Monday, May 24, 2010

Welcome Post

I saw this idea here and I knew that this was just the weekend project for me. This project served a couple of different purposed for me. 1. To beautify my front porch and 2. to desperately learn how to use some power tools so that I wouldn't constantly be nagging the BF to help me with all my projects. And I can tell you... Mission Accomplished!

I went to the Home Depot and picked up the following items:
1 4X4 piece of wood
1 Decorative 4X4 Trim Piece (you can find these by all of the decking supplies)
1 4X4 Base Piece
1 Set of silver hooks
First, I used the table saw to cut my wood to the heigth I wanted it (3 foot). I was happy after this step, I still had all my fingers and toes! And... on a serious note...this probably isn't the best cutting position or apparel, but it served us well for the photo op!
After that, I used wood glue to attach my trim pieces to the post. I wanted to make sure that it was sturdy, so I also used the nail gun and put in a few small nails into both the top and bottom.
Thenext step was to make the sign that would hang on the post. We had some scrap pieces of MDF in the garage, so I used a jigsaw to cut a piece. When I got the size that I liked best I clamped it to the table and drilled two holes in the top for my wire to hang. I already had some picture hanging wire, so that is what I used.
Then I spray painted both my post and sign. For the sign I used chalkboard paint. Then I impatiently waited for it to dry, mostly, and used the Dremel to sand down the edges.
I'm in love! I think it has a perfect home right in front of the door!

I'm excited to change out the sign with the seasons!


  1. Jennifer,
    THAT IS AWESOME! I want to make one! The chalkboard paint is awesome, and I love the idea of changing it out for the seasons.

    Any problems with it falling over?

  2. Thank you! I haven't had any problems yet. The base was made to fit that size wood. The only thing to make sure of it that it is level (we actually didn't check, but luckily it was!!). It is also right up against my house, so I don't think much wind is directly hitting it. You should make one! I think it would look great in a color too, but my front door is red so I didn't want to make it too funky!

  3. That is a great project. It turned out so cute too. Love it!


  4. really cute post. I like that you painted chalk board paint for the sign.

  5. How much did this post end up costing you?