REcycle: Entryway Post

Once upon a time, I lived in a house built in 1915 and the walls were fir wood that had grown 2 hundred years earlier. When we remodeled, I saved some of those old relics of bygone forests in Bellingham. On a whim, my husband and I decided to make a retro entryway greeting post for the holidays.

Here’s the final picture, and then the steps toward making one your own! Easy peasy.

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Get some wood to recycle. Our measurements were:
1 front face piece 10″ x 42″
2 side pieces 7.5″x 42
1 back piece 8″

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Put a layer of glue between boards and nail the face piece to the 2 side pieces. Then put the back piece inside the “pocket” of the side pieces to create a box.

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We created a base made of 2 pieces for the box to stand on. Stack them on top of each other and nail together–centering the smaller one in the middle. Turn box upside-down and nail base to the box.
14″x 11″
11″x 10″

Cut a piece for the top, or even two, for that layered effect.

14″ x 11″

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Then I made the sign. I had fun putting together some goofy stencils called “American People” and using my chevron stencil. I stained the wood first, a nice dark brown. I like the way the white paint and bits of orange stand out on the stained brown wood.

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The modern metal sheeting contrasts like crazy with the rustic wood–and the sign is silly fun. I’m a farm girl stuck in a modern house. I figured it represents me well at the door. Yes? Happy TG!

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10 thoughts on “REcycle: Entryway Post

  1. Nice! I live in a timber house that’s 120 years old. Those slow-grown pine weatherboards are still going great. The weatherboards on the 1990’s extension, by contrast, are half-rotted. Old wood is good wood!

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