It’s a new month which means I’ve created new project for The Good Life blog- the DIY/Lifestyle blog hosted by Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina that I am a contributor for. Now that cooler weather is approaching (hurray!), I thought a coffee-themed project would be wonderfully seasonal.
One of my favorite, FAVORITE things to find at the thrift store is a wooden cutting board- even the ones that are terribly beat up and even a little gross. Why? Because they are super inexpensive and really easy to repurpose into a fresh idea. So when I found this little gem (for a whopping $0.60), I snapped him up immediately.
He was the perfect size for a farmhouse-style sign I had in mind. Not too big, not too heavy, but the right size for a stencil that I already had and really wanted to use. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Because he was a little stained (and not in the pretty way), we had to remove a layer or two of his previous life. Thank goodness for our orbital sander– in a matter of moments, all of the edges were fresh and revived.
After he was sanded and wiped down to remove the dust, I gave him a couple of coats of one of my favorite wood stains. It’s nice and rustic…perfect for a farmhouse-style sign.
When the stain had dried, I had a gorgeous canvas to work with! I love the remnant scars from knives…it gives it that weathered appearance that people pay a lot of money for!
I already had a stencil in mind- one that I had purchased on Etsy (but here it is on Amazon!!). And while I am basically a stenciling novice (having only really tried it once before), I decided to face my fear of stenciling a word!
I sprayed a touch of spray adhesive to the back of the stencil and smoothed it onto the cutting board. Then, I stippled the paint onto the stencil…carefully removing most of the paint before touching it to the board. Unfortunately, I was SO DARN EXCITED to see if it turned out, that I forgot to take a picture before I lifted the stencil off! But, look- it worked out!!
My sign was almost done…I just needed to add a hanging mechanism to the back using D-rings and braided wire…
And then I screwed in a couple of white robe hooks to the front of the sign. NOW it was done!
Ta-da!! A farmhouse-style rustic sign, complete with hanging coffee mugs (also from the thrift store). Isn’t it so cute? And I know, I know- the stenciling isn’t perfect…but I’m happy enough with how it turned out.
It makes me want a pumpkin spiced latte and get in the autumn frame of mind. And it also makes me want to go thriftin’ for more cutting boards- ha!