Shanty Stenciled Sign

Hey guys!
Hope you all had a great weekend.  I spent mine with the fam and about 74839274 loads of laundry. Ashley and I have joked before about how we should post our folded laundry piles as our latest DIY projects.  You girls would be so impressed :-))
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My latest space to tackle has been this blank space between my kitchen and living room.
It’s a very long, blank space that catches my eye a lot.  I thought it could use a little something.  I decided to make a sign for it.
Because I am no free hand artist I started by purchasing a roll of Contact Paper.
I made my stencils using my Silhouette.  For those of you that have a Silhouette, this is my new favorite material for stencils!  I cut it on the same settings at vinyl and it was a perfect cut!
For the sign itself I decided to use a 1×10′ board from Lowe’s.  I gave it a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum Heirloom White and let it dry.  I picked a board with lots of knots and imperfections because I wanted it to look good and shanty.
After cutting my letters, I used the letter itself to space it on the sign like this.
Cute font??  I used a free font called Clarendon BT.  Love it!  And without having to use a cartridge I saved lots of time and money!
Once I had my letter placed I put the outline piece around it.
Then, I peeled the letter off!
I used my favorite acrylic paint…
…And used a stencil brush to paint on my letter.
Drying…
Here it is dry just before I shantied it up a bit.
I wanted my new sign to look old (the hubby still doesn’t understand this concept) so I used a 3M 220 grit sanding block to lightly sand over the letters.  I LOVE the result.
My final step is to distress my edges a bit and get this baby on the wall.  I will show you guys that in my next post!  Thanks for stopping by!  I’m back to laundry ;-)
~Whitney

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  • http://lawlesswildthings.blogspot.com/ Connie

    Love the sign. Laughing with you about the husbands. I am for ever telling my dh it doesn’t need to be square………. I am not going to sand this down for two months and stain it for another month…. give me the paint!

  • Your Blissful Day

    Great homemade sign! Can't wait to see it hung up.

  • 4littlepilgrims

    Can't wait to see what yours is going to say! I just recently did one with the name of my town on it. I love painting, especially anything on wood. I enjoy reading your blog so much, y'all always make such cute things.:)

  • reasonstoskipthehousework

    I LOVE it! And it's fresh and Springy! I'd love for you to link up at my new Tuesday Time Out!

    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com/2011/03/tuesday-time-out-link-up-party.html

    Smiles,
    Melanie
    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Really enjoy your website! Looking forward to seeing the completed sign.

  • Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D

    Ooh, looking forward to the reveal!

  • Jennie

    I just might have to totally copy your little sign. I have a wall just like that in between my kitchen and living room. This would be cute. Can't wait to see it:}

    Jennie (Cinnaberry Suite)

  • Dawn

    i have a space like that too-can't wait to see it all finished!

  • Sarah @ The Bird’s Papaya

    can't wait to see it finished.
    I was also a little in love with that contact paper! how gorgeous!

  • Chris

    I hear ya on the hubby not getting it, only for me it's my parents. They FREAK out when I paint wood, lol

  • Korrie@RedHenHome

    Ahhh! I am thrilled with your idea to use contact paper for stenciling! That's got to be WAY less expensive than the vinyl. Thanks for a great tip!

  • Nadine In Nevada

    LOVE IT. I can't wait to see the finished sign as I have one of those spots in my house too.