Thursday, December 29, 2016

Farmhouse Signs DIY

It's been awhile since I have written a post on my blog! But as the new year approaches I feel the urgency to get new workshops in the making and new ideas are flowing through my mind. 
I'm looking forward to 2017 and what our little shop has planned. We are going on our fourth year at Fresh Finds, LLC and we are so thankful for all our customers that have supported us. 
Our website has all the classes that we offer and you can register online just by clicking the workshop that you would like to take. 
One of our most popular workshops last year was the sign class. I've been working on signs for a couple of days. I LOVE making signs and I love stencils! I can make the biggest mess in my kitchen and dining area when I pull out all of my stencils, paints, and brushes. But it's great that I can paint indoors with our all green products and not worry about harmful toxins and smells. 
The first sign I made is a board from a special place. It came from my grandmother's old garage/barn. It's seventy-five years old and has great old weathered paint and crackle on it. What could be more perfect for a sign, right? I had to repair the back with metal brackets because it was cracked. I used 3.5" stencils for this sign and I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter black. I will seal the Farmhouse sign with Miss Mustard Seed's Tough Coat to help keep the wonderful crackle and chippy paint in place. Here's a couple of pictures of the sign.

I also painted and stenciled this sign out of a 1x8 cedar board that I've had in the garage for some time. Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood was used for the base coat and then I sealed it with Dark Wax to give an old distressed look. 

Next was a pallet board stenciled with white letters that say LOVE. I'm getting a jump on Valentine's Day with this one! Pallet boards have a good rustic natural look.

The stencils I used on my signs are a heavy 10m that can be used over and over. If you are looking for a heavier stencil that can make great signs I highly recommend these. Fresh will have these in stock soon or take a class and they will be included! 
We are open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9-5. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Do you make New Year Resolutions? I'm not much on all that, so I don't make any. Happy New Year and Happy Painting! 

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