I've known that I wanted to hang something in this spot since we moved in and I've been searching, but haven't found anything that fit.
– piece of wood cut to size (I used old barn wood) – stencil (or make your own) – paint – brush – sandpaper
The first problem was that the wood was rough and flaky with a very uneven surface.
So I bit the bullet and I bought a stencil on Etsy. There's a ton of sellers who offer these and most will customize them to the size you need.
I centered the stencil, using some painter's tape to keep everything straight, and started to paint.
After I was done painting, I carefully removed the stencil and let the paint dry.
Once dry, I went over some of the letters with fine sand paper, just to give it more of a rustic look.
Then I added the picture hangers and hung it up.