We picked up a pine sign plaque from a hobby store, and then some hooks from the local hardware store. After some quick staining, sealing, and screwing in the hardware (I opted for slightly smaller than the stock screws so they wouldn't go through the other side), the sign was ready for some customization.
|Cutting out the stencil|
|Trace the stencil with the knife again for easy removal|
After tracing with the knife and removing the stencil and tape, it was ready for a layer of paint. This is just a craft-acrylic paint laid down over the tape stencil.
|Careful scraping can remove the stray paint.|
When removing the tape, I found it very useful to trace around the stencil with the exact o-knife again. This separated the paint on the wood from the paint on the tape. Hence, the tape was much less likely to peel up any paint with it (the 's' above suffered while I figured this out - but I'll just say it's an antique look).
|The finished product!|
|It's practical too!|
This was a pretty quick, cheap, and unique project that really adds some nice personality to the entrance by the door. Now for the usual breakdown:
- Sandpaper, stain, sealant, acrylic paint.
- Screwdriver / drill
- Tools: Used our existing stock.
- Supplies: $8 (sign) $10 (hardware)
- Total: $18