I have been meaning to finish this little home decor project for a long time. An embarrasingly LONG time. Last year when I attended the SNAP! Conference, Poppyseed Projects offered a hands on class with some seriously cute wood signs and frames. I was helping a friend clean up from a previous class and I was a little late. By the time I got there, all the table space was gone. So I just stayed to hang out and chat with my blogging buddies, figuring I would do the project once I got home.
That was last spring. Yikes! Procrastinate much?
The original project had a really cool texture painted onto the board. But when I opened mine up, that side had a huge groove going down the middle. So I flipped mine over and decided to use the back. That explains why you see drips appearing to come from the back of my board. LOL!
This is the first time I have ever used a reverse stencil technique on a wood sign, and I was surprised at how easy it was. And I love the look of it! Mine is using a vinyl decal with birds, but I’ve seen some amazing ones with text or simple shapes as well.
Here’s how you can make your own sign. . .
Reverse Stencil Wood Sign Tutorial
-piece of wood for your board, cut to size
-vinyl decal or vinyl lettering
-paint (any type of paint, you need at least two colors)
Paint your board the color you want your stencil to be. It’s the color that will show up after you peel off your vinyl design. I used white latex paint, but craft or spray paint would work too. Pretty much anything you can cut with vinyl will work.
After the paint is thoroughly dry, apply your vinyl design (or text) to the wood sign. I used this adorable branch with little birds, and I have to say that I just love it!
Rub your vinyl on really well to prevent the topcoat of paint from bleeding underneath. You can’t prevent all of it if your board has imperfections, but just do your best. Then add a layer of paint. Again, I used latex.
After that layer of paint dries, carefully pull up your vinyl.
Mine bled under the vinyl just a tad in a couple spots. See that little spot on the bird’s tail?
Being the insane perfectionist that I am, I had to fill it using a tiny paint brush and some white paint. If you are a normal person, you can skip this step.
After that dried, I sanded the edges and did a light sanding over the top to soften up the lines and give it a slightly distressed look.
See how just a little of the top layer rubbed off, revealing the white underneath. Nice and vintage-y. Love!
I hung mine above the door between the kitchen and the laundry room. I love how it adds a pop of color up there!
Oh, by the way, I really am making progress on my kitchen, and I should be sharing the reveal very soon!