It’s no secret, BHLDN is a shop full of gorgeous pretties that we all lust after. The minute I saw these table numbers, I thought, “I can totally do that!” Although they aren’t that expensive at BHLDN, at $10 each, I was curious what it would cost in materials to make it myself. The answer? About $5. For me, I love pretty projects, so the cost wasn’t my purpose. They are super easy to make, and most of the time is spent in the cutting. I made a trip to Lowe’s and bought their pre-cut and pre-sanded wood planks. The one I used is 3/8″ x 4″ x 24″ in size. I also picked up 2 square dowels, one a 1/4″ and the other a 3/8″. (The BHLDN stake uses a round post, but I liked the look of the square one. You can do either.)
The first thing you need to do is to cut your big pieces into little ones. I used a table saw and used guides locked in place, so it was a breeze and took about 10 minutes. If you don’t have a table saw kicking around, you can easily ask a friend, neighbor or hire (a.k.a offer to bake something delicious in exchange) a local carpenter to help you. I cut my plank into 4″ squares. The 1/4″ dowel was cut into two 4″ lengths and two 3 1/2″ lengths so that the frame lines up perfectly. Obviously, I made lots of these little puppies at once, which is why my pile of sticks has more than 4 pieces. The 3/8″ dowel I cut in half so it stands tall enough when placed in my centerpiece.
From here on out, it’s child’s play! I used a jar of paint that I had mixed for another project to messily paint mine (giving it that worn look.) If you don’t have paint lying around, just pick up a bottle of acrylic paint from your local hobby store. The one I used here is a mix of white, orange, red and black….it really is like adult size kindergarten. Then I painted the front side only (very important) of the 4″ square of wood with chalkboard paint. I was careful to not get it on the edges because after it is assembled, I painted the edges the same color as the frame. I like things to be done neatly.
That being said, when I glued it together, I made sure to not be 100% neat with it so that I could show you that you do not have to be perfect. Oh, yes, I really did glue the whole thing together with carpenter grade wood glue (which I think just means it comes in a big bottle.) I put a line of glue right along the edge, then placed the longest side of my frame on the chalkboard. See how my glue squeezed out the edge? I just held the dowel in place and wiped the excess glue off with a paper towel. Genius. Finish up gluing each side. A little trick: put the glue directly on the dowel and then gently press another dowel on top of the glue, allowing them to share the glue. This helps to ensure that you use just the right amount of glue to avoid that drippy side.
Next, glue the 3/8″ dowel to the back, let it dry, paint your edges and back, and you are done! The last thing you do is write your table number on your fabulous BHLDN style stake! And chalk down another project well done.