Patriotic Name Sign

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!!