I’m also kinda blessed to have a rock floor to ceiling fireplace that could be in a cabin. So I decided to celebrate fall… Cabin Resort style this year!
So ready to get your fall on, in a big way today? Here’s mine!
The space above the text was to become a window, with a flickering battery operated candle. Cute, right?!
Let’s hope… 🙂
Building the cabin
Most of these steps went haywire and I had to redo things, so here’s the short version, which I hope you can understand…
1. Layer your boards to jive with a house shape of sorts.
2. Trace lines around the roof line, then down the left and right sides, then cut the boards to the shape of your desired cabin. Don’t forget to notch out your window!
3. Attach the roof from the front, then flip over and attach the rest with bracing boards from behind, as shown above.
6. Place a stencil (if you use one) on top of the wood, then go for it!
I attached two white boards to the base of the cabin so the lettering would stand out against my dark fireplace. But lettering on the wood would look adorable too.
7. How to stencil:
I like to tape the stencil into place, then using your fingers, hold the stencil down as you stencil along, using a VERY dry stencil brush. A tapping up and down motion is my fav way to stencil.
The paint choice was Fusion Mineral Paint’s Chocolate, so the lettering had a warmth to it.
Read my review on my love for Fusion HERE.
One thin coat was all it needed, thanks to the white background!
But let’s add one more step…
A ‘swoosh’ was added for a hand drawn effect.
Stencils must be bridged, (small gaps in the images) to maintain stencil sturdiness.
I decided to close up the swoosh bridge, by simply hand painting over the bridge.
You will find with most of my stencils, bridging is done to the absolute minimum possible, or naturally implemented. I want you to see the image first, not the bridge! (picky designer stuff here)
This would look equally cute with a house number!
Or just add hooks on it for an entry.
Will also work with any season! Can’t wait to play with it for Christmas.
The weird chunk of wood on the back is to keep the boards a little more sturdy, due to the window cut out.
Bad building rustic charm at its best… 🙂
Let’s just keep in mind these old fence boards are warped and all cabins are rustic. So in that case, I did good, right? (insert head nod at this time…)
How cute is that?! Makes me feel like I should make a little rustic Christmas village outside. Hmm…
This little cabin sign is also illuminated… can you see the glow through the windows?
I actually used white Christmas mini lights plugged in from behind. But battery operated candles would be adorable too if you built a small shelf under the window from behind.
For the mini lights, I draped white mini lights on some long screws situated underneath the window.
How to hide an extension cord
See that tiny strip of wood on the right side? It’s hiding the white extension cord. And I’ve edited out the cord in the room shot.
p.s. I want a plug INSIDE the mantel!
Ready for more? Be prepared for these projects to knock your fall coloured leaves off…
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