Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thrifted to Displayed

Thrifted. Repurposed. Painted. Stencilled. Displayed.

Quick project (except I had to go to Michaels for the stencil) plus search (in the back yard shed) for a piece of wood. The carol singers and kitten (both thrifted) joined in for the vignette.

The 'board' was part of my thrifted finds LAST November. Took awhile to decide what to do with that board. Painted it with two coats of CeCe Caldwell Simply White. When dry I lightly sanded some of the edges. Stencilled with CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal plus a stencilling brush. 

Less paint is better when stencilling. Have a cloth handy to dab off any extra paint. The brush will be 'almost' dry when it is ready to use.

I held this stencil in place for each line I used for my 'new sign'. Eyes on the work, hand steady. Lift the stencil carefully, no dragging. Let the paint dry before adding the next line (I was choosing some of the words, not all). 

One thing I learned this time when stencilling is to MASK out the areas where you do NOT want your black paint to show (this includes the edges).  A quick fix is to use a damp Q-Tip to remove paint that is in the wrong area, this has to be done right away.

DH added a eyelet hook to the back. 

I used Photo Collage to edit the above photo and PicMonkey for all the other photos.

I waxed the sign (back and front) when finished with Annie Sloan Soft Wax/waxing brush and polished the sign with a clean soft cloth.

Before and After

If you are a frequent reader 

you know I have a great deal of FUN stencilling. 

Materials List:

piece of board
sanding sponge
eyelet hook/screw
CeCe Caldwell Simply White Clay-Chalk paint and a brush
Annie Sloan Soft Wax/waxing brush
stencil from Michaels
blue masking tape
CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal
stencilling brush
clean soft cloth

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  1. And you did such a great job, Joy! I miss stenciling. I'll get around to it one of these days!

  2. Joy - great sign. I love to stencil. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.


  3. joy, the sign is adorable. I am not so good at stenciling but you do it so well!

  4. Very nice, such crisp lines!!!! Thank you for the pointers, I sure can use them, LOL, just like I use to much paint when stenciling. Best ~ Mickie

  5. Love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  6. I always love your stencil projects!!! I used to do some but haven't in awhile. Recently I spray painted all our garbage cans - we have SIX! I am going to stencil on them! Trash! Bird Seed! Cracked Corn! Fire Wood! Dog Food! etc.....

  7. Such a great project! I love your work and what it has to say. Very nice.

  8. You do such a nice job stenciling. I'm sure if I tried it, the words would be somehow be crooked.

  9. Hi Joy,

    You certainly have turned into an expert; this is just darling! Thanks for sharing this blue.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday!

  10. what a joyful blue,

  11. Love your sign Joy. More people, myself included, need to heed to those words.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  12. Your project turned out so nicely!
    Great keepsake. Good job!

  13. I've never got the step of waxing at the end, but your project looks so professional. I need to pay more attention to crafters like you!

  14. Your sign looks wonderful, Joy. I love the message on it and I was thinking I would like one above the entry to my kitchen. Maybe I could get my husband to find me a uniqule shaped piece of wood for the project :)

    Thank you for the lovely inspiration. I am ever so thankful to have your beautiful presence at Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  15. Joy, I love stenciling as well. It' a lot of fun and gives big results! Cute vignette with a sweet sign! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Joy, this is such a wonderful makeover & the stenciled message is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing @Vintage Charm! Blessings, Cecilia

  17. This is so sweet. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays! Jo

  18. What a great idea! I see so many people re purposing things like this, and it just never occurs to me!

    Thanks so much for joining us on the the Alder Collective this week! Pinning, and we hope to see you again next week!


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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