A couple of weeks ago, my friend, Jill, and I went to the Board and Brush in Lake Geneva, WI. It’s a neat little shop where you can make signs of all kinds. We decided to make family name signs. You sign up for the class online, and tell them what sign you want to make – they have a lot to choose from. They make the stencil for you , and have the wood pieces and materials you’ll need to make it. The staff there is really nice and helpful- they walk you through each step. It was our first time doing this, and we couldn’t wait to get started!
First you sand your wood , then you get to distress it. Jill had several small pieces, while I had one long piece. If you’re feeling stressed, this is just what you need! Hammers, meat tenderizers and such came out and made such a noise! Fun was had by all! Next we stained our wood-the distress marks really showed after that!
After the white washing, we sanded our boards again, and Jill attached all her boards together in the back. We were finally ready to work with our stencils.
It was tricky peeling the back off of our stencils, especially when you have a name that goes on forever! Once we had them positioned, then we peeled the sticky tape off the front of them – at least that was a little easier. Then came the fun part- painting!
I loved the way both our signs turned out! We sanded them again, then it was time for sealing them with wax.
All we had to do was put the hooks in the back so we could hang them up.
We did it! We had a blast, and decided we wanted to do it again! There was a great group of ladies making signs with us, which made it even more fun. Here are our signs hung up on our walls.
Shortly after making these signs, I bought a Cricut, so we can make our own! If you ever get the chance to go to a Board and Brush – they have several locations – go, and happy sign making!