I first bought a large sheet of plywood from Lowe's, and sanded the entire thing using our random orbital sander with a course, 60-grit sandpaper.
I focused mainly on the edges of the plywood and sanded them until they were rounded and smooth to touch. I didn't want anyone to get splinters while handling it.
Then, I applied two coats of primer to the front and back of the plywood. I've been using Zinsser primer for all of my recent house projects, and so far, it's worked out great! It dries quickly and has great coverage.
Ready to paint!
Virginia Tech's colors are maroon and orange. Using leftover paint from our bonus room project, I coated both the front and back of the scoreboard with four coats of Olympic's "Merlot" in satin finish. Olympic's "Premium One" paint + primer combo covers extremely well and I probably would've gotten away with just two coats of paint, but I wanted to make sure that the scoreboard could survive a heavy beating at the hockey rink.
Once the scoreboard was dry and good to go, I brought it inside the house and started stenciling letters onto it using a pack of mailbox stencils from Lowe's. This was a time consuming process, but I wanted the scoreboard to look as professional as possible.
To do this, I traced the outline of each stencil onto the scoreboard with a pencil. I also free-handed two Virginia Tech logos on the front and back of the scoreboard to add some interest.
Once all of the stencils were traced, I filled in each letter and logo using a small acrylic brush and leftover white paint from our crown molding projects. Each letter took three coats of paint and a lot of patience, but was well worth the effort!
The next step is something that I neglected to document with a camera. :)
The layout of the front of the scoreboard consisted of blank areas and stenciled titles that said HOME, VISITOR, and PERIOD. I wanted the scorekeeper of each hockey game to be able to record not only each team's score, but the period and the names of each team, as well. Therefore, I taped the outlines of boxes for each section and filled the boxes in with four coats of chalkboard paint. This was the first time I've used chalkboard paint, and it turned out great!
Once the chalkboard paint was dry and the painter's tape was removed, I covered both the front and back of the scoreboard (except for the chalkboard sections, of course) with four coats of polyurethane in a glossy finish. As far as I was concerned, this scoreboard was going to be able to survive a hurricane!
Here is the finished product:
Since I had plans to hang it on the rink's chain-link fence, I wanted to make sure that the back of the scoreboard also served as an advertisement for the league.
To be able to actually hang the scoreboard onto the fence, I then needed to drill holes into each corner of the the plywood and affix the scoreboard using four carabiners. Therefore, I drilled a pilot hole into the scoreboard with a small drill bit, as demonstrated below.
Then, I bored larger holes with a bigger drill bit. This reduced the amount of "biting" that the drill bit would make on the surface of the scoreboard.
Finally, it was time to play some hockey!
I received many compliments and thank you's from the guys during this past Sunday's games. They loved the scoreboard and were very appreciative of it. I know that it will get a lot of use during this spring season.
This was such a fun project, and I enjoyed taking a break from house renovations!
You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:
Monday: Boogieboard Cottage, Burlap and Denim, C-R-A-F-T, Craft-O-Maniac, DIY Home Sweet Home, Everything Under the Moon, Get Outta My Head Please, The Girl Creative, The Graphics Fairy, Mad in Crafts, Making the World Cuter, Our Delightful Home, Polish the Stars, Serendipity and Spice, Sew Can Do, Sew Happy Geek, Skip to My Lou, Thrifty Decor Chick, Too Much Time on My Hands; Tuesday: A Bowl Full of Lemons, Cherished Bliss, Coastal Charm, Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, I'm Topsy Turvy, Jillify It, The Kurtz Corner, Mommy By Day Crafter by Night, Nap Time Creations, Natural Nesters, Not Just a Housewife, Sugar Bee Crafts, Sweet Little Gals, Tales of a Trophy Wife, Tip Junkie, Today's Creative Blog; Wednesday: Free Pretty Things for You, Ginger Snap Crafts, Home Happy Home, JAQS Studio, Let Birds Fly, The NY Melrose Family, Rae Gun Ramblings, The Sasse Life, Sew Much Ado, Sew Woodsy, Someday Crafts, Southern Lovely; Thursday: A Creative Princess, A Glimpse Inside, Crafty, Scrappy, Happy, House of Hepworths, Just Winging It, Made in a Day, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Somewhat Simple, Thrifty Decorating, Yesterday on Tuesday; Friday: 2805, The Answer is Chocolate, Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo, Creation Corner, Finding Fabulous, Fingerprints on the Fridge, The Grant Life, Happy-Go-Lucky, Mom 4 Real, My Simple Home Life, Not So Functional Housewife, Not Your Ordinary Recipes, One Artsy Mama, Perfectly Imperfect, The Rooster and the Hen, Simply Designing, Tatertots and Jello, Whipperberry, Young and Crafty; Saturday: Be Different... Act Normal, Candace Creations, Funky Junk Interiors, It's Overflowing, It's So Very Cheri, Nutmeg Place; Sunday: The Crafty Cowgirl, Embellishing Life with Homemade Goodness, Flamingo Toes, G*Rated, Nifty Thrifty Things