“Home” Wooden License Plate

I have been seeing a lot of “Home” signs on Pinterest where the “O” in home is the state that you live in, and thought to myself that would be fun to make! We have lots of sign options but decided to use our Wooden License Plate (#62809) for this project.

You will only need a few supplies to create this sign. I went on the web to find state shapes and printed out the state of Oregon and then sized it to fit the lettering from theĀ  “Home Home Home” stencil that is from the FolkArt Stencil Value Pack Phrases (#71932).

Paint your surface with Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Relic (#15407). Let it dry and then apply Americana Decor Crackle Medium (#72005) and let it dry completely. Then paint your top color with Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Timeless (#15103). Make sure to not over work the paint, try to go in one continuous direction. If you have a few think areas where a brush stroke shows, that is ok, you are going for an aged rustic look. Let your background dry completely.

Once your background is dry, trace on the H, M, E, and the state shape. I outlined all of these first with the Identi Pen (#70830) and then filled the shapes in with DecoArt Americana Lamp Black (#13067).

Finish with your favorite varnish.

That is pretty much it for this project. I now just have to find a ribbon to run through the cutouts to hang this on my wall.

These would make great Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Happy Painting!

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Garden Picket Sign

I have always wanted to paint a garden sign, why have I not done it until now? Well, time for one, but also, I have so many hobbies and crafts that I tend to bounce around from project to project alot, and well, the garden sign just never happened.

We put up a small section of picket fence, oh about 11 years ago and I have had a small section floating around the yard that my boys used to build forts with and ramps, and it has managed to stay in one piece over the years. So, I decided I would use that shabby piece of picket fence and make it into my garden sign this year.

First off, I wanted to try using DecoArt’s new Americana Decor Wood Reclaim (#87427) and see how it would work on the rough pickets. I chose not to sand the pickets, but just dive right in and start painting every inch with Wood Reclaim. I used two coats to really give a good cover to the wood on both the front and the back. This product made the rough and aged pickets feel smooth again. I let it dry over night and then I was ready to paint.

I chose to use DecoArt Patio Paint for extra durability. For the background color, I used the darkest green I had, you could use any color that you like or have on hand, this is where you can have alot of fun. I once again did two coats for the background color for the front and the back, this pretty much used up all of the green, but hey, what is paint there for, but to be used. I let this dry overnight, which actually led to several days of sitting and drying due to lack of time to work on the sign. You all know how life can sometimes get in the way of crafting and painting.

Then with some stencils I had in my stash of supplies, I spelled out, “Welcome to my garden”. I chose to trace them on and then carefully outlined them with my brush and a soft yellow paint and then filled the letters in. I chose to do two coats for a more solid finish. When it came to the flower designs, I knew I really didn’t want to trace patterns on, so I decided to freehand all of my designs and sketched them in with a white chalk pencil starting with the daisies on the top of each picket. Then I sketched out the vines on the cross bars.

Looking through the my paint colors I had at home, which was not the entire line of Patio Paint, I made my plan. I painted the daisy petals white with a yellow center and then stippled layers of brown to the centers for more detail. The vines were painted with a script liner and a dark brown and then I went over them again with a lighter brown for highlights. The leaves and flowers are all stroke flowers that were just quick and easy, as well as fun to paint. Then I added a few dip dots here and there along the vines in a light pink and blue to match the center dots of the small stroked flowers. With this part, you can paint any type of flower you want, I really wanted a fun whimsical look, so I did not worry about being exact.

After all the flowers were dry, I outlined the larger daisies with black for petal separation. Let the paint dry for about 24 hours, just to make sure it is good and dry. Then apply two coats of Patio Paint Clear Coat for the finishing touch. I let it dry for about 72 hours to make sure that the paint was cured.

Then the task was to where I was going to put it in our yard. I moved it around and around and then settled on the spot where it would be. I am very happy that I found the time to create this sign and love how it turned out. I think I am ready to paint more garden signs now!

Happy Spring and Happy Painting!
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Patio Paint Garden Statue Redo

Do your garden statues need to be freshened up a bit? If they are like some of ours, they are in need of a fresh coat of paint, one of ours in particular!

When both of our boys finished 8th grade, we planted a tree for both of them in separate gardens in our backyard and they have added statues and such to decorate their gardens. My youngest son, Cameron, picked out an adorable black bear wearing blue overalls for his garden and after just three years in the garden we noticed this year that he really needed some new paint.

So, I brought him inside and washed him in the kitchen sink and got all of the loose paint off and then let him dry for about 24 to 48 hours before I started to work on him. I chose to use DecoArt Patio Paint to bring him back to life and all my son asked was to try and match the original colors.

The first thing I did, was give him a good coat, or two of the Patio Paint Clear Coat. I did this just for a little extra sealer and protection before painting. I then chose my colors and set to work.

Every color I did at least two coats on, some I thought needed three to cover the original paint. I chose to shade and highlight the overalls just for added detail, but other areas I chose not to shade or highlight at all.

When I was happy with the coverage of all the areas, I let the statue dry for 24 hours and then I did two coats of the Patio Paint Clear Coat again. Then to for more durability, I sprayed him with DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze. It gave him a shiny look, but I really wanted him to have a little bit more protection.

Once he was good and dry, we took him back out to his place in the garden where he stands waiting for the garden flowers to bloom around him.

My son’s smile said it all…I don’t think he thought he would turn out as good as he did…he really needs to have a little more faith in his mom…LOL

So, if you want to give new life to your garden statues and figurines, I recommend giving DecoArt Patio Paint a try. I think you will be pleased with all of the results.

Happy Spring and Happy Painting!

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