A Maui coffee sign… made in Maui

Maui coffee sign made in Maui / funkyjunkinteriors.net
My love for the Hawaiian island runs deep. It use to be my go to playground back in the day before my son was in the picture. Remember back before marriage, a mortgage, kiddos?

So when I created my National coffee stencil, my first draft was to use Maui in the description in order to honour my love for the islands. You can see my first project HERE.

With this most recent run into Maui, I brought my coffee stencil along in case my little plan worked.. and it did! Finally, my Maui sign is officially made in Maui, for Maui!

The condo owner where we are staying is a friend of our family, and before we came, I asked if she’d be cool with me making something for the condo. She loved my samples and gave me the full blown go ahead. Yay!

kitchen before
Here’s the bright, happy kitchen. With white cupboards lined with natural wood, I knew my little crate styled sign would work just right!

cutting planks to size / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

1. Cut wood planks to size.

One afternoon I head to the local Home Depot, and picked up a few new planks. While my first option is always working with reclaimed wood, termites are a real issue here, so I played it safe and purchased treated planks.

I had them cut some 10 footers in half so I could get them in the car. Picking up a cheap jigsaw was just enough to make a middle cut I desired once I got back home.

taping planks together  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

2. Bind them together with masking tape.

The two planks were masking taped together for stability.

measuring centre of sign planks with twine  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

3. Mark out the middle.

I couldn’t locate a tape measure (at first), so I used a piece of twine, and folded it in half to measure out the centre. 

I have 101 cheats for finding centres… I’ll have to do a post sometime. Mathless folks just work around the numbers it appears…

measuring centre of sign planks with twine  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

The stencil has an engraved middle mark on each side, so it was very easy to straighten the stencil… once again, not using math. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

stencilling coffee stencil onto planks  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net
stencil registration marks  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

4. Place masking tape underneath registration marks, then ink in triangles.

Because the stencil was made with Seattle and I wanted the Maui option, here’s how to easily make that work…

 

masking tape over image you don't want stencilled  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

how to stencil a coffee sign  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net
5. Tape over text you don’t wish to stencil.

use a dry stencil brush  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

use a dry stencil brush  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

6. Stencil image by pouncing a very dry brush.

Using a very DRY brush, transfer paint into the wood surface by tapping up and down.

(test for paint dryness by tapping the back of your hand… if it barely leaves any paint, you are ready)

how to stencil a coffee sign on planks  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

inked in registration marks  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net
7. Lift large coffee stencil, then place the Maui partition in place, and stencil.

Easy!

how to stencil  / Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net

Perfect! Not shown as I did this next part at night… I used a very watered down brown to lightly stain the wood, giving it a bit of a wash. Then used a wood wax to bring out the depth. 

Maui coffee sign with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Twine detailing / Maui coffee sign with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Before the sign was mounted, black painted twine was wrapped around each side for a little extra style for when the cups weren’t hung.

Mugs hanging / Maui coffee sign with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Maui coffee sign with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Maui coffee sign with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net
And here’s the little Hawaiian trademark gecko addition.

Maui coffee sign made in Maui / funkyjunkinteriors.net
And just for fun, because it isn’t everyday you do a photoshoot in a Maui garden with your own rental car in the picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

kitchen before

Maui kitchen coffee sign, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Welcome home, maui coffee sign!

And how do you take your kona coffee? ๐Ÿ™‚

Edited to add: For installation, I screwed the sign boards directly to the wall. No glue was used.

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You can find the coffee stencil HERE.

Visit other projects made with Old Sign Stencils HERE.

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    • Oh my… I completely missed the installation info! haha

      I screwed the boards as is direct to the wall. No glue used.

      Being that the walls were cinderblock made it tricky. But most don’t have to worry about that, so whatever you do will be much easier!

  1. Good morning! Love the coffee sign, however, there are a lot of quilters out here. How about a stencil for us?

    “Quilt Studio” , Fabriholic, Quilts for Sale, etc………

    Love your ideas!

  2. Thanks for sharing that wonderful sign!
    My husband and I have been to Kona and loved the coffee there. I need to make that sign using Kona HI for my kitchen!
    I am currently changing colors in our Tennessee Cape Cod cottage to lighter and happier colors.
    And adding a few coastal dรฉcor accessories but not over the top. I think a sign like that would bring back happy memories!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Hi Marianna, I feel the same way. I want to go home and lighten things up after being here in bright, sunny conditions for so long. I can’t wait to grab some lighter paint and get to work!

      Love the idea of changing out the location to suit… I may have to add an alphabet option with the coffee stencil so it’s easier to do…

  3. I love this! Especially that you added Maui to the stencil.

    I’ve been skimming through the HI posts because I’m not really into the tropics so much but I read every word of this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for bearing with me Jen, we’ll be home soon to the same ‘ol in no time. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I plan to take in a friend’s garage sale while here though so watch for that one… it should be fun!

    • Oh Anne, I was SO HAPPY when I was given the okay to make stuff here. From the lanai makeover to a couple of projects, it’s really felt like we moved here, even if just for the summer.

      It’s been an AMAZING ride! But it wouldn’t have been the same if I couldn’t DIY something. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh, your friends are going to LOVE that sign…how thoughtful of you to switch out Seattle for Maui! The cute gecko is a nice, touch, as well! Can you please come stay at my house and make a sign for me, too? ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the rest of this blissful stay in Maui!

  5. You always come up with such great ideas. And I so appreciate your step by step photos, though I got nervous seeing that ink and brush on that table. I wanted to put plastic or newspaper under the sign so I could quit holding my breath. But you are a pro and know what you are doing. Where did you find the stencil for Maui…I must have missed that part.

    Looking forward to more of your great photos of such a beautiful place. We will let you do more than one post a week, you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Gail, this one is fool proof if you stencil in black on wood! As long as your brush is super dry, you will get a beautifully crisp result. Thank-you for your stencil purchase, and I hope you share your result with me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Christy, no they aren’t. They are still two boards simply attached to the wall. If I unscrew them, they’d come off as two boards. I didn’t feel a need to attach them together if they were just going on a wall as such. ๐Ÿ™‚ How cheater builder easy is that?