Monogram Surname Plaque

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surname plaque

I found this great wall decor while junkin last week. It was already rustic and shabby, but well, I wasn’t sure what in the heck it was. It was screaming chalkboard to me, but I wanted to make something a little different for my entryway and I wanted something monogrammed. Here’s how I did it!

Monogram Surname Plaque


  • Acrylic paint in patina, white & grey
  • Sponges & brushes
  • A large 12in monogram 
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board
  • Spray glue 
  • Sand paper


DIY Surname wall artFirst I painted the board teal, sort of sloppy and thick, let dry. Paint two coats of  the white and let dry over night.

I chose a font in Word that compliments the large wood letter I used. Size and print out the name, est. and date. (Tip: when resizing on Microsoft Word you can just type in the size you want in the little box with the numbers in it, mine were 275 & 200.) I used regular printer paper, you can use card stock if you choose to.

Level and place your letters on the board and mark where you will place them. Next to make a stencil, I taped my words to an old cutting board. Take an X-acto knife and carefully cut out the black insides of the letters. (Tip: Make sure you use a font that has wide spaces within the letters. This makes it easier to cut out the letters and trim.

The fonts were “Trajan Pro” for the surname and “Cambria” for the bottom Established font. Now you have a custom stencil.

Take the stencil turn over and spray the paper with spray glue. Place the stencil on the marks you pre-made on the board. Smooth out the wrinkles and make sure it is snug against the board, so there will be no paint leaks. Take grey paint on a sponge and lightly tap it onto the stencil. I added two coats. **{If you are using regular printer paper remove it right away or it will stick and bleed}. Let the letters dry and then touch up if needed.

stencil with printer and paperFor the monogram large letter, first I roughed it up with a light grain sandpaper. Then added the grey paint using a sponge in one direction, to make it look like wood grain. I was going for a drift wood effect. Paint the edges and let dry. Then hot glue the letter into place.

Take your sandpaper and shabby up the plaque, revealing the teal and the red under coats. And that’s it! I love the rustic look!!

Surname Plaque with stencil

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  1. 6.12.12
    Jennifer said:

    So lovely!! Love how it turned out!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! Featuring this tomorrow!

  2. 6.2.12
    Natasha said:

    Love this!! love the colours!!!

    Natasha xx

  3. 5.29.12

    Featuring you on Facebook tonight <3
    Thanks again for linking up!

  4. 5.25.12
    Christina at I Gotta Create! said:

    WOW!!! I love how it turned out and am particularly fond of the colors you chose! Bravo! Thanks so much for linking up!
    <3 Christina

  5. 5.24.12
    Tami @ Curb Alert! said:

    Thanks for linking up to last week’s Friday Block Party. This weeks party link is live now. Hope you will join us again and link up!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  6. 5.24.12

    Very beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

  7. 5.24.12
    Kara said:

    I love this!! Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again this week.

  8. 5.23.12

    I absolutely love this cute plaque! I featured it on Hoo’s got talent! Thanks for linking up to the party!

  9. 5.23.12
    Home Decor DIY Craft said:

    Thank you for linking it up at our link party: As always, I love your ideas, and look forward what you’ll bring us this week, as a brand new party will open today!

  10. 5.21.12
    Tanya said:

    Here from Skip To My Lou, I love your project! Now following and enjoying checking out all of your wonderful ideas, very creative!

    Tanya :)

  11. 5.21.12
    Christine said:

    GOODNESS!!! I just adore it!!! I have to make some for my daughters!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
    I can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow :)
    Please don’t forget to put my button somewhere on your blog :)

  12. 5.20.12
    [email protected] Favorite Finds said:

    You’re being featured on Handmade Tuesdays next week!

  13. 5.20.12
    Katherines Corner said:

    I think this looks terrific. I love the gray too, it is subtle and even a bit elegant . I think it’s wonderful. Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things linky party xo

  14. 5.19.12
    thegunnysack said:

    So cute! I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this today!

  15. 5.19.12
    Tami @ Curb Alert! said:

    This turned out so cute, I love anything personal and monogrammed. Please join us in linking up at our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! The link is open all weekend.
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  16. 5.18.12

    Your plaque looks amazing and absolutely beautiful with your table! Loving the grey and white!

  17. 5.18.12

    This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  18. 5.18.12

    Kim! You are just too, too talented. This is just lovely, I can see a big ‘C’ on one in my house. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with everyone at our Pin’inspiration Party. You are truly appreciated.

  19. 5.18.12
    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said:

    I really like this! I pinned it yesterday. Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays Party.

  20. 5.18.12
    Rachel said:

    I’m loving this! It turned out great.

  21. 5.17.12
    Carolyn @ My Simple MESSterpiece said:

    I love your plaque! That is too darn cute. You did a great job!

  22. 5.16.12

    Can shabby look classy? In my opinion it can!!! I love this shabby but classy plaque!!!

  23. 5.16.12

    I have a plaque that is very similar to this and now I know what to use it for!! :) Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

  24. 5.16.12
    Jenny said:

    I love the rustic look of it. It looks perfect in your entryway. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

  25. 5.16.12
    Jessica said:

    I love this idea. You did a wonderful job!

    Chapman Place

  26. 5.16.12

    Love this!!! Thanks! New follower! [email protected]

  27. 5.16.12

    Love this… I’m so going to make one of these for my home…


  28. 5.16.12
    Mandy said:

    Kim, this turned out fabulous! Love the shape of the plaque. Great find. Thanks so much for sharing this at Project Queen’s Link Party!

  29. 5.15.12
    Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said:

    This is great. I love the way it turned out. I have been thinking about doing a monogrammed plaque for over my door in my entery way, and you have now convinced me to do it! Great job!

  30. 5.15.12
    Becki Jo said:

    OK, Girl !!! You know that I would love one of those…. Of course “Purvis … Est 1981” …gosh… you’ve been around for a long time too!!