Friday, July 2, 2010

Wedding Sign #1...


Tomorrow we are spending the day, not only attending, but also helping with a wedding for some friends. Or...family.

Friends?

Maybe both.

The line gets blurred because really, they're our friends, but technically (ready to follow this?) they are Will's sister's husband's brother (Kelly) and his fiance (Cherisse).

:)

They're family.

Our involvement in the wedding starts with two signs that we have built that will be part of the wedding decor.

The first, a rustic sign for the lovebirds...

I have seen countless versions of these on wedding blogs, but took my own approach to creating this one for Kelly and Cherisse.

It started with simple fence boards that we bought at Lowe's. We cut them to measure just over 3 feet x 3 feet.


We chose rough pieces, but distressed them even further to achieve that "old" look...



We attached the horizontal boards to vertical pieces of wood, then ran a strip of wood diagonally between the two to ensure that the wood wouldn't be able to shift...


The look I was going for was that of a pallet. My original thought was that I would just use an actual pallet - one that I could find on the side of the road, or behind a grocery store (asking permission to take it first, of course!), but all the pallets that I saw had big gaps in between the boards and that wasn't going to work for this project.

I think this pallet turned out perfectly...


I stained the newly built pallet with spray stain (one of my absolute favorite products!), which is so easy on these boards because it's a one step process. These boards are so rough and porous that the stain soaks right in - no wiping off required!

Spray stain is kind of on the pricey side, so I skipped spraying the back. The pallet will be leaning up against something for the wedding and afterwards, when Kelly and Cherisse take it home, their plan is to hang it on a wall.

I just made sure to spray everything that would be seen from the front and sides...



I got all of the letters from JoAnn Etc. They were about $1.25 a piece. Do the math and you'll find that this sign just got a little pricier than I had anticipated, but these were the right letters to choose. There were other fonts available, but I (and the lovebirds) prefer clean and simple - no swirls or script or anything frilly or fluffy.

These were the one's! A few coats of white spray paint and they were good to go...

Thanks to the rain (summer doesn't officially begin in the Pacific Northwest until July 5th, you know!) and a spray painting project that I had going in the garage, I was forced to do the second half of this project indoors. My bedroom is the only place that I can close the door and keep the kiddos out, so...

I set it up in our bedroom...

First I found the center of each side and marked it with tape so that I would have a visual cue for where my letters should be...

I figured the best way to do this was to lay the letters out just as I wanted the finished product to look...


then run a length of painters tape under them to help with placement, and then start in with the wood glue...

This step was a bit nerve wracking!

Of course, it would have helped if I had been able to be in a bigger space - I had to straddle the pallet because I didn't have any room to move on either side! On the left was our bed, and on the right, the wall. It felt like a leg workout by the time I had adhered all 17 letters and numbers.

And remember me telling you that my room was the only safe place for this project? That it's the only place I could definitely keep the kids out of?

I don't know how she got in...

...but I was already in the middle of getting all the letters set and when you find your groove, you just have to go with it!

Luckily, she stayed on the bed, but that didn't stop her from jumping and doing somersaults - which resulted in me saying 150 times "Be careful!!!!"


Luckily, the letters went on pretty well using the wood glue. There were a few that gave me a hard time just because the wood isn't perfectly level on every board. I had to remove a few letters, add more glue and then reset them to make sure that the glue was making a connection between the letter and the board. And unfortunately, the wood glue we have doesn't dry clear (is there a wood glue that does?) so I had to be super careful to place it back in it's exact spot so that I wouldn't be left with any yellow glue stains.


That left me needing to add periods in between the date numbers and an ampersand in between their names. A white paint pen seemed like the best choice even though I knew that the rough boards would do a pretty good job at chewing up the tip of my pens.


A penny was the perfect size period, so I traced it with a pencil...

...and it left just enough of a mark that I could follow with my paint pen.

You can see it here very faintly lined up on the blue tape...


A couple coats of paint and the dots looked great!

On to the ampersand...

I measured how big I wanted it to be in between their names, then printed it out on my computer. I cut it out, laid it on the board how I wanted it to look, then traced it with my pencil. I had the same faint line that I did with the penny and using my paint pen, I filled it in...

What a relief!

Finishing that part was nice!


But, I was not at all happy with how fresh the boards looked once all of the letters were on. I wanted it to be way more distressed and have much more variation of color...

It was nothing that a little date with the palm sander couldn't handle!


The finished product:





I hope they like it!

I love it so much that I am using the leftover pieces of fence board to make a sign of our own.

No, it won't have our names and wedding date on it (that would be a little odd eleven years after the fact), but I'm thinking maybe a saying or a quote. Something that applies to our life and our family.

I can't wait until I have the time to make it!

But today I need to finish the 2nd sign that we made for the wedding. A directional sign that will guide Kelly and Cherisse's guests around the property. So far, so good, but I need to paint on all of the letters today.

Time to get to work!



P.S. I am linking this to:

Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Make It Yours Day at My Backyard Eden
Show And Tell at Blue Cricket Designs
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Momspiration Mondays at Moms By Heart

13 comments:

Audra said...

This is gorgeous! I wish I had thought to do something like this for our wedding on 07-07-07. I am sure that your friends/family will love this and cherish it for their home.

Katie said...

I think you did a marvelous job and I love that the letters are dimensional while & and the periods are not. It gives it so much depth!

Sylvia said...

Great job! I'm sure the special couple will cherish this gift for many years.
I am looking forward to July 5th.... I'm ready for summer, too :-)

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

What a great decoration and gift. It's so awesome that they can have it to decorate their home afterwards. You really did a fine job here and thought of everything. Hope the wedding is beautiful!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

So cool, Karla! A lovely meaningful keepsake! And thanks for showing the strapping on the backside. I'd love to try something similar.

Donna

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I REALLY adore this project. It is going into my style file for sure!

Happy 4th of July!

Ellie said...

Very cool! I know they'll love it.

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Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That looks great! I love that you sanded the edges at the end - really adds some dimension!

Melanie said...

The sign is lovely and they are going to love having it hang in their home.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a cute idea! My oldest is getting married next year! I'm definately sending her this link!
Great job!

Connie said...

What a great idea with the sign. I have never seen that done and I like it !

Retro Vintage Interior Decor said...

Super post! Stirs up the juices in my brain. I like!