I have been loving all the wood signs on Pinterest and was thankful to come across this great tutorial on My Pink Life. Great blog by the way -- Aimee paints signs on old barn doors and they are one-of-a-kind!
First step was to find a piece of wood. In my head I envisioned being on HGTV and going to this really cool "salvage yard" in Cape Cod where I'd find a perfectly imperfect weathered plank with chipping paint and a ton of character...
Then I remembered I live in Cleveland and drove to my local lumber store.
No beautifully weathered planks, but a ton of inexpensive scrap wood on the project cart. Fair enough.
I chose this cedar plank.
I can't remember where I learned this but you can add character to wood by beating it with metal chains and other random objects that look like big screws but I really have no idea what they are. Here's a before and after:
I forgot to take pictures of the next few steps, but basically I followed this tutorial. I painted the plank with a very light coating of white semi-gloss paint, then let it dry overnight.
For the message, I knew I wanted it to say "Papa Henry" and somehow have the number 60 on it. After some brainstorming I decided to include some type of symbol that represented his love of motorcycles. I chose to do the infamous "Route 66" sign but swap out the 66 for 60.
I printed my message out on paper then traced it onto the wood plank using carbon paper. I then painted the tracing using basic acrylic craft paints ($1 per bottle).
I started to sand it down (letter A) but realized I should take a pic. Here it is before I sanded the rest of it down for extra distressing.
Did I say "before I sanded it down?"
I of course forgot to take a pic after the final round of sanding/distressing, but here's a pseudo complete before/after:
Happy birthday dad!