Thursday, October 27, 2011

To the Letter

We've been on the hunt for a decorative "H" with which to adorn the entrance to Huxley's room for some time. While we found a number of antique options, they were either too small or in a font we didn't care for. Since necessity (or preference!) is the mother of invention, Hubs took matters into his own hands. Literally.

This rad "H" is the end product of his efforts. He cut the letter out, sanded the edges, patiently drew the graphic onto the wood, and then gave the whole thing a light stain. It's perfect in my mind, and, once he can say so, I think Huxley will concur.

In his own words, here's how you, too, can make things to the letter of your liking!

*A scrap board of your choosing
*Permanent magic markers
*Minwax Golden Oak, or other light stain
*Top coat can be rub-on polyurethane or tung oil

*A saw (preferably a jigsaw)
*Sandpaper (electric palm sander even better)
*Metal objects for distressing
*Rags for rubbing on the finish

1. Choose a board, then use a pencil to draw on the shape of the letter that you want.
2. Cut out the design.
3. Distress the wood a bit using whatever metal objects that you have around (i.e. a screwdriver). Be careful not to break the letter in the process.
4. Sand down the edges, corners, and any rough spots.
5. Draw whatever pattern you like on the front face of the letter.
6. Rub on a light coat of stain with a rag, wiping off the excess.
7. Let it dry overnight.
8. Apply a clear topcoat of your choosing.
9. Let it dry then hang it wherever you like!

*Don't forget, clicking on the image makes it much, much bigger!


Katy @ The Non-Consumer Advocate said...

And an antique would be likely to include lead paint, so this is waaay better.

And cuter!


Michele said...

It is perfect!

oklyous said...

And I must admire the patience that went into making it!

jen said...

Wow! That's dedication - all those tiny lines and colors. It's perfect.

Good to see you the other night at Malaprops - can't wait to check our your new book!

Greyson said...

That's just awesome Ash!

Baby By The Sea said...

Love the graphics. Perfect.

Bee Girl said...

Gorgeous! So much better than anything you could purchase!