Today, 9 years ago, I married my incredible husband.
I thank God for this man everyday! He is my biggest supporter, the one that not only puts up with my crazy ideas but makes everyone of them happen, and the one who has truly made every dream I ever had come true.
Happy 9th Anniversary Jimmy!
I LOVE YOU WITH MY WHOLE HEART!
We decided that we were not going to do presents this year....
but I couldn't not give him anything, right?
So I went with what I knew.
I made him a sign.
We have talked about redoing our bedroom soon in stages,
so I thought this would be a good place to start and something to have meaning/memories.
(Let me just apologize now for the "during" pictures...I was doing this in our work area in the basement to make it a surprise and the lighting is terrible!)
I started with some tongue and groove cedar planks
that were left in our house by the previous owners.
And a piece of thin 1/2 inch plywood.
I stained the planks with Minwax's dark walnut stain.
Next, the plywood was cut to fit the plank pieces plus about a 1/2 inch border around the outside. This will be to hold the frame.
Before attaching the planks to the plywood, I painted the area that would have the lettering with acrylic paint.
I printed off the lettering that I was going to use for the sign on my silhouette machine. For those of you that don't have that or a cricut, you could easily use a stencil.
I attached the planks to the plywood using liquid nails. Then I transferred the lettering to the sign.
I painted over the entire sign with Annie Sloan Old White. Then came the distressing, of course. I took it outside and heavily distressed with a sanding block.
After I decided that I couldn't do the whole project alone, I showed Jimmy his present and asked for help :)
He built a simple frame around it and I stained that with dark walnut, as well.
In true "Heather" style, I wasn't happy with the lettering so I handpainted the letters again in black this time.
Here is the finished product again!
And, of course, I added a special message on the back... :)
I will be adding this to my etsy shop as well. I would love to make it or another custom sign for you!