One of the number one questions I get with regard to home decorating is, “What should I hang on my walls?” My answer is 100% always the same, you should design your home with things that are meaningful to you. And this project is one that is sure to do that because you get to decide and create whatever it says!
Recently, I decided I wanted to incorporate mine and The Hubby’s marriage vows to be some of our “meaningful” pieces to place all around the house. Obviously, given there were 200+ words in our vows, this is not going to be one project…but rather a series of different projects in various mediums with one or two sentences from our vows. Cute, huh? Even better, The Hubby really likes the idea as well. Win, win!!!
Since we are in the process of renovating my office and craft room, I found 3 pieces of old wood paneling that were similar in size and perfect for what I wanted to write. If you want to try this project, you don’t need three pieces, you could just use one, or two or more if you like. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t have wood just lying around the house like I do, you can go buy some at your local home improvement store or even better, go to a restore like Habitat For Humanity where you can find used pieces of wood that have a lot of character already. Or, if you know of a home near you that’s under renovation, drop by and see if they have anything you could take. You’d be surprised what people will just GIVE you.
Sand paper and/or power sander
Black ultra fine point Sharpie
Step 1: Sand your panel(s)
Step 2: Give the panels a coat of spray paint. I chose gray, but you could do brown or white or black or even different colors. Again, the possibilities are endless.
Step 3: Tracing your letter stencils onto the wood panels is the most time consuming part of this project. If you have a projector, there’s a really easy way though. All you need to do is hang your wood panel on a wall and project your chosen font onto the panel. Then simply trace the letters as they are projected. If you don’t have a projector, then like me…you’ll need to print your desired font and cut your own stencils. It’s a bit of work, but totally worth it. The other option is to buy stencils, but I hate doing that 😉
Step 4: Once you’ve traced your letters out onto the board, paint the letters with your desired color of acrylic paint.
Step 5: Since I chose white acrylic paint, I decided to outline the letters using a thin black Sharpie to make the letters pop a little more.
Step 6: Once the paint is dry, take a sanding sponge and give the outside edges and surface of the panel a few sands to give it a bit of a worn look.
Step 7: Then complete with a clear coat spray of varnish.
And there you have it. You’ve created something pretty to decorate with that is meaningful to you. FYI…I don’t think I’m going to keep these here on the window. I think they’ll look best hanging on a wall either above the window or somewhere else. I just didn’t have time to hang them before this tutorial.
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