Thursday, November 29, 2012

Joy Porch Sign

I got together earlier this week with a few girlfriends who were wanting to do a Christmas porch sign.  It was so much fun, and they all turned out so cute!

I got the vinyl from Chatty Walls.  We used the negative of the vinyl so that we could use it as a stencil and paint the lettering on, and then pull the vinyl off.

This sign is HUGE!  It's 6 feet tall by about 16 inches wide.

You will need 3, 1x6x6 foot boards
plus 2 pieces for the back cut at 14" each.  These don't have to be the 1x6, but just whatever you have lying around in your garage that you want to use up, any scrap will work.
12, 1 1/4" wood screws
an electric drill
an electric sander
 As for the paint, we used 3 colors.
Chocolate Brown is the undercoat, we watered this down so it is more like a wash.
Cream on top of that
and any Red you love for the lettering.

First you lay all the wood down and line them up nice and square, then put your 2 pieces cut at 14" across the top and bottom.  Then, on those 14 inch boards, screw in the wood screws (2 per 6 foot board) on the top and bottom.  If you do just one per board, top and bottom, the wood will shift and swing and not be stable.

After it is all assembled, then do you base coat.  It does not need to be perfect.  You are distressing and sanding the crud out of it anyway.  We watered that down so it would dry quickly and look somewhere between a stain and paint.  Then we painted cream on top of that when it was dry.
After the cream is done drying, put your vinyl stencil onto the wood and rub it down good to make sure paint doesn't leak under too much. 
Then paint your lettering on!  

When this is dry, pull off the vinyl stencil and take it outside to sand.  I roughed it up a bit and tried to sand a bit of the cream off so you could see the brown come through to accentuate the knots and grain of the wood.  

I love it!  It is large and you can see it from the street!


  1. Love this sign ... Do you know the name of the font?