Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reclaimed Wood and Burlap Sign

I was asked to make a sign for some good friends to hang by their front door, and I couldn't wait to get started!

The old barn wood came from Porter Barn Wood, an awesome place in Downtown Phoenix to buy old, reclaimed wood; they get it from all over the country and their prices are reasonable.

First things first, I needed to take apart the wood in order to cut it and reuse it again. That meant bending back all the old nails and pulling them out.

For the back of the sign, I used some 3/4 inch plywood that I had left over from a previous project (one of the benefits of keeping all your scrap wood!)

I cut a piece of burlap a couple inches longer on all sides, then steamed it to get all the fold lines and wrinkles out.

Using this general purpose adhesive spray, I attached the burlap to the plywood.

Then, I flipped it over and stapled the burlap to the back with my heavy duty staple gun. I folded the edges over and pulled the material tight, almost like wrapping a gift.

Back to the frame, I used my compound miter saw to make 45 degree cuts on the ends for corners.

After making sure all my cuts were the right lengths and everything fit well together, I used wood glue and my nail gun to attach the frame to the plywood.

To give it a more rustic look, I used the old nails that I had pulled out of the reclaimed wood and cut them down so I could put them back in the nail holes.

The old nails with chipped paint added a nice touch! I hope my friends love their new sign!


  1. This is wonderfully rustic! And the nails add the perfect touch. I love it! -Heather

  2. You never cease to amaze me! Looking forward to following your blog 😘