I started brainstorming what I could make. I began by cutting down a couple of 1x6s and attaching them with plywood strips and wood glue. I left bricks on overnight as the glue set.
To make it extra secure I also put some nails in from the front once the glue dried.
Once I had my "canvas" I was ready to paint! I began with a rough coat of espresso.
I also applied a rough coat of silver and then topped it with two coats of white.
After sanding the whole piece to pull out the darker colors I printed out the word "hello" on some computer paper. It's simple and cute and just perfect for that spot at the bottom of the stairs.
I used a ballpoint pen to make an impression in the wood.
Next, I held up my phone flashlight so that I could see the impression of each letter and outlined them in pencil before filling them in with a small paintbrush.
I attached a couple of saw tooth picture hangers to the back, added some small screws to each board on the back to reinforce them to the plywood strips a little more and viola!
I love how much the word pops at the bottom but am wondering if I should add some sort of wreath on the top portion or just leave it as it is. Hmmmm decisions, decisions...
I also sanded down the letters to make them look worn to match the rest of the wood.
It's big and dramatic just like I wanted!
That table was a recent DIY build that I promise to share with you all soon. :)
By the way! In case you didn't already know, it's extremely frustrating to take photographs in a basement with limited natural light!
Since I already had the paint and picture hangers I only spent $15 on this beauty which was the cost of wood. If you happen to have some wood scraps laying around, or a pallet this could be made for free.
Have a great day everyone--we're almost to the weekend!
Linking up to these awesome parties!