If you’re a more frugal person and aren’t too keen on spending money on home décor, you can always make your own. For instance, this wooden letter sign project, which spells out “family” and boasts a rustic, antique look, is the perfect way to make your family home even more of a home!
Materials and Supplies
- Wooden letters that spell family
- Paintable wallpaper, textured
- Scrap wood
- Mod Podge
- Box cutter
- Large brush, coarse
- Antiquing/staining medium
- Acrylic matte sealer, clear
- Gorilla Glue
- Black paint
- Paint: Dazzling Metallic in Splendid Gold
- Paint: Americana Traditional in Burnt Umber
Directions for a ‘Family’ Wooden Letter Sign
- Start by lining your wooden letters up on any scrap wood large enough and suitable for the project. Then, sand the board down until smooth using an electric sander.
- Unroll the wallpaper onto your work surface face down and place the board on it. Use your box cutter for trimming excess wallpaper.
- Flip the board over to have it face up and apply Mod Podge to the board before pressing the paper onto the Mod Podge, smoothing it down with your hand until even.
- To be safe, let your board dry out for a few hours before painting the wallpaper with the Americana Traditional Burnt Umber paint. After painting, take your coarse brush and dry-brush excess paint off. Set the board to the side for drying while you work on your letters.
- To create a bronze look for the letters, mix Dazzling Metallic in Splendid Gold with some of the Burnt Umber paint and add some antiquing/staining medium. It may help to use a jar for mixing since you’ll need a lot to cover the letters.
- Use some sandpaper for smoothing the letters’ edges, and then paint every letter with a layer of your mixed paint. Set the letters to the side to dry.
- Mix some of the Burnt Umber with some antiquing medium and black paint. With a light dry-brushing technique, sweep your large brush over specific areas on the board if you feel they need further depth.
- After the paint has dried, flip the board over and trim as much excess off as possible.
- To have around ¼″ of the board showing around the edges, trim back what wallpaper you can with your box cutter. If some of the wallpaper doesn’t come off, use your sander until the unpainted edges are smooth.
- To finish the board off, flip it over and nail a thick strand of twine onto the back. Cover the nails using a felt square and Gorilla Glue in order to protect the wall.
- If you want to add something extra for the letters, mix one part black paint, two parts Burnt Umber, and some antiquing medium to change the letters’ look up a bit.
- Use the Gorilla Glue to attach your letters onto the board. Once dry, add on several coats of clear acrylic matte sealer. From there, your “family” sign is ready to go!
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