I lightly sanded the boards down and stained some of them.
I took some of the left over blue paint I had and added some water then brushed it on some of the boards as well to give it a slight blue tint. I let them dry overnight.
I used some of the broken boards to attach them all and nailed them in place.
Instead of painting the words on I thought I'd sketch them out with chalk first before using a permanent method. I liked the chalk look so well that I left it alone!