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!
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.
2. Bind them together with masking tape.
The two planks were masking taped together for stability.
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…
The stencil has an engraved middle mark on each side, so it was very easy to straighten the stencil… once again, not using math. 🙂
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…
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)
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.
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.
And how do you take your kona coffee? 🙂
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.