DIY Wood Sign

Feb 9, 2015

In between writing on The Simply Inspired and working on projects, I follow a ton of other DIY, home improvement and interior design blogs. One such blog, AKA Design (also a Canadian blogger) posted a special date wood sign project a few weeks ago which I thought would be an easy decor project to add to our home. Instead of using a special date, I choose some other numbers that represent something important to both Nick and me - the coordinates for our hometown, St. John's, NL.
Materials for this project:
  • A piece of wood (mine is about 1/2" thick)
  • Dark wood stain
  • Sponge brush for applying stain (can get these at Dollarama)
  • White paint (I used acrylic craft paint)
  • Small paint brush
  • 2 sawtooth hooks
  • Pencil

Instructions:
  • Stain wood using sponge brush, let dry overnight
  • Determine what you would like to write on the sign (anniversary date, child's birthday, date of your first date, street you live on...whatever you like!), you can either use a stencil, or free hand like I did, and write on the wood using pencil first.
  • Trace over your pencil or fill in the stencil with white paint
  • Let the paint dry, then attach the sawtooth hooks to the back, placing each about 1/4 of the way in from each edge.
It doesn't get any easier than that!  



We've positioned our sign above the french doors leading from the dining room into the living room. I love the look of the rustic stained wood against the crisp white wall. Adding personal touches like this DIY Wood Sign really contributes to creating a home full of our individual personalities and preferences.

A few other ideas for wood signs:
  • Paint the wood using chalkboard paint so you can switch up the message on the sign as you please
  • Hang the wood vertically and paint it like a meter stick to measure the heights of your children as they grow
  • Opt to create a pattern instead of using numbers or words by taping off a pattern on the wood then staining over the tape. When you remove the tape your pattern will be displayed by the contrast of the light pre-stained wood and the darker, stained wood.

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