So like almost all my projects they are waiting for the magical day for stars to align and materials to be collected so original vision for piece can be carried out. For this shutter I honestly cannot even tell you how long I have had it but I know I got it at a flea market, which is always a great place to find some up-cycled treasure. Moved in little over a year ago to our new house and done nothing with my front porch but knew this upcycled shutter sign is the perfect centerpiece.
A reason this project sat for awhile is I was struggling with how to fix the slates as there were two rotted pieces that couldn’t be repaired leaving a large empty space. The plan came to a head when we ordered some chairs and the packaging material had 90 degree corner thick cardboard that looked like size slates if I cut it in half. As soon as I saw them I told my husband do not throw these out as I need them for a project. He went along with it as he usually does with my collection of potential projects constantly growing. Just avoid all that headache and only buy shutters with all the slates but if you are missing some craft board then cut to size because over time the cardboard warped (can get it at Michaels or Lowes).
Reusing furniture packaging worked perfect!
I could have done a better job matching texture using a cracked paint but that would have required another trip to a store so I went with it. I wanted to keep the distressed aged look but not a big fan of dark green as it just does not go with outdoor color scheme so I used a white spray paint. I didn’t completely cover the shutter because wanted to keep the vintage feel.
Now for the sign…. I got 6″inch letters from Michael’s that I determined would work best given how many letters I wanted to use and size of the shutter. I wanted to do a “welcome” sign because most generic and can be used year round!
I got a little excited/distracted and didn’t take a before picture but the letters where the typical plain wood pine letters you can buy from craft store. I already had some steel wool and apple cider vinegar stain ready to go and used that for the letters.
For more instructions on apple cider and steel wool please see these wonderful tutorial written by Lauren from Bless’er House. http://www.blesserhouse.com/2015/01/the-most-natural-inexpensive-way-to.html
I wanted to make sure the letters were removable in case I wanted to change the sign with seasons or holidays so I used a updo-bobby pin that has a wider opening than normal bobby pin making it perfect shape to slide and hold on to slate of shutter. I used the wire cutters leaving about a half inch on one side then using staple gun to secure smaller side to top of letter. If you do not push down hard enough when stapling you can use hammer to tighten the staple around the pin. Make sure your lettering is thick enough so staple does not go through as this happened on other thinner letters I tried to use.
After secured you can mold pin to desired angle that best helps letter sit on slate and voilà you have a DIY patio shutter letter sign with endless options to complete your outdoor porch decor! Stay tuned for my updated sign with change of seasons.
Thanks for reading and happy sign making!
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