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?
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
sooo cool !! where did you get the dauber?
I call it a foam pouncer in the post. I buy them on Amazon, they are from Martha Stewart. I LOVE them for all my stenciling projects. I've been using them for years.
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Super cute!! I want one in my kitchen now!!
Thanks Katie! I love making signs, especially out of reclaimed materials.
That is an awesome sign. Will have to put in my memory.
What Fonts did you use?
I don't have a stencil maker so I'll need to get someone to make me the stencil.
I used the font AR Julian (Christmas Trees) and AR Essence (For Sale).
I hope that helps.
that is so awesome! i don't remember seeing it at Glendale! can't believe someone didn't snatch it up! glad you are thinking about keeping it for your mantel.
It was on the truck for most of the day. Honestly, I don't remember if it ever made it off the truck. 🙂 I now have it on my mantel. It makes me smile. 🙂
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Love it Gail! I've had my eye on that sign for some time myself... ❤️
And yeah... keep it!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my Christmas Trees For Sale Donna! It was such a fun and easy project.
Audra @ Renewed Projects
Love it! Very cute knock off. 🙂
Great job on the sign! Love it.
Thank you Virgina! I can't wait to put it on my mantel. 🙂
What does the term "weeding" mean? I love your sign and your sharing on how you made it.
Weeding is the process of "picking" the letters out of a stencil, or the extra vinyl off your project if you're actually using the letters that you cut out.
I hope that helps explain it.
I love this Gail! I just might have to make one too! One question about the contact paper stencil, what settings do you use on your Silhouette to cut the contact paper? Thanks!
I use speed 10, and thickness 2 or 3 and a blade setting of one. As the blade dulls, I make adjustments accordingly. Hope this helps!