We are so close to finishing up the nursery! I am so excited to finish and show you all of the pictures! I want to share one of my DIY pieces in the space, which is this wooden shim wall art:
I painted this sign without a stencil – read further for a full tutorial for how to paint a wood sign!
This was a super thrifty project, and really didn’t take too much time. I love how it makes a big impact, but cost me less than $10!
I gathered my materials- wooden shims, wood stain, and liquid nails (affiliate links):
I lined up the shims until I found an arrangement/length I liked (mine ended up being 3 feet long). Then I turned them all over, and used the liquid nails to secure all of the shims together.
Important note: once these dried, my husband didn’t think it was as secure as he’d like it to be, so he added two very thin pieces of wood that ran along the whole length of the piece. This made it a lot sturdier!
I then used cans to “clamp” the pieces together. Yes, my neighbors are convinced I’m crazy. I guess the picture of an 8.5 month pregnant girl carrying out armfuls of cans outside can look a little silly.
I stained the wood once I had let the liquid nails dry overnight. Then I got a fun idea – since I wasn’t sure what font I wanted to use, I took a picture of the stained wood, and edited the picture using 3 different kinds of fonts using free editing programs online (iPiccy and Picmonkey). I had my husband make the final decision – he chose #2:
As promised – here’s how I painted the wood sign:
Print out the word/letters you want to use (I just did this in a word document)
Trace over the word (using a good amount of pressure) with a pen.
This will leave indentations on the outside of the letters.
Use these indentations as your guide – use a fine-tipped paintbrush and acrylic paint
Apply a second layer if necessary – and you’re done!
Really really simple! Since the wooden shims are so thin, we were able to just hang this with command strips (affiliate link)
And a sneak peek at where this is hung up in the nursery (seriously can’t wait to share more pictures!!):
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Have you ever crafted with wooden shims? Are you going to try to paint words on wood using this tutorial?