Shanty Stenciled Sign
March 14, 2011 By
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 :-))
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.
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 😉
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