My cousin Terry recently helped me with a small DIY project. What did she ask for in return? A rustic fence sign that says There’s Always, Always, Always, Something to be Thankful For.
She really didn’t give me much direction, simply telling me she wanted it to be around 14 x 36. I gathered some of my old fence boards and cut them to 36” in length. Using 3 boards meant that the height would be around 16 ½ because they are about 5 ½ inches each.
I do a lot of stenciling on old fence boards, and I’ve found the easiest way to do it is to cut the words out of Contact paper using my Silhouette Portrait. I’ve worked really hard getting the setting just perfect so that I can lift the entire stencil and place it on the board. After it’s in place, then I weed the letters out of the contact paper. This cuts out a step of having to place the oodles and boodles (the inner parts of a’s e’s, o’s etc) I almost forgot to take a picture of this step. You can see that I have removed some letters, but still have a lot more to do toward the right.
Before I paint them with Martha Stewart Foam Pouncers , I use a scrap piece of the contact paper backing to rub over the contact paper to help smooth it down. After pouncing the paint on, I immediately remove the contact paper, allowing oodles and boodles to dry slightly before I pick them off with my hook tool.
Are you visual? You can see a video with my step by step instructions in my post Repurposed Pallet Coffee Cup Rack.
I never tire of seeing the white paint on the gray, rustic fence boards.
I used some ripped pieces to secure the three boards together using 1 ¼” black drywall screws.
For heavy items like this, use these strong “d” ring hangers.
Here it is hanging on my fence. Terry says she really loves it. She was going to put it in a guest room of a house she’s been working on, but when I dropped it off to her, she said she would probably end up hanging it over her bed.
If you use contact paper for stenciling you should try this technique. It really does save time with the placement.
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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.