Nov 14, 2012

Lowcountry Sign


I've had this idea in my head for ages and finally got around to it!  



How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady

I knew I wanted something wide to hang above our french doors and I've liked several signs I've seen on various blogs and Pinterest.  One that I particularly love is the Grocery sign hung in the kitchen in Sarah's Cottage.



Sarah Richardson Design




Here's how I made mine:


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
Gathered supplies: wood board, wood letters, craft glue, paint,
paint brush, tape measure, string slightly longer than the board.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
Measured up 2 inches from the bottom of the board and ran
a string the length of the board.  2 inches because that meant
my letters would be centered vertically.  I tacked the string in
to each end with push pins.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
I measured in 2" from the left and placed the
first letter and 2" from the right and placed
the last letter.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
I placed the remaining letters in between the first and last,
eyeballing to make sure they were evenly spaced.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
I glued the first and last letters first.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
I then glued every other letter. I figured even if my spacing
became slightly off, I wouldn't throw the entire word off,
at most I could only slightly misplace one letter at a time.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
I let the letters sit for a while once glued to make sure they
were good and stuck.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
I wanted some depth to the final color of the sign, so I started
with a coat of brown.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
Added a second coat of muted turquoise.  I used craft paint
for all colors because I happened to have it, but could have
used interior paint instead.


How to make a wood letter Lowcountry sign | The Lowcountry Lady
I ran a wire across the back of most of the sign to make
hanging super easy.
I really like how it turned out.  I didn't end up sanding or distressing the sign in any way.  Part of me is debating whether I should do a little distressing so you can see the undercoats a little bit.

I like the letters that have layers or are tapered because I think it makes the finished product look more substantial.  The entire piece cost about $35 to make but could have been done more frugally if I had chosen single layer or even cardboard letters.


Also, yes those are temporary blinds on my back door.  Yes, I know how terrible they look.  I just haven't decided what I want to do there permanently.  And yes, I have lived in this house for about a million years now.  Priorities ;).

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