Friday, January 10, 2014

"H" is for Historical Plaque

Paint: diy historical plaque

This little plaque below is attached near the front door of our house.  It's significant because it pays tribute to the original owner of this home, Samuel Brown, who built the main part of our saltbox colonial somewhere around 1740.

The only problem is nobody uses the front door.  Like ever.
So my husband had the grand idea for me to replicate the plaque and hang it above the dining room mantel:

And now that the plaque is inside and larger it's also clearly legible:

It's a simple piece of 3/4" plywood framed out with 1x2 pine boards:

How to paint a plaque:

1. Determine size and print lettering to fit.
(I used Abraham Lincoln font in multiple points from 100 to 150.)

2. Place printout on plywood where you want the words to be and tape.
Using a ballpoint pen and lots of pressure trace around the outline of the letters:

3. The pressure from the pen creates an indent in the wood:

4. Paint on and inside the lines.
(I used white enamel.)

5. Add the 1x2 frame using wood glue and finish nails.

6. Stain the entire piece Minwax golden oak:

7. Add D rings and wire to hang.

I'm linking up to:
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. This is charming, Jaime! What a great idea to use this in your home.

  2. That looks really good Jaime and I love that idea too - what a wonderful keepsake and tribute to your home!