DIY Rustic Sign

by Brepurposed
The hubs and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary this past weekend and naturally I decided to make him something as a gift. Our first dance song at our wedding was Danny's Song and this lyric has become our little saying.
I used the pallet wood that I had originally planned to use for my backdrop and pretty much used the same technique as well. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to approach doing the letters but knew I wasn’t going to free hand it. It would have looked atrocious; trust me ;)

My Dad helped me put this together while I was home for the weekend and simply glued the boards together and then screwed a frame on the back for easy hanging and support.
The boards got a light sanding and then I stained them using Minwax’s Dark Walnut. I found some stickers at Hobby Lobby that were the perfect size and I laid them down in place.
I also found those awesome “D” and “B” letters at Hobby Lobby and I love how they add a little dimension to the sign.

Next up was the paint. I made sure all the letters were sticking to the boards and used the white wash effect with very little paint on my brush.
Once that was done, I just peeled off the letters and was left with that beautiful stain showing through!

I wanted to add something extra to it and love the use of arrows in home decor lately. I found one online I liked and adjusted it slightly to fit my sign and printed it off the computer. I was originally going to paint them on but wanted something with cleaner edges and a little depth.

My dad helped me big time on this and cut them out of some plywood using a band saw. I think he surprised himself with how well they turned out; they were perfect! I painted them white and glued them on using some epoxy. Final touch was some nail head accents on the sides.
I’m not sure where we’re going to hang this yet but all that matters is that the hubbers loves it. And I get some new wall swag ;) That’s a win win!

What was your first dance song? I’d love to know!
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