DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

DIY Welcome Sign

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.


Materials:

Wooden Board
Wood Stain (Or I actually used brown watercolor paint)
Paint
Paint Brushes
Sandpaper (Fine Grit)
Hanging Hardware
Hammer
Printed Font


DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

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.

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

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!)

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

Once the paint had dried, I used a fine grit sandpaper to antique the edges of my board.

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

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.

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

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.

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

You can see in the photo below how the ballpoint pen leaves a slight indentation in the paint.

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

Using this indentation as a guide, I painted the lettering.

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

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.)

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

Welcome to my home (that no longer has an empty entryway wall)!

DIY Welcome Sign, wooden signs

 

 

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