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We’ve been slowly decorating our little barn apartment since moving in last June. Our makeshift Ikea bookshelf turned bar needed a declaration of bar type sentiment, or a sign, if you will. I would and I did. You can too!
I decided to venture beyond stenciling and figure out a way to hand paint the letters and the image on the wood. It took a little brainstorming, and perhaps there was a cocktail involved. I’m not saying.
This is super easy to recreate. However, if you lack confidence in your sign painting skills, you can opt to do an image transfer instead or print the images and cut a stencil using a stencil knife and stencil blanks.
Materials (You can find the Waverly Inspirations line at WalMart, or you can find similar colors and products from FolkArt Chalk Paint)
Plaid Wood Surfaces Pallet Plaque
Waverly Inspirations Chalk Acrylic Paint in Rhubarb, Maize, Pumpkin, Pool
Waverly Inspirations High Gloss Acrylic Paint in Elephant
Waverly Inspirations Matte Varnish or Clear Wax
Waverly Inspirations Chalk Brush
Waverly Inspirations Flat Brushes
Waverly Inspirations Detail Brushes
Waverly Inspirations Texture Brush
Waverly Inspirations Sponge
FolkArt Home Decor Layering Block
Printed Images (Grab the Bigelow Rules text on PicMonkey, angle and size to fit sign (1500×2250), download, and print. Here is the copyright free image of the cocktail glass, size it to fit sign (1500×2250) and print. The printed pages will need to overlap when you use the stylus to trace. Use the images above as your guide.
Lightly sand the sign to smooth, wipe off any dust.
Paint one coat of Waverly Inspirations White. Let this dry.
Paint maize and pool on first two planks. Mix the pumpkin with some white to make it more pastel. Paint this on the third plank. Mix the rhubarb with some white to make it salmon pink. Paint this on the fourth plank. Be sure to paint the sides!
Let the planks dry for a few minutes, before they completely dry use a wet sponge to remove some of the paint. Wipe it up and down following the grain of the wood.
Print your images. Use the stylus to press the outline of the letters and the shapes into the wood.
Go back over the impressions to make them deeper with the stylus, this will make it easier to see the outlines when you paint. You can also opt to use a pencil here.
Using detail brushes paint the letters and the shapes. Take your time, wipe the paint from the brush frequently to prevent it from getting to chunky on the end.
I added some free form star shapes. These are really easy, but if you aren’t confident in your skills you can print these with the text and cocktail using online editing software. We love PicMonkey.
Add white accents using a detail brush. Less is more!
Use the Folk Art Layering Block to add grey to the edges of the wood.
Use the texture brush to add a little bit of the grey do this on top and along the sides. This gives you the distressed look.
Once the paint is dry, go over the edges and the distressed areas with a fine grit sandpaper exposing the white and some of the wood underneath. Wipe clean.
Seal with Waverly Inspirations Wax or Varnish.
Shaken, not stirred.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
It’s always Happy Hour around our house, and that’s not because we’re always drinking. I’m a believer in making your home a joyful place. I also enjoy a tasty beverage now and again, don’t judge.