It really all started with a trip to Menards. I can't remember what else I went to get, but somehow I got sidetracked and ended up walking past a scrap lumber pile. I love wood and especially stuff for $0.49 and $0.89. I was dreaming of a White Christmas and my own craft shop to play with all that scrap stuff, let me tell ya!
It's not like we really need any more wood in our enclosed back porch, but I couldn't resist a few pieces. Anyway... I found some tutorials on making chalk paint, not to be confused with chalkboard paint, and I wanted to try a rustic sign with the technique. I love the rustic barn board look and I was excited to see how this would turn out.
Mark it up to first experiences, but my chalk paint, did not go the way the tutorial described. Maybe different brands of paint work differently, but it took a few tries to get a nice smooth paint. Since then I found out that any paint with a primer already in it, does not work well. Hmmm. So if you are going to do the chalk paint thing, I suggest researching carefully.
Normally, making a stencil with the Cricut would be my preferred method, but I wanted big, bold letters in a font that I didn't have. I printed my letters in a very light gray, 675 point, Times New Roman, from the computer, transferred them to poster board and cut them out with a craft knife.
So here I'm starting to use my cut out pieces to see how things are going to fit.
After I had these all in position, I marked everything, put my stencil pieces down with some masking tape and using a sponge brush as my stencil brush, I painted my letters. I also masked off the edge for a border.
The letters didn't turn out perfect, but since I was distressing everything, it was all good. Here is how it's starting to look using 150 grit sandpaper.
After the distressing was finished I used a natural paste wax on everything to finish it. Red paint tends to bleed, so I kept rotating the rag so I wouldn't end up with pink letters.
Now I want to finish with with a jute bow and rusty jingle bells. Maybe I'll throw some winter greens, stove pipe wire or other things in the mix. I'll have to see what I can come up with. Thanks for joining me. Hope you'll try your own rustic sign!