While perusing some magazines, I saw a picture of Joanna Gaines’ kitchen during the holidays and fell in love with the Fixer Upper star’s Christmas Trees For Sale sign. I filed it away in my memory as well as snapping a picture with my phone and uploading it to a secret Pinterest board.
While I was reworking an old Singer treadle sewing machine table, I realized that the top I was removing would be PERFECT for this Christmas Trees For Sale sign!
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The original finish on these boards is Minwax Gel Stain. I liked that the “sign” was black, and got out my whitewash paint can out. While getting ready for Glendale 2016, I had this can of paint with a cansealid that was nearly empty. I added some water to it and used it on multiple projects including the stools and benches you can see in the Glendale post. It was really nice to be able to grab the bucket whenever I wanted to dry brush or whitewash.
This is my inspiration photo of the kitchen sign.
Working from the bottom up, I applied my contact paper stencils that I made with my Silhouette Portrait. It’s important that you start applying the bottom stencil first. You’ll see why in a minute. I gathered my paints to mimic my inspiration sign.
First, I began weeding the top stencil so I could paint it with my foam pouncer . I use these for all of my signs.
I poured out a little puddle of red on a scrap piece of contact paper backing, dipped my pouncer in it and dabbed off the extra.
Because I wanted my sign to look vintage, I didn’t do full coverage with the red paint.
I find it’s best to remove the contact paper stencil before it dries. This is why it was important that I applied my stencils starting at the bottom. Each stencil overlaps the next slightly, and because this was the last stencil put in place, it was easily removed without bothering the other stencils.
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Next up, I weeded the FOR SALE stencil with my hook tool.
Again, I didn’t do full coverage with the paint.
Placing the stencil on the sign and then weeding the contact paper is how I always do my stencils.
I’m getting really giddy at this point, as the Christmas Trees For Sale sign is coming together!
See? Isn’t it perfectly wonderful?
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I love it! The Christmas Trees For Sale Sign went with me to Glendale, but it didn’t find a home. I brought it home, but didn’t take it right to the booth at Vendors’ Village because I think I may want to keep it!
Have you been making any Christmas crafts?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.