Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What's in a Name...

I just finished making a family name sign for my sister-in-law. Here is the finalized project:

I purchased a piece of unfinished wood at Home Depot. Had them cut the piece to 40". I brought it home and sanded it with my handy-dandy hand sander, a coat of paint (Behr Black Suede (S-H-790), one more sand and then I was ready for the stencils. I used a stencil set I purchased at Michaels (the letters were 3-3.5" depending on the letter). I stenciled the letters on with a pencil and then painted them in with a very small brush and white acrylic paint. I waited a day for the paint to be completely dry and then I stained the entire board with a gel stain (miniwax in walnut). I painted it on with a foam brush, waited around 5-10 minutes and gently rubbed the stain off.

Last but not least, I purchased sawtooth hangers to attach to the back of the board for hanging. This is a great personalized gift and I can't wait to give it to her soon!

15 comments:

Kim said...

It turned out fabulous!!! I love it & so should your SIL. Great personalized gift.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is so nice! I'm sure she's going to love it.

Deborah said...

I love family name plaques. Yours is lovely.

Carrie said...

It looks really good!! I {heart} names with "est." years on them!

Michelle said...

You did such an awesome job on this! I really love things with family names :)

Enjoy your weekend!
~Michelle :)

Anna See said...

This looks terrific! What a great gift.

melissa said...

A perfect gift idea~I didn't know about the stencil sets at Michaels~thanks for the heads up! Turned out beautifully!

Vivienne said...

Darling! I am sure your SIL will love it.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

What a fabulous gift! I think I have that same stencil set. Thanks for linking up to Trash to Treasure Tuesday!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

That turned out darling!

I need a stencil set like that! :)

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

wow! you did a great job. I need to practice stenciling. :( I am terrible at it.
gail

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Fanchy said...

Hi - I'm Jen and I am so inspired by your family name sign. I made one of my own and I credited you in my blog as my inspiration. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Jen @ Noting Grace

http://notinggrace.blogspot.com/

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