How to make a bushel and a peck sign out of reclaimed lumber.
Do you remember when the tree fell on my house? It crashed through my very old and weathered privacy fence. It so happens, several sections had to be replaced. I, of course kept the old fence pieces.
Make a Reclaimed Lumber Sign
I used my sawzall to cut the braces apart, then used my circular saw to cut the fence boards. It is four boards by about 37 inches.
Whitewash Rustic Sign
I sort of did a whitewash on the boards using Glidden’s Crisp White Linen. Do you have a favorite "white"
So, I used a very old brush because the boards were very rough and had lots of places that snagged the brush. Because the boards were so weathered, they turned gray instead of white.
Bushel and a Peck Stencil
As I often do, I designed the stencil in my Silhouette program. I used the font BOSTON TRAFFIC (dafont.com) It was too large to cut out all at once, but I designed it and then moved the words where it would cut in two different sessions.
So, I cut the words I Love You a Bushel and a Peck etc. out of contact paper. Then, I peeled away the letters. The best thing about this font is that there were no “oodles” and “boodles” to work around.
edited to add: I have a new way of stenciling large signs like this. You can see a video with my step by step instructions in my post Repurposed Pallet Coffee Cup Rack.
I was very careful to burnish the edges so that there wouldn’t be a lot of “bleed”. Because I love them, I used one of Martha Stewart Foam Pouncers to paint the letters with Martha’s sample paint Francesca.
I Love You a Bushel and a Peck DIY sign
The paint covered a little too well.
I sanded it back a little. I LOVE how this sign turned out. My mom used to sing this song when I was little, and I sang it to jamie when she was a baby EVERY time I put her down to nap or bedtime. EVERY time! This will hang over the bed in the guest room, should I ever get it done. I still have quite a bit of fence left . . . hmmmm I wonder what is next?
Did you sing something special to your children?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.