It has been a busy week around here. With summer fast approaching we are trying to get out and do some camping. The week nights are crazy with trailer prep and keeping everything else in order, so I haven’t had much time to get into my garage and paint or cut any wood. 🙁
Don’t get me wrong, I love to go camping – I just find the pre-camping prep a lot of work now that I am working full time. I only have the evenings to gather everything, get groceries, do last minute laundry and get my stuff together. My husband is a great help with this stuff but he is more of a last minute kind of guy, where I like to organize everything a week ahead (somehow I still feel rushed regardless!). No matter how long it takes to get ready, camping is worth it once you get out there. So peaceful and relaxing.
So, this week I want to describe a quick project I did for my window seat reveal. A super simple DIY farmhouse sign.
I had all the supplies from other projects so this really cost me nothing to make and turned out so cute.
1/4″ hard board – from my window bench
1 x 2 boards – lying around from an unknown project
Finishing nails – from the shiplap on the window seat
Wood glue – always have around
White Rust-Oleum flat spray paint – bought a while ago to spray paint some vases, but I ended up spraying anything that wasn’t moving. Seriously. My kids were scared to stay still for any length of time.
Black acrylic paint – stole from my youngest daughter’s art supplies -Shhh… don’t tell her.
I started by cutting the hardboard down to size.
Mine measured 8 1/4″ x 39 3/4″
The 1 x 2’s were cut to 9″ and 39 1/2″ lengths
I used my table saw with the blade low enough to cut into the wood but not all the way through so that I was able to slide the hardboard in and have a slightly raised border around the sign. (Just line up your blade with the edge of the piece of wood and adjust it to the height you like.) I had to run it through twice to make the recess wide enough for the board to fit.
As you can see in the photo above, there was a thin sliver of wood that I had to remove.
Using a small screwdriver was all it took to pop out that sliver of a piece. (This is a lesson on figuring out how to do things with the tools you have on hand.) 🙂 Way to go me.
I spray painted the hardboard white (not too thick). I love that you can see the wood grain through it. (Not in this poor blue tint photo, of course, but trust me… it’s there.)
The letters were applied using my printer, graphite and black acrylic paint. You can find a great tutorial on this here at Christy’s blog – Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer. (Great blog BTW)
I painted the frame using the same black acrylic and put it together using wood glue and finishing nails.
Voila, there you have it – a super simple little sign for my window seat.
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Be sure to Pin it for later.
Are you making a sign? Send me pic’s – I’d love to see what you have done.
If you haven’t already be sure to check out my new window seat post.
And if you like crafting check out my book box turned storage chest.