Hey guys! Remember those faux metal letters I showed you a couple weeks ago? Well, I promise I didn’t just spell the word “lake” for fun. I used them to make a sign for my family’s lakehouse back in Oregon this summer. I saw LAKE sign at JoAnns in April and loved it, however I did not love the price. Knowing I had wood in my shed and I could make the letters for a decent price I calculated out that I would be able to do the sign for about 1/5th of the price! Obviously labor isn’t included in my cost and it takes some labor, but it was worth not paying $60 plus for the sign and I loved getting to try out some new techniques.
Here is the sign JoAnn’s had. The letters were acutal metal, but I think mine turned out pretty good.
Metal Letters – real or faux. Check out the tutorial for my faux letters here.
Wood – I had wood leftover from some house projects out in the shed. You could pick some up at Home Depot for not too expensive though.
Whitewash Supplies – I wanted my wood to have a grey undertone so I used a steel wool and vinegar mixture to stain my wood and then I used white chalk paint to whitewash it. The steel wool and vinegar mixture takes a couple days to come together so if you wanted to do this project a little fast you could easily use a grey stain of your choice.
Adhesive – I used a glue gun to attach my letters to the wood, but you could use any adhesive you wanted.
I really wanted the sign to have a driftwood, beachy feel to it since it was going to our family lakehouse on the coast. There are a lot of different ways to do this, but I thought it would be fun to try steel wool and vinegar. I kept seeing tutorials on Pinterest and loved the look it gives. It’s a little bit of a process as the mixture has to sit for a few days so the steel wool dissolves. I ended up doing about 3 coats letting each one dry about an hour in between applying. The end result was a greyish purple looking stain. I loved how the look varied so much on one piece of wood due to the knots and grooves of the wood.
I used white chalk paint from Home Depot to whitewash the wood. Instead of painting the whole board I painted streaky sections across the board and then used a rag to rub the paint in and across the board. This gave the board a good whitewash feel as it let the grey show through and it was uneven in a strategic way.
Because the letters are cardboard I used hot glue to attach them to the wood. You could use a number of adhesives to attach them, but hot glue worked the best for me. Once you attach your letters find a great place for the sign to hang and you are all done! This summery sign is a great way to add some beachy decor to any room. I chose the word lake because this was going to our lakehouse, but you could do any word and add some beach charm to your decor with this style of sign.