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Enjoying our Wedding Welcome Sign

We recently shared our Wedding Welcome sign and I mentioned how the goal was to create a sign we could later use at our home.

DIY rustic wood plank wedding welcome sign chevron

Well the plan was to use the cool marquee light arrow for the wedding.  But AFTER the wedding?  Add a little more lettering and seal the sign with spray-on laquer and you’re good to go!

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

So I printed out ‘Welcome’ in a scripty font I liked, then got to work using the same graphite transfer process I described before.  First, scribble with a No. 2 pencil all over the backside of the letters.

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

Once there was a heavy layer of graphite scribbled on the back, concentrated along the edges of the letters, it was time to flip the word over and trace along the edges to transfer the graphite lines to the sign.

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

Once you’re happy with the wording outlines, it’s time to fill it in with paint!  I used more of the same white paint I used for the chevron and date on the sign the first time.

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

After filling in, letting dry, and touch-ups where paint was thin, it was time to add a protective layer of spray-on lacquer.  I used one with a matte finish to keep the texture of the wood.

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

And then it was time to hang it!  While I can totally see this hanging next to the front door on our first home’s front porch, we didn’t want to wait that long to use it.  Fortunately we have the perfect wall space on our apartment’s balcony to hang it!

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

We knew we were moving to this new apartment before the wedding, and we were fortunate enough to have generous family members who gifted us a great little patio set, plus the previous resident left behind a grill too.  So we turned the space into a great place to enjoy a glass of wine.

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

We have great tree coverage behind our building, and the afternoon sun filters through beautifully.  It’s really a lovely space to relax after a long day!

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

So there you have it!  Not all wedding decor has to get tossed or sold after the big day!  Now we have a great keepsake from the day that we’ll use for years.

CHEERS! ~ Beth

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Hand Painted Wedding Sign turned into Welcome Sign

 

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