I’m Lindsay, and my blog Diary of a Crafty Lady is my chance to document all the crazy crafts I do. I craft constantly and I love to look back on things I have done and improve my techniques and remember how things did and didn’t work. I am sure many of you can relate! This is my first guest blogging post – and I hope that you can learn something, and have the confidence to create your own one-of-a-kind sign!
I love handmade, personalized painted signs. I love how distressing them makes each one unique. I have been starting to decorate a big blank wall in my kitchen, and this is one of the signs that I decided to make for it! It is very simple, but looks like something you would buy in a boutique or online for buko bucks!
This one measures about 4.5″ tall and 22″ long.
Now is when you have to make some choices.
There are 3 ways to put words on this sign:
Option 1) After this first coat of paint is dry, put down vinyl letters, stickers, or contact paper that you have traced and cut. This will act as a barrier to your next coat of paint, keeping the words the red color. Ultimately you will peel them off. (I did not choose this option, because I wanted to distress the words and have the white coat of paint show through.)
Option 2) After painting the plaque the final top color, use vinyl that you cut with a machine, or contact paper that you cut by hand, and create a stencil. (This is the option that I chose.)
Paint inside the stencil, the color that you want the words to be.
Option 3) If you do not have a vinyl cutting machine, or the patience to cut a stencil, you can paint the words over the top by hand. I have done this many times before!
I have a quick example of this below: Print the words in the size and font you want, trace them onto the wood using chalk or pencil rubbings on the back of the paper, and paint inside your traced lines.
Whether you use option 1, 2 or 3, you will end up with something nice and crisp, like this! With option 2 and 3 you will have peeled off any vinyl or stickers, etc. that you used.
I used an electric sander for the edges, and hand sanded the top. If you used Option 2 or 3, then white paint will show through when you sand down the words. As you can see, by painting the red underneath, as the very first coat of paint, red shows through when you sand the edges – and really ties the whole sign together! Finish it by spraying it with a matte sealer.