First, thanks to so many of you for filling out our survey last week. I love hearing from you guys and can’t wait to share the results with you! (I’m going to give it another few days, so you still have time to take it! Wink wink.)
Another thing I unveiled last week was our new redesigned lavender dining room. It’s shiny and clean and fun and just begging for some regal dinner party. Or… scattered clothes since the kids were playing ‘bath’, a rogue pull up and an Amazon Prime packing box.
I promised to share step-by-step instructions for some of the projects, so I thought I’d start this week with one of my favorites… the Goodnight Moon stencil art.
Home Depot sells precut 2′ x 4′ birch panels for $10. I like these because they’re SUPER thin and light, but still wood so stainable, etc.
I wanted the panel to look aged and weathered so I started by giving it a coat of my favorite home-grown stain… but it didn’t take as much as I wanted so I resorted to good ol’ Minwax in Classic Gray. (I only let the stain sit for a minute so it’s not a wildly saturated color…)
For the stencil itself, I used basic 2″ stencils I had in my craft hoard. I gave myself a straight line with painters tape and then just eyed it as far as spacing… It hurt my head too much to plan it out better so the text is a little heavy to the left side of the board, but it’s still stinking cute and I love it.
With a foam pouncer and simple craft paint, this whole thing only took maybe an afternoon? I used a craft brush to fill in the stencil gaps so the letters were solid. Not laborious work; theoretically you could do this with Housewives playing in the background.
For the frame, I used 1 x 2s I had in our garage and gave them a mitered edge. I held the corners together with wood glue and then a couple of staples to hold it in place while the glue dried. Aaaaannnd… I forgot to take pictures. (I also managed to take a picture of the ONE corner where I didn’t sand the wood glue away enough… whatever. #rustic)
The stain on the frame is Minwax too: Provincial. To attach the frame to the board, I pre-drilled holes from the back and just screwed in around the frame (make sure your screws aren’t too long… you definitely don’t want them poking through the front side of your beautiful mitered frame). Simple D-rings with hanging wire on the back and Goodnight, stencil art.
Is anyone else loving graphic word art as much as I am?!
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