DIY Vintage Grass Shears & Stenciled Garden Shed Sign

April 23, 2018

 I purchased this metal sign at a local thrift shop recently.

It's a new sign made to look rusted and old.  

The saying funny but I am going to give it a makeover.

First I gave the sign two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint Champlain.  Fusion Mineral Paint sticks really well to metal, and seems to hold up well outside.

After the sign was dry, I gave the fresh paint a sanding with 220 grit sandpaper.  

Fusion distresses more like latex paint than chalk paint.

I stenciled on Shed using Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Paint in Black.  I added the flower on the left to to the left side of my word, using light green craft paint for the stems and leaves and red for the blossoms.

I gently sanded the stencils before sealing the sign with two coats of Varathane Water Based Polyurethane in a Matte Finish.  

Additional poly or spray sealer can be added in subsequent years, unless of course you want the sign to weather and rust.

I have a small collection of vintage grass shears.  

They usually sell for under $5 so I am going to use one for this project.

I used E6000 Adhesive to attach the back of the metal sign to the pair of grass shear blades.

E6000 is a very good adhesive for metal to metal application.  

I put some weight on glued areas until the glue had set.

This will hold up outdoors once properly cured, 24-72 hours.

DIY Vintage Grass Shears & Stenciled Garden Shed Sign
My grass shears had a hanging hole in the underside that I slipped over a nail.

The addition of the grass shears adds fun to the plain little shed sign. 

DIY Vintage Grass Shears & Stenciled Garden Shed Sign
I will be hanging the sign on my garden shed this summer!

DIY Vintage Grass Shears & Stenciled Garden Shed Sign
But until it's warmer, I will stage my new grass shears/shed sign with my newly purchased basket of violas from Menards!

The garden shops will open the first week of May.

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  1. Love this! What a great idea adding the sign to the garden shears! Love all your garden displays!!


  2. Positively beautiful and such warm character. Love this display!
    ~ Christina in SW FL

  3. you always come up with the cleverest ideas. so cool.

  4. Your garden vignettes are all beautiful and interesting. I like the idea of using the garden shears to hang your SHED sign. I can hardly wait to get outside and start planting and digging in the good old earth! Our spring is so late this year that I am chomping at the bit.

    1. I hope to get working in my gardens soon! It’s been a long winter! Thanks!

  5. I just LOVE how you mounted this sign! Themed so perfectly and genius! I can't wait to see this up on your shed! Adore your fresh take on things Carlene!


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