Aging Wood to Stencil a Vertical Porch Sign
Need a classy DIY project to liven up your front porch or entryway? Just check out what you can do with the Home Laurel Leaves Vertical Porch Stencil from Oak Lane Studio! In this tutorial we will show you how to age any piece of wood in one easy step to make your sign look vintage. Check out the list of everything you will need below!
To stencil your vertical porch sign you will need:
- Home Laurel Leaves Vertical Porch Stencil
- StencilEase Repositionable Spray Adhesive
- Frog Tape Painter's Tape
- Stencil Brush
- Americana Acrylic Paint
- Americana Finish Acrylic Sealer
- White Vinegar and Steel Wool to age the wood
To age wood overnight you will first need to create a stain using white vinegar and steel wool. Put the steel wool into a plastic container or jar, then coat it in white vinegar until it is submerged. After 2-3 days you will find that any steel wool that is above the surface will become a rusty brown color. Carefully submerge the steel wool and give the container a shake. You will know when this stain is ready when the vinegar liquid becomes rusty brown. Carefully remove and dispose of any leftover steel wool.
All you need to do now is apply the rust colored vinegar to your wood with a brush or rag and let it dry overnight! By the next day any new piece of wood looks like some reclaimed wood you found at the barn.
This is what our board looked like after one coat of the homemade stain the very next day. Even though it was coated in vinegar, the board did not smell like it the next day. Put a lid on the container and you can save the rust vinegar stain for any wood aging projects in the future! You may want to test out the stain on a small section of your project before starting and multiple coats will give the board a darker finish.
Before pressing your stencil to the project surface, use Stencilease Repositionable Spray Adhesive on the back. Give the spray 30-60 seconds to become tacky. Line the stencil up and press it firmly to the wood. Use Frog Tape Painters' Tape around the outer edges of the stencil to mask the wood from any stray brush strokes.
To stencil the project, you will need to use the dry brush technique. This involves swirling paint into the stencil brush to load it before swirling the excess off onto paper towel. If the stencil brush is too wet with paint it may bleed out beneath the edges of the stencil design. This would result less defined details and may look messy. Swirl paint into the brush on a paper plate, then swirl most of the paint off of the brush onto a piece of paper towel. The brush should feel about dry to the touch.
Swirl the stencil brush through the stencil design so that the first coat comes through very lightly. The paint should not be the final color you want at this point because that would be too much paint.
Feel free to peel off part of the stencil to take a look as you go! This is what the first coat of paint should look like. By stenciling in 2-3 like coats you get the precise details of the stencil design. This is the importance of the dry brush technique.
Here is the difference between the first and second coat of paint as you stencil the design. You won't need to reload the stencil brush often as you really want to see how far it can take you each time. When you find that very little to no paint is coming out of the brush, that is when to reload. Repeat the steps of swirling the stencil brush into the paint and swirling off the excess each time to prevent paint bleed. After the first time you load the brush the paint will go further.
After reaching 2-3 coats of paint you are ready to remove the stencil! It should feel just about dry at this point if you are using the dry brush technique right. The antique white paint through this Laurel Leaves Home stencil makes the perfect sign for your farmhouse style home!
The last step is to protect your paint job from the elements using Americana Acrylic Finish Spray. Apply two coats of the Gloss or Matte spray to keep the paint from getting weathered in rain or shine. We hope you enjoyed this DIY stenciling tutorial! Check out the video below for more information!