This salvaged wood comes from our 1950s home as we remodel. Some pieces even had fingerprints from the original homeowner before we cleaned them. For this piece I white washed the wood but left it very rustic. While I've sanded away most splinters, I didn't want to sand away the character. Handle carefully should a few splinters remain. I then added the saying "Simply Blessed" in black paint. In keeping with the rustic nature of this piece, I've added rope for hanging. This piece is literally from my home to yours!