Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

I really should have called this project  the ‘I can’t make up my mind ‘ directional signs, because boy did this project take a few hundred U-turns!

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

It all started with a wooden window frame some time ago.

This is the window found from the trip to the Alexandria bridge where I found that surprise massive junk place along the side of the road.

I wanted summer decor on my fireplace mantel. So I rummaged through the ‘ol stencil collection and decided that vacation type sayings would be PERFECT.

Probably because I needed one…

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What I used:

 

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

That’s when the help walked in.

The discussion was in depth, ranging from layout to apparent lack of birds to watch that day. Very therapeutic for both of us.

So I grabbed a little Beach sign I had already made way back, dry fit some other boards into the window frame, and…

I didn’t like it.

So I took it apart and forgot about it. For weekSSSS.

Until this weekend. Yet AGAIN I wanted something summerish on my mantel. So I picked up that same Beach sign, stenciled two others to read Rentals and Cabins and attached them to a post instead.

Rustic vacation directional signs on a post with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

Well, how cute is that! Instant vacation land in a forest setting if you will.

I decked out the surrounding area at the sign base with features that mimicked my beloved forest bike ride trails.

Can you see it? Can you see me on that bike racing along the trails amongst the tallest of pine trees?

Forest scene on a fireplace mantel, part of Rustic Cabins, Rentals & Beach signs done 2 ways. Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils #buffaloplaid #buffalocheck

Yep. I want to stay in THAT cabin by that river in THAT forest. I love story telling in decor.

Faux Ikea plants were tucked behind some firewood, then a few metal antiques were placed to capture the cabin bike antiques getaway thing.

Rustic vacation directional signs on a post with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils


Rustic vacation directional signs on a post with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

And it fit the mantel nicely.

Then what did I go and do? I walked downstairs to my junk stash and my eyes landed on that old window again.

And then I couldn’t turn off the brain. I had to try the signs inside the frame again.

Please don’t even try to understand why. I didn’t get it myself.

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

Each sign was installed onto the window a different way. Rentals utilized two rusty junk door hinges to make it extra quirky.

Vacation signs outfitted into an old wooden window, part of Rustic Cabins, Rentals & Beach signs done 2 ways. Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

Beach was outfitted with a board across the back of the window frame first, then mounted to that from the front.

How to mount signs into an old window with cup hooks, part of Rustic Cabins, Rentals & Beach signs done 2 ways. Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

And Cabins was installed with 4 little cup hooks along with one tiny link of chain to centre the sign inside the window panel. 

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

And I have no idea why, but today I didn’t just like it… I LOVED it!

Whatev.

I think it looked like this several weeks ago, but who can keep up?

Oh.. but I did add that arrow tip to Beach.

Buffalo Checking the tip of an arrow on a sign, part of Rustic Cabins, Rentals & Beach signs done 2 ways. Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils #buffaloplaid #buffalocheck

Once I placed the old window signs onto the mantel, the arrow tip looked a tiny bit plain. So I grabbed the Buffalo Check stencil and some black craft paint, and did it up right.

Find the Buffalo Check stencil HERE

Buffalo Checking the tip of an arrow on a sign, part of Rustic Cabins, Rentals & Beach signs done 2 ways. Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils #buffaloplaid #buffalocheck

Yes! That’s just what it needed. Not too heavy, yet still broke up all the wood tones.

Learn how to stencil these signs from HERE

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

This totally worked for me. It was ruggedly rustic and using old stuff from the get go always offers more of an authentic touch, don’t you think?

Until… oh boy.

Oh the DRAMA!

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

Just maybe it would look nice on the nice, clean patio I haven’t decorated yet

So I yanked the mantel apart and brought it outdoors instead.

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

I cozied the newly cleaned patio up and made it feel like home. Complete with my childhood farm dinner bell that acts as a wind chime when a gust of wind hits.

I can still hear my mom ringing it for Dad to come in from the barn for dinner.

It was fun playing house out there! I still haven’t decorated the patio yet so this certainly made a dent.

Rustic vacation directional signs in an old window with Cabins, Rentals, Beach. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils #oldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors #rustic #reclaimedwood #signs #stencils

It was cute! I liked it!

But that’s when I realized, my mantel was lonely.

Insert eye roll emoticon here.

So back to the mantel it went.

Still in the window frame though at least!

For now…

Then wouldn’t you know, the Heavens parted and the birds returned!

Now if that wasn’t a sign that all was well AS IS, I don’t know what is…
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Which is your fav way and spot?! Any other creative ways to use that window for summer decor?

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  1. What a wonderful dilemma! Your signs look great both in the window frame and on the piece of picket fence! Love your little helper too. You really need to start selling your creations!

    • Thanks Sharon! Oh I do adore my little helper, even if she does shed all over my work on occasion. Cats just can do no wrong, no matter what. However did they get so lucky? LOL

      As for selling, one day I’d love to try a booth. I’m itchin’ to create a visual space that is made in the shade for this rustic little world I appear to live in! Thanks for the kudos!

  2. I always am intrigued with what you do on your fireplace mantel. You have so much fun with it and it is always great. Another great one, Donna!

    • Thank-you Brenda! The mantel can be a challenge due to the scale, but my stuff always seems to somehow fit… with enough of it! haha That mantel does not like being a minimalist it seems! Nice to see you by!

  3. Good morning, Donna

    I like it on the fireplace mantel. I know with your talent you will come up with something on your patio.

    • Thanks Nancy, yes, it’s happy on the mantel. Just enough. I’m actually enjoying the super sparse patio surroundings, I think that’s why I didn’t want it out there. When I’m sitting on the ‘ol pallet sofa, I like nothing going on. Strange but true!

  4. Oh my goodness, how to choose?! It’s a good problem to have though! I love them all. Your projects always make me smile! 😊

  5. I like the framed sign better on your porch. Make another stick sign for your mantel. OR…put your CABIN RESORT shaped cabin sign back on the mantel. I love that one.
    OR…………