Winter Décor with a Snowy Stenciled Sled

Winter Décor with a Snowy Stenciled Sled

When I spotted this outdated decorative sled at Goodwill, the calendar read May and our southern summer was beginning to rear its ugly, sweaty head. I tossed it in my cart and filed it away as a Christmas project for later that year. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but Christmas came and went…and the sled was still collecting dust in my garage. That’s when I decided to ditch the red and green for icy blue and silver, to transform the sled into winter decor.

Vintage decorative wooden sled to be upcycled with a DIY winter decor makeover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…definite potential here…

Sure, part of the sled was already blue…but it was grungy and dark. And since I was already envisioning painting the rails silver, freshening up the blue seemed like a wise choice. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. Some materials (including the stencil and DecoArt products), have been provided to me free of cost, but any/all opinions are my own.

Vintage decorative wooden sled to be upcycled with a DIY winter decor makeover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s beautify this thing…

To makeover the sled into fresh, clean winter decor, I selected a dark metallic silver paint for the rails that I am, admittedly, obsessed with. I seriously cannot get enough of this color!

Transforming a thrift store decorative wooden sled with paint and stencils for DIY winter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Rails first!

For the sled itself, I envisioned a fresh bright blue that had a touch of grey in it- think of a brighter, louder Wedgewood blue. And I also planned to distress it a little to give it an aged, well-loved sled look. Sure, I could have looked for a fancy chalk (or similar) paint in the color I wanted, but I honestly didn’t feel like trying that hard! Plus, I secretly love how regular ole’ latex paint distresses…so I headed to the hardware store for an inexpensive sample of paint.

Transforming a thrift store decorative wooden sled with paint and stencils for DIY winter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now for the sled itself…

Now, as much as I love that dark silver paint that I mentioned before, I did want to “weather” the rails a little. Not quite a “rusty” metal look, but more like a “these are gonna rust soon” look- does that make sense? Anyway, I decided to rub some dark brown crème wax over the silver…and it worked swimmingly!

Aging silver sled rails for DIY winter decor with dark brown wax by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Straight silver, before the dark wax…

Aging silver sled rails for DIY winter decor with dark brown wax by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now aged metal, after brown wax!

The sled was coming together better than I had even hoped! But to really bring it home, I wanted to stencil something on the blue…something wintery, something snowy.

Hmmm…

Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils to the rescue! I selected the “Winter Graphics” stencil for my winter décor project because I figured white snowflakes on my blue sled would be divine! Plus, the stencil had three different sizes of snowflakes on it…which was even better!

Using Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils for DIY Winter Decor on a decorative wooden sled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now for the final touch!

I grabbed my favorite stencil brushes (purchased from this online shop), some painter’s tape, and white craft paint and began to add snowflakes to my sled.

Using Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils for DIY Winter Decor on a decorative wooden sled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adding stenciled snowflakes…but will it look ok??

Now the moment of truth- how does it look??

Using Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils for DIY Winter Decor on a decorative wooden sled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

LOVE!

PERFECT! Every. Single. Time. I am always blown away by how well my work turns out when I use Old Sign Stencils…have mercy…

I finished up the entire sled, moving the stencil around, letting the snowflakes hang off the sides a bit and incorporating the natural break between the wood in the center.

Using Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils for DIY Winter Decor on a decorative wooden sled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All done!

Because I had already lightly distressed the edges of the sled before I stenciled, I needed to *very carefully* sand the areas of snowflake that went over the sides. The white paint stood out against the exposed distressed wood! But that was it…my winter décor sled was done!

Thrift store transformation of a wooden decorative sled into DIY winter decor with paint and stenciled snowflakes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

There- doesn’t that look lovely? Nice and simple (winter décor isn’t very fussy, after all)- incorporating blue, white, silver and a touch of brown. Just like the outside winter landscape!

Thrift store makeover of a wooden decorative sled into DIY winter decor with paint and stenciled snowflakes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cool, clean, and pretty!

Creating winter décor for your home doesn’t come as naturally as the other seasons, does it? But I REALLY love how this turned out…and maybe it’ll inspire me to try my hand at more ideas. And if you want more winter décor inspiration, I actually have a round-up of great ideas here!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Well, your timing is perfect! I am currently working on a very small little sled (maybe about 8 inches long by about 4 inches wide); haven’t painted it yet as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Your sled is PERFECT and gives me some inspiration! Thanks!

  2. Jenni Trimmer says:

    SUper cute winter decor. I love that it’s not limited to the holiday! The brown wax on the metallic was spot on.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Jenni! I wasn’t sure how the brown wax would work (I had never used it before), but it was perfect…or as close to perfect as I cared about! 🙂

  3. Boy, you have the best darn thrift and goodwill stores in your area. I can never find good stuff like you do at the ones close to me.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It probably helps that I go to thrift stores a LOT and I have lots of different store options…in fact, driving 30 miles to the city next door to hit their thrifts today!

  4. Gorgeous. Blue and silver are go to colors for so many people now. The silver is so much prettier than RUST! You could “Christmas it up” with an easily removable sign if you wanted. Turn it sideways and and add a cocoa bar sign! I am already so sick of winter here in Maine, I have a bouquet of faux daffs on my coffee table; Al just went out to shovel….AGAIN! Winter is 3 weeks longer here in ME than it was in NH where I grew up…and THAT’S too long. Crafting does help dispel the winter blahs for me, thank goodness!

  5. I love this Sarah! I really like the blue, silver and white color choice too!!!

  6. Cheri Hins says:

    How cute is that? Wow. Love the runners. They turned out great. 👍

  7. acraftymix says:

    The chance of me finding a sled here in South Africa are about as slim as me baking a cake that doesn’t flop 😀 But I love what you did Sarah. Those rails do look like they’re almost ready to fall into rusty gorgeousness. Perfection as always

  8. Love ‘all winter long” decorations. Thanks for sharing.

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