Initially….

The Christmas tradition in my family is to give a gift to all adults that cost under $10. This keeps the spending down and forces us to get creative. One year I decided to make a SPECTACULAR  gift for everyone. I had seen something similar and loved the idea. Initial boards.

Fortunately for me, I have a husband you enjoys projects as much as I do. This was a great one for us to spend time together creating. I went down to the local Lowe’s and purchased 1″ thick planks of wood, approx. 3′ long. I had these cut to the size I had determined I wanted them, about 15″, with a small piece left over.

I recruited my husband to help with this project. We began by prepping the boards, we used a light-grain sandpaper and sanded all sides, including the edges. The goal was to have a nice smooth feel, taking off any protective finish the manufacturers might have used. We then proceeded to stain the boards, using Minwax Classic Gray stain.  There was a little experimentation with the staining. We tried brushing it on, but it came out thick and left drip marks. The technique that worked best, was to use an old rag. Dip and swipe. The wood absorbed the color perfectly. We wanted a weathered gray look, as though it had been beaten by the ocean wind.

Next we took a piece of burlap and cut it to size. Sadly, this is not as simply as it seems. There is a trick to it. From there we stretched the burlap and fastened it to a portable station. You need it taut in order to achieve a straight letter. After much tweaking to the placement of the stencil, we used Design Master flat black spray paint to transfer the letter onto the burlap.

Now that everything is perfectly primed, placed, and painted- you wait. For it all to dry. In the winter months, this takes some time. We then positioned the burlap on the board and used Loctite spray adhesive to apply. For finishing touches, we created decorative borders around the burlap. This is where my hubby gets to use his table saw. Sadly, the one he had for years, would not work. Poor guy (not really) had to buy a new one. I don’t mind him buying his “toys”, because I give him excuses to use them. See how that works? He gets new toys, I get someone to do the dirty work. (Wink wink)

The initial boards were a huge hit! Score one for Amy.

I would love to hear your thoughts about these boards!

Thanks for reading… Amy

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Comments

  1. Really like the instructions.

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