It's a pretty fabulous blog I follow and I recommend it to you as well. This sign is made in reverse: meaning, the background is painted and the words are stained. And I knew I could make it on the "cheaps". (Sorry for the lack of photos for this tutorial. I was super-excited to get it done that I forgot the damned camera).
Here's how I did it: First I decided how long and tall I wanted the sign to be. Then I opened a Word document and typed in "Be Awesome Today" and tested many different fonts before settling down with Travel Diary, free from the Dafont website.
I enlarged it until it fit the area on which I want the sign (about 6'). **Before printing your finished font onto paper, change your font to "outline". This will save you LOADS of ink/toner.** Of course, if you have a Silhouette or Cricut machine, your method will be different and easier. This is for the lot of us who
After you have your paper printed, you need a sign to put it on. I love to use strapping or furring strips when I can and this is the perfect project. Each piece is about $1.50, so I made my sign for about $8. This kind of wood is very rough and perfect for a sign when trying to achieve that "beat up" or "aged" look.
I cut the wood to the proper length then simply placed the strips side-by-side until I achieved the correct width. Then I took smaller pieces of furring strips and glued and nails them into the boards to brace the sign. I sanded down the rough parts and now it's ready for stain.
(Here's where I forget the rest of the photos, ack!!)
I grabbed some stain and covered the whole front and even around the edges including my braces (just in case you see them when it is mounted on the wall. After the stain is dry, I took my Be Awesome Today sheets, and centered them on my sign. After liking the placement, I held each one in place while I took a pen and traced over each letter with a heavy hand. This method should produce an indentation in the wood. It will work on these furring strips because they are made of pine and pine is generally a soft wood. I kept peeking under the paper to make sure there was indeed indentations (oh, I made an alliteration).
I decided on a bright color for the sign as I wanted a little *pop* in our living room. I had one of Martha Stewart's sample bottles called Sultana (purchased at Home Depot), and it fit the bill. I poured a little in a 3oz Dixie cup and grabbed my flat shader artist paint brush. I then traced around the letter indentations with the paint. Of course this took a lot of time, but it's the kind of work I find soothing (I know, weird). I had the sign on my lap,
|Loving the look of the wood grain|
|Holy clutter in the kitchen Batman!|
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