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For over our bed I wanted to create something personalized and I finally decided to create our wedding date but in Roman Numerals.
I looked in my scrap wood pile that I have leftover from other projects and I found a good size board. It was 3′ long so I knew it would take up enough space above the headboard.
I wanted it distressed to feel a little old so I stained the board first before I painted it so when I sanded it to distress it the stain would show through and not the light pine.
After it was stained I used (Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting to paint it. I only did one coat because I knew I might paint it again once I put the numbers on it.
Using picmonkey.com I made my roman numerals. I ended up breaking them up into 4 pieces of paper, printing them, cutting them and taping them to board so they fit. Don’t forget to mirror the images so they are right once you transfer them onto your wood!
Using a damp brush I wet the back of the papers where it was printed. Then using the cap of a sharpie, I pressed where it was wet to transfer the ink.
I then traced over the letters with a black sharpie. You can also use paint of course. Now that they were filled in they were too dark but I knew that was going to be the case so I just did a quick coat of the Chalky finish paint over it again.
I distressed the board, using a my Dewalt power sander and roughed up the edges and tried to make some gouges in the wood and lettering. I thought the stain would show through instead of the pine but I guess my sand paper was a little too coarse. So I ended up going over the whole thing with Americana Decor’s Dark Wax to antique it.
I love the way it came out and how it seems to finish that wall
See how the sign looks in our bedroom now after we gave it a quick paint makeover!