Make a vintage BINGO card styled stencilled tray


Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

     A new imposter resides in my house, thanks to

Something I’ve collected for awhile are antique board games.

So when this week’s assignment for SYTYCD was to be catalogue inspired, I knew right then that Pottery Barn’s bingo sign would fit in well with my existing decorating theme. But to create wall decor? Something else? I didn’t quite know yet. So here’s what I did.

The build


The reveal

The build

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

1. Creating the topper

Having NO idea what I was yet doing, I dug in the depths of my wood scraps for the inspiration I needed. If I had it, I could make it, right? … sure… πŸ™‚

Leftover pine tongue and groove boards from a previous ceiling project – check!  The boards were cut down to the desired size, then were lightly distressed with a pick object, hammer and nails, creating worm holes and dents.

My first mounting idea was the top right, when I realized a more outside of the box idea would be even cooler. Switching gears, plan B came into effect! 

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

2. Creating the base

I knew for my new idea I needed a firm base to hold the pine boards intact. And that happened to be an old cabinet door I simply cut down to the right size with a compound miter saw, finishing the cut with a hacksaw, because I don’t know how to use my tablesaw and I always cut crooked with my jigsaw. Need I say more?!?

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

3. Finishing and attaching the topper

A few coats of leftover stain (custom tinted to match my hardwood flooring) were applied to the boards, bringing up all the distressing perfectly. Finishing coat yet to come – satin poly or wood oil, still undecided.

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

To mount the boards, I had to get creative. I don’t know how to use my nail gun yet, (It’s on the list.) so when I came across a container of rusty old nails, BAM! Or should I say, BAMBAMBAMBAM. This really added an authentic touch to the piece! No thank-you nail gun. Not today. Proving, some glitches are just better. πŸ™‚

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

4. Creating the stencil

After you stop smiling at my yellowed heirloom white dinosaur computer monitor, let’s move on to the stencil I needed to create. πŸ™‚

Grabbing inspiration from the PB version, I changed out a few things to make in more my idea, including some hidden numbers with meaning. A stencil is born! Removing the vinyl pieces that I desired to be black left me with a great stencil to work with.

BINGO from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Update: We now have this design in a mylar stencil you can purchase!

Click HERE to the stencil store

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

And the stenciling began. Using black fast drying acrylic craft paint, I used a stipple jabbing motion to stencil on the letters so they wouldn’t be perfectly filled in.

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

5. The finished product

LOVE! The edges lifted up razor sharp. Once the paint was dry, all the black areas recieved a light distressing.

And this would have been the finished product if I had stopped at a simple wall hanging. Sooo… let’s push it one step further. The base was beefed up for a reason. πŸ™‚

The reveal

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

Some old antique looking wrought iron handles were snagged off an exsisting tray I had in my pile of junk stockroom, and attached to the sides of the board to help create the new identity I had in mind. This is also where the nail heads really got a standing ovation. It was all coming together nicely!

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

The bingo board became a sturdy productive tray, as well as a custom table top for an old coffee crate with a surface that had seen better days.

The chosen stain and black paint for the tones proved to be the perfect combination for the stamped and woodsy box underneath. Note those great galvanized rusty edge details on that crate. Bliss! πŸ™‚ Plunk a little clay potted PB inspired wonder on top, and let’s call it done!

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

As you can see, the new tray looks right at home in it’s rustic eclectic environment. It proved to be the perfect little finishing touch to an already rather ‘interesting’ side table. Like a new pair of shoes even. πŸ™‚ Yes, I think my new little impostor is here to stay!

