Monday, March 14, 2011

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 :-))

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 1x10' 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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11 comments:

Nadine In Nevada said...

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

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

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!

Chris said...

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

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

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

Dawn said...

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

Jennie said...

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)

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

Ooh, looking forward to the reveal!

Anonymous said...

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

reasonstoskipthehousework said...

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

4littlepilgrims said...

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.:)

Your Blissful Day said...

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

 
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