I’ve been meaning to decorate a wall in my entryway for years, and I am finally getting around to doing it. And of course, what entryway is complete without a ‘welcome’ sign? I had some extra wood laying around from a project I had completed earlier, so I decided to make my own sign.
Wood Stain (Or I actually used brown watercolor paint)
Sandpaper (Fine Grit)
The first step is to stain your wood if you wish. Now, normally I would just stain the wood using regular wood stain, however I wanted to cut corners. Since I knew the stain was only going to show through the antiqued areas of my sign (and I wanted the sign to dry fast), I thought I might try brown watercolor paint to ‘stain’ my wood. It actually ended up working out better than I pictured.
Next, I wanted to paint my wood an antique white. I didn’t have any antique white paint on hand, so I just mixed a bit of yellow paint with regular white paint. (All of the color on this paint tray is old dried up paint, I’m lazy-no worries!)
Once the paint had dried, I used a fine grit sandpaper to antique the edges of my board.
I wanted my lettering to look printed, so I decided I should used a guide. I knew I wanted a cursive font that wasn’t too girly or bubbly, so I landed on Lucida Handwriting. I printed my ‘welcome’ lettering over 3 pages of printer paper and taped them together.
Once I had placed the lettering where I wanted it on the board, I pressed into the paint around the edges of the letters using a ballpoint pen.
You can see in the photo below how the ballpoint pen leaves a slight indentation in the paint.
Using this indentation as a guide, I painted the lettering.
Once the sign was completely dry, I applied the hanging hardware to the back. (Haha, I always use this old rug that my dogs have chewed up to protect my tables when hammering, etc.)
Welcome to my home (that no longer has an empty entryway wall)!