Recycling wood and creating something new from the disassembled pieces of old wood items is quite simple. This whimsical western sign was crafted from a panel that had come loose from an old salvaged door. With just a little paint and the use of stencils, this sign is the perfect addition to a country home, or a child’s bedroom.
Things You Will Need:
Old door with panel inserts
Jig saw (optional)
Brown acrylic paint
Drill and 1/16-inch drill bit
3 wooden stars-1-inch to 2 1/2 inches
Remove a long panel insert from an old door. If your door is really old, the frame of the door around the panels may come apart easily. If that isn’t the case with your door, drill a hole through the door, just above a corner of the inset. The hole needs to be bigger than the blade of your jig saw. Using the jig saw, cut around the edges of the panel to remove.
Lightly sand the surface and edges of the panel to smooth and prepare the old wood for paint. Wipe off the sanding dust using a dry rag.
Paint both sides of the door. I chose a yellow-suede looking paint to give the panel a western look. Apply as many coats as necessary to completely cover the wood. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly after each application. Older wood tends to suck up the paint, so multiple coats may be needed.
Turn the panel so that it’s length is running up and down. Choose a size of letter stencils that will fit within the width of the panel and the words “GIDDY UP” will fit within the length. Measure and position the stencils until you are happy with their arrangement. Tape the stencils in place.
Pour a small amount of brown acrylic paint on a paper plate. Dip your stencil brush into the paint. Dab off most of the paint onto a paper towel. Pounce the brush over the stencils. The paint will look light on the wood. That’s okay, this is only the first coat. Stencil all of the letters. When you have finished the last letter, go back to the first one and repeat the paint application. After the second coat, if the letters are still not dark enough, apply another coat. Lightly applying the paint with several coats will prevent the paint from bleeding under the stencil edges.
Lightly sand over the entire front surface and the side edges of the panel. This will give the paint an aged appearance.
Choose three wooden stars ranging in size from 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches. Apply brown acrylic paint to the stars. While the paint is still wet, wipe off the paint using a paper towel. This will stain the stars.
Drill two holes in the center of each heart using a 1/16-inch drill bit. The holes will make the stars look like buttons. Arrange the stars in one top corner of the panel. Insert the drill bit through the holes on each star and drill through the door panel. Do not remove the stars.
Cut three 6-inch lengths of baling wire using wire cutters. Bend the wire into “U” shapes. Insert the ends of one wire through one set of star holes, from the back of the panel to the front of the star. Using needle nose pliers, twist the wire ends over the top of the star. Trim the wire ends to approximately 1 inch. Repeat with the remaining wire and stars.
Center and drill two holes along the top, short edge of the panel, spaced 4-inches apart and 1 inch below the top edge. Cut a 12-inch length of baling wire. Form the wire into a “U” shape. Insert the ends of the wire through the panel, from the front to the back. Pull the ends through 1 inch. Bend the “U” shape on the front of the panel upward. Using needle nose pliers, bend the 1-inch ends on the back of the panel upward and pinch to secure. This wire is the hanger.
Don’t have a door panel for this project? No worries. An old weather barn board or fence board will also work very nicely.