As you all know, I am frequently visiting my local thrift store to find gems that will fit into my next DIY project. I recently found a 13 x 15 picture frame that I thought would make a perfect last name sign for my sister. My sister loves gray tones, so that will be the foundation for the design of the sign.
- Paint brushes
- Measuring tape
- Electric saw
- Reclaimed wood stakes/boards
- Pewter gray paint
- Black paint
- White paint
- Chalk paint additive
- Finishing nails
- 7/64 drill bit
- Wood glue
- Printer paper
- Clear sealant spray
Step 1. Remove the back and picture of the frame
The idea here is that you are going to add multiple pieces of painted wood within this frame, so you need to remove the back of the frame and the picture inside the frame. Remove the glass inside of the frame as well.
Step 2. Paint the frame
Mix your pewter gray paint with your chalk paint additive at a 50/50 ratio. Using the mixture, paint the entire frame, front and back. It may take more than one coat of paint to completely cover the frame. Allow to dry completely.
Step 3. Cut reclaimed wood to size and sand it down
First, measure the height and width of the frame. These dimensions will be used to cut your reclaimed wood to size. Using the height measurement, cut your pieces of reclaimed wood to size. Sand down the wood to get rid of any splinters or loose pieces of wood.
Step 4. Paint your reclaimed wood
For this project, I chose to use gray tones because my sister loves gray. I use pewter gray as the base of all the paints stop. I added black to make darker tones and white to make lighter tones. I also added some variety by painting pewter gray as the undercoat and dry brushing on either white or the darker gray as a top coat. Mix and match to fit your style. Allow to dry completely.
Step 5. Attach the reclaimed wood to the frame
This frame happened to not be deep enough for the reclaimed wood to fit snugly in with just wood glue, so I decided to secure the wood with some finishing nails. I pre-drilled holes into the frame and placed the finishing nail head first into the hole. Spread on some wood glue and then gently hammered in the reclaimed wood on to the nail securing it to the frame. I repeated this from both sides until the center piece could be put into the frame to secure all the wood pieces together.
Step 6. Print and trace the last name for the sign
Using a very large font (it might take multiple sheets of paper) print off your last name in the style that you desire. Once you have it printed, center it on the reclaimed wood sign. Using a pen, trace over the letters, using enough pressure to leave an indentation in the wood. Because I used gray tones for the sign, it was hard to see the indentations from the pen, so I traced over the indentations with a pencil to make it more visible.
Step 7. Paint the letters
Using a smaller paintbrush, paint over the letters you previously traced. For this sign, I used two coats of paint. This will give the letters a bolder look. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Step 8. Spray with clear sealant spray
I usually finish my reclaimed wood projects by using a clear sealant spray to protect and increase the longevity of the sign. Allow the sealant to dry.