Spring is finally coming and I have a strong urge to decorate my front porch so I made this distressed wood “Hello Friends”sign with a french twist. After what has seemed like an awfully long and cold winter the snow is melting and the weather is getting warmer. I am so ready! I have had these old fence board pieces sitting around all winter just begging me to do something with them so I had my husband make a few into signs for me and he drilled some holes for hanging. He loves doing that type of thing and had some time so I let him go crazy.
So once my husband had put together this sign I painted it with chalk paint in my chosen color. I chose to use a light blue paint. I purchased the paint at Walmart for $5.97, very affordable as a little goes a very long way. It is Waverly Inspirations chalk paint in Pool. It went on really light but darkened slightly when fully dried. I was very pleased with the over all finish. Because my wood was very weather worn I didn’t need to do anything to achieve a distressed and worn look. If you have new wood that you are trying to achieve a distressed look on there are several methods out there for distressing that work well. I plan to do a project in the very near future involving distressing new wood so be on the look out for that.
I let the chalk pain dry completely (several hours or overnight is best). I had a cute little fleur de lis stencil so I added that to the top using a white acrylic craft paint and sponge brush.
After my sign was dry it was time to add my lettering. I created a printable for you if you want to use the same image that I used otherwise you can create your own. I created mine by using Canva and Picmonkey. If you have a software you are more familiar or comfortable with go ahead and use that. To make an image transfer of my printable I used a wax paper method. I found a tutorial and video here. Angela at Unexpected Elegance has a great video and tutorial post that shows you how to do this. I will suggest, as someone else in her post suggested, that you tape your wax paper onto a firmer piece of paper before feeding it into your printer especially if you have a front loading printer. It took me a few tries to figure out what worked with my printer but the end result was perfect. My sign size is 16-1/2 inches wide by 11 inches tall. The word “Bonjour” is in two parts that just need to be aligned together after printing and when transferring. If you have questions please leave me a comment below.
Here is the printable:
Just a note: This is my first printable post so if it doesn’t work for you leave me a note and I will fix it.
After I did my transfer of my lettering and because my wood for my sign was rather rough I did have to take a Sharpie marker to fill in some of the places where the transfer wasn’t as clear and sharp as I wanted it. That did the trick and the result was great.
I added two more embellishments with another stencil that I had just to dress it up a bit more because I felt it needed a little something more. Then I used some jute cord for hanging through the holes that my husband drilled into the top of the sign. After everything was dry I did use a sealer to protect it. I had this stuff from Mod Podge on hand and it worked nicely as it is a matte finish so it didn’t make it shiny which I liked.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you have as much fun making your sign as I did making mine. I would love to hear from you if you decide to try this and let me know how it went. If you have any suggestions for future posts I am always open to ideas.