Because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I wanted to decorate the living room with a little love.
We made this banner that we hung on a small shelf in the room but something else was needed.
We decided to spend the weekend searching through several flea markets until I came up with an idea for a Valentine’s Day project to put on the shelf but came up empty-handed.
I wasn’t gonna give up!
So, I searched everywhere around our own shop and found this:
My husband found this a long time ago at a flea market and it is actually an antique measuring tool for logs but can you guess what I see?
That’s right, I see a “V”. A lightbulb went off when I saw this. 💡
People make those LOVE signs out of wood that you see all over Pinterest. I decided to make mine out of junk or “treasures” that we have found.
We spent a Sunday looking everywhere in our shop for the letters. We found a few different things for the “L” but none that I really wanted until I saw a straight edge that was given to Carson by his dad.
The “O” was pretty easy because they were everywhere in the shop.
The “E” was not quite so easy. I couldn’t find anything shaped like an “E” so Carson welded some things together and it turned out perfect!
I’ll take you step by step to show you how we made our LOVE sign.
First, I gathered up some old barn wood that we have saved.
Then I used the table saw and cut them down to size.
Carson planed them just a little with the planer. We didn’t want to lose any of the chippiness of the wood.
Then, I sanded the sharp edges down so we wouldn’t get splinters and make it easier to clean after we hung it on the wall.
The boards were laid out exactly how I wanted them and I flipped them over so I could nail a couple of small pieces of board to them for support.
After I figured out exactly how I wanted them, I stood them on their edge and used some Gorilla glue to glue the edges together.
Then, I brad nailed the small wooden strips to the back to give them extra support.
I wanted to paint the boards to make the letters stand out but I didn’t want to take away from the reclaimed wood by painting all of it.
The only kind of paint that I had was chalk paint so I watered it down to a 2 to 1 ratio and painted the boards.
The gorilla glue does foam up as it dries so you shouldn’t use too much. What I did was let it dry completely and cut the foaming part off after it was done.
And here are my painted boards:
Now to the fun part!
I laid the letters on the wood exactly how I wanted them and we attached them to the boards.
And here is the finished product!!
A perfect Valentine’s Day decoration used with junk that we had lying around our shop.
In case you’re wondering where you can find the materials to make your own sign, here is a list of the things that I used: