YUM--How To Make "Marquee" Letters


After seeing a YUM on the dining room wall in a recent episode of HGTV's Fixer Upper, I knew I had to make one. The show created the YUM with vintage marquee letters, I made mine with reclaimed wood, painted in fun, happy colors.
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Fun, bright colors!
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I started with a rough sketch.
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I lay the boards out, use a board for a straight edge, pencil out angles and then take it to the cop saw to cut the angles.
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For the middle parts of the M, put the pieces face to face and cut a parallelogram.
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Use thin pieces of wood screwed to the back to assemble the letters.
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I drew the U put on a thin piece of plywood.
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I then cut it out with a jigsaw.
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I used a candle wax paint technique on the letters. Find it HERE: http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-create-authentic-chippy-paint.html
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YUM--a good reminder for the kids when I am serving some new, quinoa salad.

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2 questions
  • Hot18173953
    on Aug 2, 2017

    Would you consider making one for me, exactly like yours, except running vertically? What would be the total length?
  • Jina
    on Oct 13, 2018

    How many layers/colors of paint are actually on your letters?

    i haven’t had much success making painted projects look primitive like your letters do.

    Must be something I don’t know...

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