DIY Decorative Wood Sign
Create your own decorative wood sign with these simple steps
It seems like every time I go to Michaels, scroll through Pinterest, or visit a friend’s house (cough, cough… Cyn!) I instantly want to redecorate my entire house. Then the realistic side in me kicks in and I try to find something simple that will make a big impact (with only a bit of effort). That is where my adventures in making decorative signs began…
I love using chalk paints for my projects. They are really easy to use, incredibly versatile, and they aren’t very stinky! I am obsessed with Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paints because they are all natural (only 5 ingredients), no VOCs, and the best part for me… I can mix up the milk paint into a stain or a paint depending on how much water I use. The mason jar on the far left is the colour curio from Miss Mustard Seed. I made this into a stain by using one part curio to two parts water.
Let the stain dry fully. If you are unsure, check the temperature of the board with your hand. If it is cold to the touch, give it a few more minutes or if your hand is now covered in paint, you need a
glass of wine longer break.
After the stain is dry, I used a dry brush and the colour vanilla frosting from Country Chic Paint. Wiping the brush on a paper towel will help to remove some of the excess paint before painting the sign. I slowly built up the pigmentation of the white paint until I was happy with it. I can sometimes get carried away with this step… a little brush here a little brush there… and ta-da my sign is white. While I was working on this sign, my
annoying loving husband gave his own helpful suggestions on how much paint I should add. It is always nice having a second set of eyes on a project (as long as they agree with you in the end).
Now the fun part! While my board was drying, I quickly designed the stencil on my computer. I used Times font for the last name and MF I Love Glitter font for the first names. You can download these fonts directly from dafont. My silhouette portrait quickly cut out the stencil on some left over vinyl. If you do not have a cutting machine, then I would suggest using this method to apply the last name. I used my favourite transfer paper, clear Con-Tact paper, to place the vinyl stencil in place. It helps having a second set of eyes for this part too!
Using a stippling brush, I slowly filled in all the letters with the liquorice chalk paint from Country Chic Paint. By using a stippling brush and a small amount of paint you, fingers crossed, will not end up with any paint bleeding under the stencil.
Now that the last name is dry you can add your second stencil. This is one of my favourite fonts and I have used it in all of my recent projects! In order to get the heart in the middle and the extra long swiggles on each side (yes that is the technical term for them) you need to enter this: [ name _ name ]
Then I used the same technique as before but with the colour Bliss from Country Chic. Now stipple, stipple, stipple until you can’t stipple any more!
Every time I look at this picture I say, ahhhhhh. Is it just me, or is it so satisfying removing a stencil and seeing crisp clean lines underneath.
Here is the final product! You can cover it with hemp oil, wax, or just leave it as is. I chose to leave it without any top coat because it is just a decorative item in my house. If it was going outside, I would add a layer of hemp oil to protect the paint. I am planning on hanging my sign on a future wall mural (another
thing I am stealing inspiration I got from Cyn’s house).
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