My dad has been working hard to finish painting and decorating my nieces room while she’s away on vacation. The window in her room had no framing, so he decided to make one from poplar. After cutting and sanding down all of the pieces, he put them up around the window and then sent me this photo
“Do you think you could burn Charlotte’s name into that bottom board? I think that would be a great touch!”
Of course I said yes! He took the entire frame off (he’s decided he’s going to stain the wood, not just paint it), and he gave me the larger bottom board to burn.
I finished burning it this morning, and hopefully he’ll have it stained and finished so that it’s up by tomorrow night when she gets home. He’s already painted the wall a pale purple color, and once he gets the stained and hung bottom panel I burned put back on the wall, I will share a picture of the entirely completed project. It’s fun doing collaborations!
Poplar is so far my favorite wood to burn. Here is a progress shot:
I found a font I liked (perfectly named Charlotte, too!) and using the measurements for the burnable space (36 inches long by 6 inches high) I sized the font to the right height and printed it out on several pages of paper. I then taped the pages together so that I could have one large stencil, carefully centered it on the board, and used carbon paper to trace the design onto the wood.
Does anyone know of another way to transfer a design onto wood?!
This doesn’t feel like the easiest way to go about it. I mean, it works just fine, it’s just super time consuming. If this is the best way, I can live with that. It really isn’t hard to do. Like I said, it’s just time consuming. The biggest drawback to it is that if the carbon paper smudges onto the wood, it won’t erase. The only way to get rid of smudged spots that I’ve found to work is to sand it down with a fine grit paper.
Anyway, thanks for looking!
ETA: my dad stained it already and has it up!