Oh hey there! It’s Monthly DIY Challenge time! In case you’re unfamiliar with our little challenge, here’s the deal: on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, me and my amazingly creative and talented blog friends and I create something based on a common theme and/or material. Sometimes we work with brands and sponsors, sometimes we don’t. Here are some of my fave past challenge project materials: Michaels crates, plumbing pieces, air dry clay, leather, HomeRight spray paint shelters, and Mod Podge, and Sharpies. This month we decided to be budget and environmentally savvy by using reclaimed wood as our material!
Be sure to stick around to the end of the post so you can check out all of my friends’ nifty projects! I had some plywood leftover from my Christmas lighted marquee sign, so I decided to turn it into a pretty little gold/white/black sign for my wall 🙂
DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign Materials
– Piece of scrap plywood – Scissors – Ruler
– Painter’s tape – Acrylic Paint – Paintbrushes
– Black adhesive vinyl – Silhouette CAMEO – Transfer tape
I decided to make my DIY reclaimed wood sign have the same pattern as my IKEA hack side table – I just can’t resist this modern geometric pattern! I started off by making an off-centered X with some painter’s tape.
Using some scissors and my ruler, I started filing in each quadrant of the X with taped triangle shapes. You can experiment with different widths of tape and exposed areas, but for this project, I decided to keep it all pretty even. Repeat for all sectors and you’ll end up with something that looks like this:
Get your paint ready! I used white and gold acrylic paint (are my color choices really such a surprise? 😉 ) and squirted a bit of each on a paper plate. Using a foam pouncer and a regular paintbrush, I filled the exposed areas of my pattern. Both the pouncer and paintbrush work equally well – those were just the brushes I had on hand. When you finish filling in your painted areas you’ll end up with this:
When the paint is mostly dry, remove the tape carefully. Touch up any areas that need a little extra paint. I’m loving how these colors look against the raw wood!
I thought that my DIY reclaimed wood sign needed a little something extra, so I broke out my handy dandy Silhouette CAMEO (seriously my favorite crafting tool EVER) and cut out the phrase “Hello Gorgeous”. If you don’t have a CAMEO, you could always use pre-cut stickers from the craft store!
Once it was all cut, I weeded my design and covered it with some transfer tape. Excuse all the random transfer tape pieces, I had a bunch of leftovers and decided to piece them together instead of using a whole fresh piece of tape. Move to your DIY reclaimed wood sign and press in place using a scraper or old credit card.
Peel back the transfer tape et voilà! A beautiful, modern, boho, chic, hip reclaimed wood sign that looks like it came from a place like Anthropologie, West Elm, or Urban Outfitters!
The pop of gold and bright white paired with the bold black phrase is just so swoon-worthy. I’m SO glad that I saved this scrap bit of plywood from my other project! Totally worth it.
I could add a sawtooth hanger to the back and put it on the wall, but for now I’m loving the way it looks just leaning against the wall. It has a sort of relaxed casual vibe and I’m digging it.
Now that you’ve seen my reclaimed wood project, do you wanna see the rest of them? I bet you do! Just click on a photo below and you’ll be taken to all of my bloggy gal pals’ kick-a wood projects. Go on, get inspired!
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Do you have any wood lying around you could turn into something cool?
Love the stripes, Erica and the “hello gorgeous” is perfect for it!! It is SO you!! Fabulous project, my friend!
Thanks so much, Kendra! I think it’s my new favorite piece of art 🙂
Caaaaaaa-ute, Erica! Great job on those paint lines, my friend. The whole thing turned out adorable! 🙂
Thanks so much, Bre! I’m so glad my lines turned out crisp. It’s my new fave project!