Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 2019 Thrifts and Stencil

Stencil of the Month

Happy Birthday DH

April's Thrifted Finds:

Mid April finds - Mennonite Church (such a well organized and welcoming group).

Farmer's Almanac Thermometer on tin lid, brass chamber candle holder with removable candle holder, brass snuffer, a Wade creamer and various silverplate and vintage cutlery in a pitcher.

Sequence and supplies used for my latest stencilled sign at end of this post.

Flashed Ruby Red Goblets on my welsh dresser.

Candle Holders with pears and tulips and Royal Doulton Hunka Munka with her baby mice and a German Tee-Maass mug.

Well used Slow/Stop sign, a trailer licence plate, vintage white enamelled commode and a red well worn Gasoline can, plus a few small dogs.

Glimpses of the mid 40's and Later

Silver plate teapot, creamer, sugar and boxed glass ashtrays.

An eclectic group of great finds this month.

Stencil: Laundry on Grain Sack Stripe


I used Donna of Funky Junk's stencil for the grain sack stripe background (link to all her stencil projects as well as others who have shared with her).

Paint and other supplies used:

• ASCP White for base coat
• FUSION Little Lamb (pale grey) for grain sack 
• CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal for letters
• ASCP clear wax
• Individual letters from Westcott LetterCraft 
  Helvetica 3" plastic Premium Letters

• ruler, paint brush and brush for waxing, paper 
  towel, newspaper, blue masking tape, clean  
  rag for polishing

• sponge brushes from Martha Stewarts line
• bristle stencilling brush

Painted the ironing board shaped board ASCP White.

Later added the Fusion Little Lamb grey Funky Junk's grain sack stripe (note the stencil is moved forward after the first section of the stripe is painted and taped into position to complete the stripe to the end of the board).

Sanded the white and grey to add a 'worn' look to the board. 

Next, on a long piece of paper, I traced the letters L A U N D R Y to make sure the spaced letters would fit on the board. 

Measured carefully and placed blue masking tape on board as a baseline for the letters.

Placed each letter (covering the next letter with tape) and taped the stencil to the board. Used CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal and used my 'go to' stencil brush to ponce the paint onto the board. 

Repeated for each letter, taking care that each letter was the same space apart.

Remember to clean your brushes and stencils and any bits of paint that get on your hands/arms or clothing with warm water and your choice of gentle cleaner - gentle rubbing with your fingers for cleaning the stencils (they can be fragile).

After L A U N D R Y was stencilled the sign was again sanded lightly and then waxed with ASCP clear wax.

Two earlier posts on making laundry signs posted earlier can be seen here and here.

along with the new LAUNDRY sign.

Thank you for visiting today.


Featured by Roseann of This Autoimmune Life May 2/19

Sharing with:

Janet of Try It - Like It
Michelle of The Painted Hinge 
Donna of Two Chicks and a Mom
Roseann of This Autoimmune Life
Kristie of Love My Cottage 
Kelly of Under a Texas Star 
Jen of A Fireman's Wife 
Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes 
Pam of Pam's Party and Practical Tips
Kerryanne of Shabby Art Boutique
Andrea of The Cottage Market
Beverly of How Sweet The Sound
Kate of Chic on a Shoestring 
Anna M. of Strawberries and Buttercups 
Beverly of Across the Blvd


  1. Wow, that looks like it was a great sale - love that white pitcher

  2. It is so much fun to look at all the various items you have! :)

  3. Oh, I do so love all your stencil signs! And all those lovely treasures!
    Hope your husband had a happy birthday.
    I really want to do some stencil signs. I don't know why I just keep wanting to do some as opposed to actually DOING them! I will get to it and soon I hope!!
    You inspire me!

  4. I love that creamy white pitcher that holds your utensils! Great laundry sign. Your stenciling work is always impeccable.I'm always impressed. Very nice!

  5. What a fun post with so many fun ideas! I'd luv to invite you to share with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday Wednesdays-Mondays! Have a great weekend!

  6. Great treasures!My fav are the red transferware dishes and red glasses.How charming and beautiful!Hugs!

  7. Great finds - I love those ruby red goblets! They would be perfect to go with my Christmas dishes! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

  8. Luv the Laundry stencil. All your photos are lovely. Happy Mosaic Monday

    much love...

  9. Hello, I love your cute laundry signs. Your Red Goblets are pretty. So many wonderful treasures. Happy Monday, enjoy your day! Wishing you a great new week ahead.

  10. Love those laundry signs and of course all of your thrift finds. The silver items are a treasure and that old recipe box. Love your new banner too!

  11. Joy - you have such a sharp eye for vintage finds. I am sure your years of stocking your own shop have taught you well in terms of what customers seek. A lovely outcome with the laundry sign! Thanks for sharing it all with the fun folks at Mosaic Monday!

  12. I have a favourite thrift store in my hometown. It always has the best things and the prices are the best. And as an added bonus, the profits go to our local hospital. Because all of the workers are volunteers it is a very profitable enterprise and the whole community benefits. - Margy

  13. Your beautiful post has been chosen by Roseann to be featured on the next Blogger's Pit Stop. Well done.

  14. You find the best stuff, Joy. That laundry sign is adorable. I'd love for you to link this to Keep In Touch at Let's Add Sprinkles. Your grain sack stripe on it is amazing.

  15. Joy,
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your lovely Laundry sign. I enjoyed looking at all of your lovely vintage items. I have that exact white commode. So sweet.

  16. You always find such wonderful treasure, Joy! I have a vintage ironing board and I'm thinking of a 'laundry banner' for it.
    Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJs!

  17. I love your laundry sign and vintage ironing board! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!


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

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