Make this vintage BINGO card styled reclaimed wood stenciled tray

Think my antique game boards can live peacefully with an impostor? Ehhh…  an extra brawl shouldn’t hurt much. Nothing wrong with a bit more distressing now is there? πŸ™‚

Thanks for your visit! Now, make sure you go cast your vote for your fav entry. πŸ™‚

Previous –
Week 1 – Accessories

3rd place / 10

Bingo Board
Week 2 – PB Knockoff
2nd place / 9

Thank-you so much for your votes! I’m truly honored!!!! Shop Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

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57 thoughts on “Make a vintage BINGO card styled stencilled tray

  1. Oh wow! I absolutely love this! Ialso have a thing for game boards … I have an old game table that I redid several years ago for a chess set I made for my husband. There is just something about games and particularly game boards. Great Job! and good luck!

  2. Thanks all for your sweet comments. πŸ™‚

    You think Pottery Barn was expensive? I’d have to charge $5000 to make this a worthwhile venture here. πŸ™‚ You know how it is. The first one is always a real brain kicker. I’m loving the outcome and want to make more more more cool signs now.

    Thanks again! Your kudos make me smile. πŸ™‚

    FJ Donna

  3. This is by far one of the best “bingo” boards I’ve seen across blogland. I love how your mistakes made it even more special. I’m jealous of the vinyl cutter machinery you have…I was wondering how you made a stencil that large! The finished project is perfect in your room…which by the way, I LOVE. Your ability to layer and it look good is a real decorating achievement…something that I don’t have!
    ~judi πŸ˜‰

  4. oh my gosh!!!!!! i love it!!!! do you have any for sale!!!! i am being lazy lately!!!! maybe spring coming soon will get me busy!!!!! πŸ™‚

  5. Donna what program did you use to create the stencil and what did you use to cut the vinyl. I Have a few ideas for this type of look.


  6. Thanks all!

    #16 Grover,

    My other life is creating professional vehicle graphics, so I use two vector drawing programs called CorelDraw and Signlab. To output I have a pro vinyl sign cutter. This kind of setup isn’t geared for a novice. It wouldn’t pay. πŸ™‚ Best to have a sign company design what you desire so they can create a mask for you.

    This is something I can also offer. If you let me know what you desire, I can quote you. πŸ™‚

    #15 Missy,

    These creations are indeed planting seeds for possible sales. If anyone has any specs on what they desire, (whether it be a stencil or finished product) I can quote you and go from there. πŸ™‚

    FJ Donna
    [email protected]

  7. Donna,
    This is a great project!
    Your instructions are always so great!
    Now, I have 50, Yes I said 50! Bingo cards about 6 square, with hard cardboard backs on them.
    Maybe a tray made with 6 of them??
    Thanks for the inspiration.


    barbara jean

  8. Hey you funky junk Donna I want to invite you over to my new blog to have a look…..and I think I have figured out where you live…not that I am stocking you at all.LOL. Your area just REALLY looks familiar.


  9. I love this! It would be perfect for my “We Can Do It Cheaper” link party. Check out my blog to see what I’m talking about. I can’t wait to look around here some more.

  10. I’ve always loved those old looking Bingo boards. But something was always missing for me…until you put those handles on! I love how you turned it into a tray. It looks so great!

  11. This is amazing! I love the handles you added – genius! This looks like it came straight out of the catalog..stunning! {when are you going to start selling these????}

  12. This is so amazing, wow, can you say on what did you design the stencil and how did you print it out on vinyl so you could paint?? Thanks so much for your blog, you inspire:)

  13. Thanks for all your awesome comments!

    How the decals are made:

    The computer sends the info to a machine called a plotter, that resembles a much glorified cricut. I load the rolls of vinyl into the machine (like giant tubes of scotch tape) and the plotter reads what the computer tells it to.

    I’ll do a write up about it someday so you can see moreso how it’s done. πŸ™‚

    FJ Donna

  14. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from Copycat Crafts. πŸ™‚ Copycat Crafts features all sorts of great knock projects just like this one and we wanted to say thanks for the great post! Your feature can be seen from our home page and you can get to it directly here

    If you would like a “featured by” button, you can grab one from our right side bar. Thanks!

  15. Hello sweet friend,

    I found this image on pinterest and I wanted to ask permission before I posted it (with a link back to you, of course)! Thank you so much for considering it!


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