I’m always looking to create home decor on a budget and when I have left-overs from furniture projects, it becomes a challenge to use up all the scraps I have laying around. Today I’m sharing with you how to create reclaimed wood signs from vintage frames.
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Reclaimed Wood Signs
Supplies list for this project.
- Large Wood Frame
- Pallet / Reclaimed Wood
- Chop Saw
- 1/8 inch Plywood
- Staple Gun with staples
- Screw Eyes
- Fluff Chalk Mineral Paint (Dixie Belle)
- Paint Brush (Dixie Belle)
Paint 2 coats of your favorite color on your frame or you can just leave it wood. I like the painted look.
Cutting The Reclaimed Wood To Fit Inside The Frame
By laying the wood flat and securing them with two other pieces of wood, I created a pallet. This was done to keep the boards in alignment and secure. The next step is the cutout!
Creating A Template For The Reclaimed Wood
The plan was to create a wood backing inside the frame to create a sign or in this case, a place to hang my decorative wreaths. The trick here is to get the perfect cuts of the reclaimed wood that will lay inside the frame where the glass/mirror had set. By laying the frame on top of the boards, I was able to mark the inset area with a pencil from the underside of the frame. This method will also work on a square frame.
Cutting Your Reclaimed Wood
Once you have marked the template for the reclaimed wood, use a Jigsaw to cut the pattern out and cut just a bit smaller than your template. Most frames have about a 1/8 inch inset, but that can vary depending on the size. This method works best with large frames. You want the boards to be as snug in the frame as you can get them. I had a few boards I used an electric sander on to smooth the edges for the perfect fit.
Cutting A Backer Board For The Sign | Wall Decor
A backer board will be needed to secure the reclaimed wood inside the frame once they are in place. A thin piece of plywood works well for this, but you can even use old paneling, beadboard, etc. Anything thin that can be nailed in place. Cut out a template using the frame for best results. Again, I cut it a bit smaller than the template I created, because I didn’t want it to overhang and show from the sides once it was hung on the wall.
Attaching The Back Board To The Frame
You can attach the backer board with screws, nails or in my case, I used my Pneumatic Staple Gun. It made for a quick and easy project. The reclaimed wood will be secure for a long time. Maybe forever!
Adding A Wall Hanger
The hanger was created with 2 eye rings and heavy-duty wire because of the weight. It’s not super heavy but it does need more than a standard picture hanger. Using this method, the frame can easily be adjusted on the wall.
What a great way to repurpose and create beautiful reclaimed wood signs for any home. Want to see another example of repurposing reclaimed wood? CLICK HERE to see a mirror harp that flipped into a wall hanging. It’s super cute too! Thanks for joining me today. Be blessed.
Until the next project… xo, Do