Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign

We have no excuse now. Our anniversary date is now on our living room wall.

The other day, Robert and I were actually having a conversation and, together, we completely blanked out on our anniversary date.

In a matter of 5 years, Robert finished his time in the Marines, we both graduated from college, started dating, got engaged, got married, started two new careers, had a baby, moved three times, and built a house. That’s a whole lotta life changes crammed into a short time frame. It’s no wonder the years are starting to run together.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

Since our gallery wall had one little blank space at the very top I’d been eager to fill, our anniversary date seemed like the perfect finishing touch.

Best of all, it cost me all of $4. Love it when that happens! Craft supply leftovers come to the rescue again.

If you ever get the urge to whip up a faux driftwood anniversary sign for yourself, here’s how I made ours: (Affiliate links are provided below and noted by asteriks.)

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

I happened to have almost an entire quart of this weathered gray stain leftover from our oversized antique map, and it was just begging to get used.

Over the past year from making our faux fireplace, window moldings, and bathroom plank wall, we’ve accumulated a nice little scrap wood pile too. (Our garage is a mad house, y’all. Not even sugar coating it.)

I pulled out the perfect sized pine plank and then…

beat the thing to a pulp!

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

I used both sides of a hammer and chain to rough up that wood. If you ever feel stressed out, go smack a piece of wood with some tools. You’ll feel better.

I already had a quart of this wood conditioner from our hallway hook rack, so I had nothing to lose really.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

I just followed the instructions on the back of the can to condition the wood. I think it really helped a lot to make the next step nice and even. After I swiped on the weathered gray stain and wiped it away one minute later, I had this gorgeous finish.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

For not being real driftwood, I’m pretty convinced with this stuff.

The only supply I had to buy for this project was a stencil set from the craft aisle of Walmart. (Cuz that’s where all the cool kids get their emergency craft supplies, ya know. I’m the chick dancing in the aisle singing this song.)

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

I wanted to save the stencils to use in the future, so I traced them with pencil instead of directly painting the numbers onto the wood. I taped them down before I traced.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

My artistically-challenged self managed to fill in the numbers with white craft paint.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

When the paint was dry, I gave the entire sign a once over with sand paper to fade the numbers, added the sawtooth hangers on the back, and that was it! So simple. And way cheap.

It looks right at home on our gallery wall now.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

Robert is really excited that there’s less of a chance he’ll be in the “doghouse” now that we have an anniversary reminder on the wall. Truth be told, I usually need the reminder more than he does.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

If you read yesterday’s post about how to discover your decor style, this wall was that “ah ha” moment for me. When we put up all of these photos in these thrifted, painted frames, something clicked.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

These frames have already been up a year, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at the pictures from some of our favorite moments from the past 5 years. Even though it’s been so fast-paced, it’s been a fun rollercoaster ride.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything, and trusting God through all of the ups and downs this far in our marriage makes me trust Him even more, no matter what is thrown our way in the future.

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | Bless'er House

This wall is that constant reminder of everything that’s most important to us, and it seems appropriate that it’s displayed in the very center of our house.

5 years ago, when my best friend asked me to marry him, I never could have imagined our life like it is now. I couldn’t have planned it better myself. Good thing I’m not the one in charge of the big plan.

This week, I’m heading to the Haven Conference in Atlanta to meet up with so many of the talented home/DIY bloggers from around the world. If you’re a Haven Maven, I cannot wait to see you!

Next week, I’ll be sharing two projects that I’m so ecstatic about along with all of the Haven deets. Until then, be sure to follow me on Instagram for all kinds of fun shenanigans.

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18 Comments

  1. Hi Lauren,
    I am ready to start planning and collecting for my wall. I was wondering if you did your pictures all in black and white or sepia or colour….is there a rule of thumb for that?

    1. Hi Judi! I did all black and white just because it created simplicity and continuity. But that’s totally up to your style. 🙂

  2. I love this idea! I made on for a coworker that just got married! I am so happy to send her a handmade gift instead of just a card.