Or on vacation for that matter. Between drying pool towels and beach towels, (tough life I know!) every chair back was used. I was always wishing there were a few more hanging options by the door.
But I will admit… I dreamed this project up before heading to Maui. What if…. I could create a stencil line that would chime in well with vacations, and make something with them while on vacay?
So… I did!
My condo owner was so very gracious in giving me free reign to make something cool. And during the first week of being here, I knew that this project would not only be pretty, but oh so VERY productive!
Here’s how I did it…
p.s. While I desired my planks to resemble old signs, most any stencil will do if you wish for more of a crafted look vs a sign look.
1. Cut boards to length, and alternate lengths / types of points for a random look. Sand.
The first stop was Home Depot for new, treated boards. I didn’t wish to risk a termite issue.
I cut one like a picket using a jig saw, and the rest were left straight, but staggered.
2. Position stencils this way and that way so they are all different.
The stencils were designed to fit onto basic planks. Bonus, right?! Gotta make it easy.
They were then placed in a staggered way to get a feel for the finished design.
I wanted this arrangement to resemble old signs collected over time, so some words were flipped the opposite ways of others too.
3. Paint and / or stain the boards as desired. Then reposition stencils as desired.
As luck would have it, some boards were a little darker than others. I didn’t bring stain along and was ready to water down some paint, but ultimately, didn’t need to. A couple boards were painted with acrylic craft paint, and the other two left as is.
The concept… all the board bases to be toned different from one another.
I also decided to only use 4 boards instead of 5.
The local Walmart in Maui stocked plenty of pretty acrylic craft paint colours of the sea, so here they are.
4. With a very dry brush, (tap onto paper towel or rag to offload) stencil each design, then lift stencil, allowing the image to dry. Lightly sand once cured if desired.
Tips on how to stencil are HERE.
Gotta say, if your images are SHARP, you’ve done a good job on unloading that brush paint. Sharpness is key, that is why you want to achieve a very dry brush.
And don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours and techniques!
BEACH and HOUSE were both created by starting with one colour, and lightly going over it with others for an oxidized effect.
How to further distress:
It’s very easy to make these signs look more distressed, but I chose to leave them looking newish this round. But to further distress, beat them with a hammer, and go over lightly with stains or tinted waxes.
6. Hang stencils to dry, or soak them right away / then clean.
Tip: To clean or not to clean?
I no longer clean the stencils after using. I just leave them be. Just make sure they have a chance to dry, and there isn’t any crusty paint along the edges of the letters, and you’re good to go.
Cleaning them is better of course, but it isn’t easy. So if you do clean, soak the stencils RIGHT AWAY until you can get to them.
7. Be AMAZED that your workshop is on beautiful Maui garden grounds. Over kona coffee of course.
I understand… this isn’t typical. But let’s celebrate this one for a moment anyway, shall we? Because the stencil line I created FOR Maui is happening IN Maui!
The beach signs have become my very fav drop off area for everything beach and pool. Which I truly hope future renters will equally enjoy.
(I wasn’t able to successfully get a picture of the entire thing at once.)
I had a blast playing with this stencil collection! Here’s my original beach stencil post using old fence planks.
Find more Old Sign Stencil Projects HERE
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