Step 1- Buy a piece of white board wood from your local home improvement store. I bought a piece that was 1" thick, 8" tall and 6 feet long. Total cost, under $6.
Step 2- Cut the board to fit the space you want to use it in. I used a chop saw, turned it over and chopped again. Basically I didn't want to wait for my husband to get home and cut it for me with a circular saw.
Step 4- Once dry, take a candle and rub it all over the stained piece of wood. This will cause the paint to rub off more easily when it is time to distress. I used this method for my kitchen cabinet painting as well, it worked like a charm.
Step 5- Paint the board white. Again, I used latex I had on hand and a brush. It was not perfect, I wasn't too worried about perfect.
Step 6- Print out the letters for your text. I set my font effect to "outline" so I wouldn't waste ink. Tape it to your board.
Step 7- Using a ball point pen, trace your letters pressing firmly. This will indent the wood. White board is very soft, so this method is very effective. If you are using a harder wood you may need a different transfer method. I have read you can use newspaper in between and it will transfer.
Step 8- Paint your letters. You will need good light to see the indentions you made and small brushes. I used a black enamel paint because it was what I had on hand. I am sure using vinyl or making stencils with card stock and an exacto-knife followed by spray paint would give you a more even product. I was using what I had on hand and I wasn't too worried about perfection.
PS- I did the "25 cents per load" part with a Sharpie marker.
Step 9- When everything is dry, sand it with a coarse piece of sandpaper until you are satisfied.
Step 10- Nail hanging hardware to the back. Make sure you measure down so they are evenly placed, otherwise you will have a very difficult time hanging it level.
Step 11- Hang and enjoy!
If I did this again I would try doing a three layer effect with a dark stain, turquoise paint then white paint so some blue would show through. Please post a link if you have done something similar or decide to give this a try!