I recently shared on my Instagram stories how we made this shiplap sign. I love the way that it turned out and thought I would share a little tutorial here to answer a lot of the questions I am getting.
I first laid out my letters and measured the size of the sign I would need based on the dimensions of the space of the lettering. We actually had a spare piece of mdf in our garage that I used for the backing. I laid out the letters on the mdf to make sure it would work and yay, it did!
I wanted to add some dimension to this sign for something a little different so we added some plywood that we had hanging out in the garage from our shiplap wall project over the mdf. Our local hardware had stripped a large piece of plywood down intially for our shiplap walls and this was our leftover. My hubs used our Ryobi table saw to cut the pieces on both ends so that all of the boards would fit.
After all of the plywood was in place, I used wood filler to fill the nail holes from the air nailer. I then painted it white with a foam roller and my chalk paint recipe paint. I used a toothpick to get any paint out of the creases so that the lines of the “shiplap” would stay crisp and bold. I did not use any sealer, I just left the paint the flat finish that it was.
While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I stained the border pieces that we had cut with our chop saw to fit all sides. We cut the two pieces running lengthwise a little longer than the actual size just for something different. I love how they come off the edge a little at the top and bottom. We then attached them with our air nailer.
I had spray painted these letters with black matte spray paint a few days prior starting the sign, thinking I would stick them to the wall. I didn’t care for them in the space where I thought that I wanted them, that’s when my idea to make a sign all started. I love these letters that I received from Little Touch of Heaven. I laid them out in the approximate position that I wanted them. I then used Command strips that I had cut into small pieces to stick them to my sign. The great thing about this is that I can change them out if I would ever want to.
I love what this verse means to me and that I can see it daily to remind me of God’s grace. Chester snuck in here and he’s super excited that his fur is starting to grow back from his last horrible groom.