The Pottery Barn catalog arrived and while browsing through it I saw this Love Plaque that I thought I could replicate with the spared pieces of wood I had, and it could be a great piece of art for Valentine's day!
The first thing to do ---> the letters. I attached two pieces of graph paper with tape and began drawing the letters, trying to copy-cat them the best I could. They are like 12.5" x 9".
The letters were then transferred to a piece of plywood, another remnant from the beams.
Then, it was time to cut them out using a jig saw. It took me like an hour to do that, a good time to think about what needs to get done next day, yeah! I was thinking about the laundry I needed to do, what I was going to pack my son for his school lunch, my grocery list ... Let's say, that's how I plan my days! :)
Well, after all that thinking, the letters were out, they're not perfect, the lines weren't that straight, maybe I should have paid more attention to the cuttings. ;)
I took a big chunk out of the O! But nothing wood filler and a good sanding couldn't repair.
Since the boards were already primed material, sanding their edges was my next step to give them that worn out look. All the boards were nailed to two extra pieces on the back.
This is how it looked so far.
Since I wanted to use the plaque for Valentine's day, a letter O was cut out from red polka-dot fabric, and was attached with liquid starch (I think that's the old way to attach fabric to a surface :) the new way to go would be with Mod Podge), you can use any.
Wax was rubbed on the boards and letters to age them a bit more. The letters were attached with double-sided sticky tape that way I can use the board with something else or I can display the letters by itself later on.
The PB Love Plaque costs $199, mine was kind of free since they were left-over pieces.
Next time I'll show you how it looks adorning my fireplace.
Check it out on the Valentine Mantel HERE
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