It’s no secret I love to stencil; it has turned into a fun hobby that simply helps me relax. I also enjoy coming up with fun ideas that inspire others which is always neat.
Today I’ve teamed with some of my favorite blogging friends who share a similar joy with stenciling for Christmas inspiration!
This is going to be fun so after my project, don’t forget to visit everyone else, we’ve all got something awesome for you.
Each blogger is using a different Christmas stencil of their choice, I chose You Cut Tree Farm from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils.
This is my sign, the “You Cut Tree Farm” I’m going to show you how to stain pine wood with paint and share my simple stencil tips.
I had this piece of wood in the workshop that was perfect; I wasn’t sure what color to stain, going natural is always my first choice until this small bottle of acrylic paint caught my attention. Did you know you can apply paint to look like a stain?
How To Paint Stain
- Wood base project – I used pine and sanded prior to stain application
- Paint pallet (Scrap piece of wood)
- Cotton rag
- Acrylic craft paint – you could also use chalk paint.
Once the board is sanded dab a little paint onto the pallet and dip the rag. Then lightly apply paint to the board and rub it towards the grain of the wood.
Start light and go darker if desired, I like the grain of the wood coming through so I did a combination of the two.
Make sure to cover both sides and edges of the board and let it dry, this should take about 30 minutes.
Since I’m using this sign indoors I didn’t bother treating the finish after it dried. This paint stain technique is one of my favorites and I continued using it in my workshops.
Have you ever thought about teaching a workshop class? I’ve a book out that will walk you through the process right here.
Stenciling the Wood
Once the board was dry the next step was to stencil.
My stencil was a little larger than the board so taping in place was a challenge; since these stencils are made from a strong material that wasn’t a big issue. I used the same method of stenciling as always.
- Apply white chalk paint to a small piece of wood.
- Load my brush with paint and then brushed off the excess before applying.
- Applied paint to the stencil using a dot method and reloaded the brush as needed.
When I removed the stencil everything transferred as planned.
For a worn look you could go over the sign with sand paper after the transfer is completely dried. I skipped this step because I loved the result.
Displaying the sign took me to the fireplace that we don’t use because I don’t like the mess, but hey I do love a good fire outdoors.
After incorporating a few elements like cotton shells and cedar swag I was pleased with the results. A simple Christmas display with natural elements is where my heart shines on this country farm.