaning it up I realized it was perfect for a name sign. This was one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done.
The first thing I did was pressure wash it and let it dry. Once it was dry, I gave it a very light coat of Krylon Almond Satin ColorMaster spray paint. When I say a light coat, I mean a very light coat. I didn’t want to cover up the character of the piece of wood, butt wanted to give it a little bit of a distressed color to it.
While the paint was drying, it was time to decide exactly what I was going to do with it. That’s when it hit me, a name sign. One of my dear friends had been over the night before admiring my American Flag pallet sign so I decided to make her a patriotic name sign for her front porch.
I still had my star stencils from my flag pallet project, so I started with the large stars at each end of the board and added the stripe outlines. To paint them I just used Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paint, its easy to apply and dries relatively quick.
Once I had the stars and stripes painted I measured how much room I had for each letter in their last name. I don’t have a machine to create stencils so I used the pencil shading method to transfer the letter to the wood. When I was finished with painting the name on, I felt like it needed more.
To finish this piece off, I decided to add a few smaller stars between the letters in their name. I love how this turned out and it was really simple. I think it only took me about 2 hours total to complete this project.
If you do this project, I would love to see pictures!!