Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Porch Board


If I can make a board like this, then you can too. 
I am not crafty what so ever. 
It certainly isn't perfect, but I did it and I think it adds to our front porch.

I first saw these boards at a farmer's market in Omaha in May.


They were heavy and we had walked there from our hotel, 
so I didn't have a way to get one back to our room.
Also, they were pricey.

I thought, I could make one of these.
Then my mom said, "Your father can get you the board."
So, my dad got me this great board all cut and sanded.  
The board is 11 inches wide x 4 feet long and is 1 1/2 inches thick.
It is a heavy, solid board and would be too heavy as a wall hanging. 



I painted the board with 3 coats of the Black Acrylic Paint on all sides.

Then I chose the Gold Metallic Paint for the letters. 

I got the paint at Michael's Craft Store.


I also got the stencils at Michael's. I chose 8 inch stencils.
Since I needed 6 letters, I had to shorten the 
"R", "K" and "W" just a half an inch to fit the letters on.
Not ideal, but the next size letters I could find were too small
for the look I wanted. 


You have to be extra careful when working with stencils. 
The paint bled through underneath the stencil, 
so I had to repaint the black over top of the gold in a few spots.

I also found some decorative stencils 
to place in the corners to add some definition. 

I finally sprayed it with Lacquer 
to finish it and waterproof the paint.
It doesn't get really wet on our front step when it rains, 
but I still wanted it protected.


Again, I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I have thought about painting the other side 
with a different color and word, 
but I want to see how this holds up this fall and winter first. 

My dad won't tell me how much the board cost him, 
but the paint was minimal. 
I think I spent under $15 and probably about 4 hours of my time, 
even though it took me all summer!



2 comments:

Becky Goerend said...

This looks great! I really hate working with stencils! I have the bleeding problem all the time!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Love it!