When you are out and about garage sale-ing, thrifting, and browsing consignment and occasional shops too, you just never know what you will find. I am the queen of cheater building, but this was the start to a couple of really easy projects, even for me. I ran across these two directional signs at Morgan's Mercantile & General Store, a local occasional shop and Etsy store too. The owner confessed that she can't stencil and the signs weren't selling as is. I used to feel that way too about stenciling, but with practice and a really dry stencil brush, I think everybody can get the hang of it.
That same afternoon I painted a couple coats of Painter's Touch flat white paint on the smaller of the two signs. They had been base coated in dark brown paint.
Next I pulled out my complimentary Getaway Collection stencils from Funky Junk Friend Donna's Old Sign Stencil Collection. I used a small bristle style stencil brush and black acrylic craft paint for the lettering. I brushed on a coat of satin Polycrylic to protect the signs. You can always add another coat next year. Water based poly is non-yellowing.
I drilled a deeper hole with a longer drill bit on this sign than I usually do since it was heavier, and used a 1/4" steel rod instead of 3/16" for the ground stake.
If you would like to make this sign from scratch, the center is 1 1/2" square and 44" tall, and the dog eared sign boards are 12" x 3 1/2". This would be cheaper than my two pre-made signs but I am hoping to sell this one so my bigger garden sign will be free!