DIY Coffee Plaque

DIY Coffee Plaque

Hi Friends, and Happy Monday! We have a GREAT new DIY project for you to start out your week! What do you do when you have a broken rake? Make a plaque out of it, OF COURSE! We recently broke our rake, and instead of throwing it away…we decided to Up-Cycle it! My grandparents are Up-Cyclers too (where did y’all think we learned it?). And since Father’s Day was right around the corner, we decided to make a gift out of it for our sweet Paw Paw! 

We have seen rakes used as wine glass holders, and key holders too, but my Paw Paw LOVES COFFEE! So, we decided to use it as a mug holder. He is actually the reason why I love coffee so much. He used to give me “coffee milk” when  I was little, and I have been hooked ever since. 😉

For this project, we decided to use some 100 year old pine, tongue and groove floor boards for our backing. This was very sentimental for us to use because they came from a home that we took down in order to recover all of the beautiful lumber that it was built from. And my Paw Paw came to help us during that time. So, this was our little way of saying thank you to him, because the process that we went through to get this flooring was NOT EASY.

So, here are our step-by-step instruction on how we made this piece:

1. We first cut our planks down to size, planed, sanded, and thoroughly cleaned them and the rake. Since this would be home to coffee mugs, we did not want this piece to be contaminated in any way.

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2. After laying our boards out, we lightly painted our red on. We used Sherwin Williams Latex paint in “Red Tanager”.  This was actually one of the wonderful samples that we purchased during their BOGO event at Lowe’sWe did not apply a thick coat since we still wanted to see some of the beautiful wood and grain underneath.

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3. Once our paint was dry, I laid out our letters and stenciled them on with Valspar Antique White Latex Paint. When stenciling, make sure you DO NOT have too much paint on your brush or it will bleed underneath the stencil. Also, dab it on using short up and down motions. If you would like to darken your lettering, apply a light coat, and once it dries, apply another. We intentionally did not apply a thick coat of paint for our lettering because we wanted ours to look weathered.

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4. We also spray painted our rake and set it aside to dry while we working on our plaque. This gave it a new, fresh, clean finish.  We used Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in “Oil Rubbed Bronze”.

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5. As soon as our lettering was dry, we applied a coat of Rustoleum java Brown Glaze over the entire piece. Then lightly wiped the excess off. This gave it a GORGEOUS rustic/aged look to our piece. And we LOVE how it gets into all of the cracks, crevices, and brings out the wood grain.

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5. We then applied Titebond wood glue to each piece and inserted each tongue and groove portion into one another and locked them into place. Once we had each piece attached, we clamped them together and allowed to dry overnight.

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6. The following morning, we removed our clamps and attached 2 backing strips onto the back of our plaque. This is where we attached our hangers. 

7. We then fully sealed front, back, and sides with Minwax Satin Polyurethane.

8.  Then we simply added 3 screws in order to hold our rake in place and slid it on. (One on top middle, and one one the right and left so the rake does not swing)

And here is our finished product!

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