2. Once I have the saying I want to use, I go to my online design tool and get inspired. I plug in words, play with fonts and sizing and when I'm happy with the result, I print it to size.
1. If I'm using a basic short saying, I may use stencils to place the letters and outline them with a pencil. The more intricate fonts and designs I create online get transferred to the wood using wax-free tracing paper I get from the notions isle in the sewing store.
2. Adding color is when the pieces gain character. I use latex house paint on larger areas and paint pens and markers in the smaller spaces.
2. As with all reclaimed wood, it needs a quick cleaning. I brush mine off with a firm brush and wipe it down with a damp cloth.
5. Just before I add my 3-D charm to each piece, I spray a sealant on the face of the wood to set the colors.
3. Some letters need some depth and I add shadowing to the font.
1. First you have to acquire the wood to repurpose. I'm lucky to have a husband who owns a business which receives deliveries on pallets frequently.
4. Distressing comes next. Sanding lightly in some areas and firmer in others gives a worn look to the piece. I stain the piece with one or two coats of a medium tone wood stain to add to the weathered feel.
3. Now it's time to sand all six surfaces of the wood. I start with a 60 or 80 grit sandpaper and finish with a 100 grit.
Sometimes it's free-handed, sometimes I stencil, other times I trace designs I've created using an online design tool.
4 & 5.
1. Some of the sayings and quotes come to me naturally. More often than not, I'm researching the web to find some zingers.
4. Cut to length and assemble with a nail gun being sure the nails do not stick out the front side.