Restyle4Life

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DIY Wooden Sign Window Valance

on April 7, 2016

I was looking for a way to hide the top of my roller blinds on my kitchen window. I have seen hand painted wooden signs all over the place lately and I LOVE them. I knew this would be the perfect solution.

I don’t have any curtains on the window and I don’t plan on installing any. Here’s what I did with a piece of wood from a pallet.

After giving it a light sanding and painting a coat of chalk paint, I took some sand paper and lightly distressed it.

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I wanted to use a couple of different fonts. I work in Word but didn’t like any of the standard fonts. You can download any kind of font from the internet (for free). It’s amazing what you can find with a little help from Google. All you have to do is download the font and it will appear in your fonts list in Word. Like this:

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You’ll have to choose the size for your font and here’s how you do that. Most fonts that you use for standard typing are around 10-12 point. You’ll need something WAY bigger than that.

My pallet was 5″ wide, so I chose to print my words out so that they would be 3″ tall. In order to do that, you’ll have to figure out which font size equals 3 inches. 1 inch is equal to 72 point, so for my 3″ tall words, I used 216 point. Now I don’t think it’s an exact science because all fonts are slightly different. For example 12 point Arial may look different than 12 point Calibri.In the picture below, each of these fonts are 12 point but you can see that one looks a lot bigger than the other. I’m not on expert on these things though so if anyone knows how this really works or what the science is behind it, please share.

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You’ll want to print your words out. Black and white is fine. I used landscape orientation as some of the words I chose were longer than others. If it doesn’t all fit on one line, don’t worry. Just print them out and you can always and cut and position in place.

What you choose for your sign it totally up to you. I wanted a biblical verse that would remind me to be grateful every day but it can be anything you like!

Mine is “In everything give thanks.” which is from 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

After you’ve got the words printed out, lay them out on your board and play around a bit until you find the placement that looks best.

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Next, you’ll need to transfer the letters onto your wooden sign. I searched and found several different methods for doing this. Some covered the entire back of the paper in either chalk, charcoal or pencil before tracing the letters. Others even printed the words out backwards-there are so many methods you’ll find if you’re researching this. However, the best method that I could come up with was to use carbon paper. Since I didn’t have any of that, I figured I’d use something I DID have-pattern tracing paper! Of course!

Just slip the tracing paper underneath the word to trace. It helps to secure the print outs with tape where you can. Using a sharp pencil or pen, trace the outline of the letters. You don’t have to press super hard. Just make sure to peek underneath to see if everything is transferring.

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Looking pretty good so far.

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Everything’s traced and ready for paint. I used a fine artist brush-just something I had lying around and some leftover paint that we used for my son’s room and carefully painted the letters in. I am not the steadiest or most patient person for doing this but I got through it.

After I was done and everything was dry, I gave it a quick coat of clear wax and Mr. Restyle added brackets to the back for hanging.

I then noticed that the word “THANKS” was crooked! Argh! And maybe my words were a little too spaced apart from each other. Oh well. I debated redoing it and then I thought, what the heck. It’s not supposed to look perfect. It’s a handpainted sign!

Here it is all hung up. He hasn’t put the blinds back up yet and the pictures were taken at night but I really like it. I plan to do another one for the family room. It’s a much bigger window and will require about 3 or 4 pallet boards.

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One response to “DIY Wooden Sign Window Valance

  1. Rude Record says:

    I admire your patience to re-create something beautiful like this window treatment. Thank you as always for the inspiration Vee. And good to know you are back blogging.

    Liked by 1 person

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