I'll show you how I made this. I painted my block (I picked this up from The Wood Connection) white, and then using my Cricut and Cricut Craft Room I cut some chevrons to use as a stencil. Then I took my gray paint and painted over the stencil. After that, I took the stencil off and distressed it with sand paper.
Once I got the words all done, I peeled up the vinyl stencil and distressed the words as well.