Found this quote on Pinterest and knew it had to be in our house somewhere. When finishing our $187 Boys Bathroom Makeover
I was looking for
free artwork and thought I could somehow make this quote work as art. I considered painting it onto a canvas, but didn’t want to spend $30 on a large canvas. But I did have lots of scrap pieces of wood leftover from the board and batten I had installed in that same bathroom.
How to make your own rustic wooden sign
Cut your scrap wood pieces to the desired length (mine were different widths but that’s the look I was going for). And take 3 smaller pieces of wood for the back braces. To attach all the boards onto the back braces with the liquid nails that I was already using to attach the board and batten to the walls. Warning Be careful not to use too much glue as it will squeeze out onto the front of the boards. And this stuff does not come off! I have a few spots on mine that drive me crazy every time I look at it.
Stain the front of the boards, I used some leftover “oak” stain.
Let it dry for 24 hours and use stencils to trace the letters onto the board with a pencil. I found my stencils at A.C. Moore, and used 2 different fonts sizes (2″ Times New Roman and 1″ Times New Roman). Then the fun part- hand paint each of the letters. This took me a bit of time, but it’s a good sit-in-front-of-the t.v. kind of project.
To hang it I found 2 of these hangers and nailed them to the back.
I know everyone has pinned this on Pinterest already, but is this not the most amazing idea ever! Who on earth comes up with these things! Far more creative and amazing people than me, that’s for sure. But I sure can copy a great idea!
Now I just had to figure how to actually copy this! I found detailed instructions for a similar carwash over at Instructables
. Why reinvent the wheel when someone has done it for you! Assembly took less than 20 minutes, it’s that easy
. It involved a couple of cuts with a hand saw and just fitting the pieces together.
But it did take a long time for me to figure out what I needed to buy at the hardware store. I had never shopped in the PVC aisle before and didn’t know the difference between threaded, non-threaded, bend, coupling, tee, elbow, yikes the hundreds of little boxes of white plastic pieces can make a girl break out in a sweat. I suggest just finding someone who looks like they know what they are doing, handing them your list and asking for their help. This will save you lots of frustration and maybe 2 extra trips back to the hardware store to get the right piece!
Now for the fun part- decoration! I found an old pool noodle in the garage cut a slit down the side and slid it on the sides, to act as the car wash ‘brushes’. And I added some of those super cool sponge balls
to hang from the top. The boys love smacking them as they ride through.
The total cost was $11 (including the dollar store sponges) and I think my boys would agree that it was $11 well spent.