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Thursday, December 8, 2011

{merriment & peace...planked sign}

Every time my husband and I start talking about another piece of furniture we are going to make, he says..."let me guess, you want it planked." To which I respond in the affirmative.  :) I just love planking, and I think every piece we've done in the past six or seven years has included it in some form or another.  With that, it's no surprise that I adore planked signs too, and they have been on my list for a long time.  I finally bought all the wood, and completed the first of several I'm planning to make.  

With Christmas on the horizon, I knew I wanted to make one for my mantel, and I also knew exactly what I wanted it to say.  A few months ago my mom sent me the most darling Christmas quote, and I thought it would be perfect for this project.

I love it!!  

Here's how I did it...

  • 1x6 boards, cut to size
  • spray paint
  • wood glue
  • clamps
  • staple/nail gun
  • thin 1/4 inch wood
  • vinyl or other stencil

Decide how tall you want your sign to be, and how many boards you want to use.  This sign was going on my mantel, and I knew I wanted it to be three boards high.  Cut your boards to length--mine is 42 inches long.

 Glue your boards together using wood glue, then clamp them on the edges to dry.

 Once the glue is completely dry, remove the clamps.  For the wood braces on the back, I like using really thin wood--1/4 inch--for a couple of reasons.  First of all, it lessens the weight of the board. It also looks better on a wall, since a thin wood isn't going to stick out as much as a thicker one.  You'll need three strips of the wood, then use a staple gun to attach them to the back.

Now here is where you can do whatever you like!  I knew I wanted it painted and distressed, and I did that by using a technique involving several layers of paint. I painted the entire board cream (Rustoleum's Heirloom White), let it dry completely, then lightly sanded it. Next came a layer of brown (Rustoleum's Espresso), and after it was dry I sanded it down really well.  The final layer was the cream again.  Once it was dry, I sanded it for the final time, and the brown showed through, making it look all weathered and lovely.

I decided to stencil the lettering on, instead of using vinyl, so I could sand it make it look a little weathered.  I cut out the lettering (fonts = century gothic, the ampersand is my own topher) with my Silhouette, but I actually used white contact paper instead of vinyl.  It's 18 inches wide, so I just cut it in half so it will fit in the machine.  I do this to save my vinyl, since I'm only using the negative space and then throwing it away.  

I separated some of the letters to make it easier to apply to the wood, and to make sure it didn't crinkle.  Once they were all on, I applied red paint and let it dry.  It took two coats to get it the thickness I liked.  Once it was dry, I lightly sanded it. Be careful on this part--the paint will come off fast!

Ta-da!  A darling planked sign!!!

My mom wanted a small one for her mantel, and wanted to use a fancier font (Edwardian script).  I love it too!

Merriment & Peace to all of you!

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Blogger Tracy-CraftJunkieToo said...

Awesome as always.....:)

December 8, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

contact paper!!! That is brilliant and saves the vinyl. The sign is great too.

December 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oh, So darling! I love the planked look too!! I want to try this. Thanks so much for sharing Kierste!

December 8, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

This is adorable! Thanks for sharing - found you through the girl creative (co-hosting with her this week) and am your newest follower :)

December 8, 2011 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I am a new follower as well! I love your ideas and your furniture skills! The steps on planking will def help.. My first project is to build a coffee table from old windows. It's on my blog I would love your feed back since you have much more experience.

December 9, 2011 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Love this idea! I can't wait to think up different sayings to use.

January 7, 2012 at 1:31 AM  

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