LAKE Directional Sign with Old Sign Stencils

July 24, 2016

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!

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Carlene this turned out great. I'm getting ready to make something similar.

  2. What a cute idea! This made me think of my gardens and how a sign like this could be cute for it.

  3. I love signposts like this. So cute for the gardens! Pinned to share.

  4. Love how you painted and stenciled the sign's, I just love Donna's stencils.
    I went to Morgan's Mercantile site. what a great store.
    I would love to have your little sign. Would you email me your price and of course there would be shipping and handling, I don't know if you even want to mess with that, but if you do and you haven't sold it yet send me an email.

  5. Nice idea, those are really good looking for my country house backyard! Thanks!

  6. What an amazing find and a perfect way to show off those fabulous Old Sign Stencils!

  7. I couldn't love this more if I tried! Now my brain is scrambling for dream locations... how fun would that be?! Really cool project, Carlene! And thank you for your mentions!


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