When I saw this scoreboard in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog a few months back I tore it out (this was before I discovered Pinterest!) and knew I would do it "someday".
Well, that "someday" has come!
Last weekend while my husband was out of town, I got to work on this little project.
First things first... Wood!
I used some scrap plywood we'd been saving in the garage.
I measured the area the sign would hang and cut the plywood to size (4' x 3') using my jigsaw.
I chose to use the knotty side of the plywood to give it a little more character & spray painted it green.
When working with spray paint your colors are pretty limited so if I were doing it again I would have hand painted with a color closer to the PBK inspiration photo. I just like it better.
Once it was dry I used painters tape to mark my lines for the scoreboard. This is where the measure twice, tape once rule would have come in handy! After painting the middle line & ripping the tape off I realized that the two 'boxes' weren't the same size. My mom had come into town and we tried it again, this time successfully!
I created stencils for all the letters and numbers using my Silhouette machine. That little machine was AMAZING for this project.
Using a sponge brush I got to work. Tip: Use a rounded sponge brush for this. I just didn't have one on hand.
For the changeable score plaques I used paper templates to figure out how big they needed to be.
Then I used those templates to cut out the rectangles with my jigsaw & mitre saw. We then gave them a quick coat of spray paint.
Once they dried, I used my silhouette again to create the score stencils and painted them on. We drilled a small hole in the top of each piece of wood for the jute rope to slip through. Mom made a knot at one end with a loop to hang on the nail.
Last thing was to tape off the edge and paint a white border all around the scoreboard.
I nailed small nails in each of the Visitor/Home sections so that I could hang the score for each inning. Once I had them where I wanted them I tied a knot on the front of the plaque and trimmed the excess jute rope. I'm wondering how long it will take my 3 year old to figure out that these things can move (and be lost!). :)
He's pretty proud of the thing and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. There are a few imperfections that bother me when I look at it, but overall the end result was exactly what I was going for. So, don't wait... Take those inspiration photos you've been Pinterest-ing and go for it!
UPDATED:I've had several questions about this project in the comments so I wanted to try and answer as best I could.
1. Do you take orders?
Yes! I would love to create a custom scoreboard. The charge is $325. Remember it's a large piece... So the bulk of this is for shipping. (Shipping costs over $175 will be added on to the total).
I will also sell the stencils if you want to create your own. The charge for that is $35 (includes postage).
2. What font did you use?
It's called Copperplate Gothic
3. What's the wall color?
It's Sherwin Williams Whole Wheat
4. What are your margins/letter sizes, etc?
See the photo below... :)
Let me know if I missed any of your questions...
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