I had a friend drop off two tubs of wood for me the other day, and I wouldn’t wait to dig in and see what I could do with them. Right now the Modern Farmhouse style is in and I am more than willing to jump on the bandwagon as I love the look of it. I opened up my Inkscape program, which is a free open source design software, available here: https://inkscape.org/en/release/0.92.3/.
I am not affiliated with them, I just love the program. You can do almost anything a non-professional designer would ever need to get done with this amazing program. I played around until I had a simple outline I liked, it was time to save it. Once I made the design, I transferred it over to Silhouette Studio and cut out my design. I have included JPEG, SVG, and PNG files below for you to download.
Below is a list of supplies you need to complete this project.
- Shelf Liner
- Mod Podge
- Black Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Cosmetic Sponges
- Sanding Block
- Picture Hangers
- A piece of wood ~ reclaimed or otherwise.
The first thing you want to do is sand down your board so you have a smooth finish. You will want to do this on all sides so you don’t have to worry about splinters, especially using reclaimed wood as you don’t know what the wood has been through. I was once sanding down a piece of wood that had a hole in it, and a very confused carpenter bee fell out of the hole, which prompted me to thoroughly spray any cracks and holes in the wood. After you have the wood sanded down you want to clean it thoroughly so there is no dust left on it. the board I used is approximately 9″ x 5 1/2″.
Once that is done you want to cut your shelf paper so that you have your stencil. You will need to trace the picture on the shelf paper first if you do not have a Silhouette or other cutting machine. Be careful not to tear the stencil as shelf paper is fairly thin and will tear easily. If you do tear it a bit, do not worry, you can seal the tear later on. Take your stencil and carefully lay the top of the stencil across the top of the board. If you have the backing still on the stencil you can then slowly peel it back underneath in order to get a smooth transfer. If you have cut out the stencil by hand lay it out carefully over the board, again starting from the top working your way down. Once you have the stencil laid smoothly over the board, rub over all the outlines to be sure there are no spaces between the wood and the shelf paper. With both methods, be sure you have the small pieces that go in between the chicken’s legs and in the letters also placed before you move onto the next step.
Now that you have the stencil down you will want to seal all the edges of the stencil with a thin layer of Mod Podge. This is the magic step that will ensure you have nice, crisp edges to your paint once you remove the stencil. Without this step, you will likely have paint seepage under the stencil no matter how well you think it has adhered. I used to drive myself crazy trying to figure out why I could not get those nice clean lines you see all over Pinterest. This is the secret and I am telling you up front. I use my fingers to do this because I find it easier to control how thinly and evenly it is applied. Besides that, finger painting is just plain fun.
Once The Mod Podge is dry, take a cosmetic sponge and, using a pouncing motion, cover the wood surface inside the stencil with the black paint. I painted on three coats, letting each coat dry in between. You just want to be sure the wood is evenly covered.
When the last coat of paint has dried, carefully peel off the stencil, making sure no paint is coming off with your stencil. I make sure I do this very carefully as it is very easy to tear either the paint or the wood finish, which you can see what I mean in my video where a thin layer of the wood started to peed off where the paint stuck to the stencil.
Look over the sign for anything that needs to be touched up. Use a small sharp item, such as tweezers or cutting machine weeding tools, to scrape off any paint that has seeped under the stencil. If any paint has come up with the stencil, then take a small brush and add the paint back on to the spaces where it has come up. If you have gotten any paint on the edges of the plaque then you can use your sandpaper to lightly sand the area until the paint is off. When you are done you will have an adorable little handmade sign that will be a perfect addition to any country decor.
This is a fun project that turns out well enough to be proudly given as a gift for any occasion. Have fun with it, and don’t forget to watch the video for the complete project, start to finish.