Day 13: Reclaimed Wood Sign with Bullfrogs and Bulldogs

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It’s Day 13 in our 14 Days of LOVE series and Amanda is here from Bullfrogs and Bulldogs to share a really sweet and cool gift she made for her Valentine. I can’t wait for you to see what she made!

Hello Everyone! I’m Amanda, a former city girl from Seattle who got rid of my skinny jeans and chucks for a life of carharts and muck boots when I moved down to be with my love on the family vineyard right in the heart of wine country in Oregon. I would love if you stopped by and said hi sometime!

I’m so excited to be here today! A big thank you to Taryn for having me over to show you all a little project I’ve been working on for my love for Valentine’s Day.

D (my love) and I are quite obsessed with anything and everything to do with reclaimed barn wood. I’ve wanted to make a barn wood sign for some time now and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so and surprise D with it for Valentine’s Day!

This project packs a lot of sentimental punch and was super easy, not to mention very fun to make. Here is how I made it so you too can create a little reclaimed wood masterpiece if you’d like!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Choose the wood boards: Figure out the kind and what size boards you want to use. ie: pallet boards or old salvaged barn wood like I used.

Cutting : You may want your pieces to be various sizes or for them all to line up. The world is your oyster so have fun with it!

Sanding: You don’t want to get splinters do you? Make sure to sand and buff your wood down so the surface is smooth and splinter free! I used an air compressor to get every little last piece of dust off once I finished sanding.

Securing: This can be done several ways but I used some MDF board and a drill. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make sure the boards are all secured together.

Stenciling: Find the look of writing you like, I used a typewriter font I printed off the computer or if you can, free draw it!

Paint: I think we are putting this guy in our master bedroom which has blues, brown sand little yellow. I wanted to bring out the yellow so I decided to leave the boards their natural color and paint the word in a nice yellow.

And voila! Check back when we makeover our bedroom to see where I hang it!

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I LOVE how this turned out, don’t you? Thanks Amanda for sharing this with us! I’ve been wanting to do a reclaimed wood sign and this just gave me the motivation. I’ll be back tomorrow with MY 14 Days of LOVE post :)

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses primarily on DIY home decor, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds, using what’s on hand and transforming dollar store finds. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 2 year old daughter and newborn son.

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