For all of my interior projects, I like to incorporate unique pieces that cannot be bought at a store. If you can find everything I do in a store, why hire a designer, right?
So, I give you one of my favorite DIY projects to date:
The Hanging Decorative Wooden Guest Bath Sign
Gather up all of the supplies you’ll need:
1 pkg wooden ovals
1 tube wood glue
1 pkg gold metal cup hangers
1 small metal plant hanger (I found this one at Lowe’s)
1 pkg various size paint brushes
1 sheet vinyl wall art decals
1 vinyl application tool
1 qt Annie Sloan Old Ochre
1 qt Annie Sloan Graphite
1 can Annie Sloan Clear Wax
1 can Annie Sloan Dark Wax
1 lint-free rag
1 old newspaper to protect your counter-top
The package of wooden ovals I purchased from JoAnn Fabric were too thin for our bath sign. I decided to beef them up by gluing two ovals together. (Apply a generous portion of wood glue around the entire surface and press tightly together. I then clipped them with a snack clip to hold the pieces in place until dry. Allow 12 hours.)
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ is not to be confused with chalkboard paint found in your local hardware store. No, no, no! This Chalk Paint™ is a specialty paint that needs no primer or sanding … it can be used as a limewash, to add texture or dimension to your piece … age, or even bring out the grain of wood.
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This DIY Bath Sign Project is Fun & Easy
Chalk Paint™ has a matte finish, so it’s best to make long strokes with your paint brush WITH the grain of the wood. I painted one side of the bath sign ovals with the color Old Ochre, waited 12 hours and then flipped them over to paint the other side.
After carefully measuring the wooden ovals, our design team made me a sheet of vinyl wall art decals to act as stencils.
Who knew? Vinyl wall art can be a great stencil for painting words on walls, furniture, craft projects … the list goes on and on!
I did lightly go over the letters with a piece of low grit sandpaper, just to give the letters a slightly aged look.
Now … wax the entire wooden oval bath sign plaque using Clear Soft Wax with a lint-free cloth or a wax brush. For this step, apply the wax in the same direction as your paint. You don’t need much wax to cover these small ovals, so use sparingly. You will notice that the wax will darken the paint slightly. Allow 12 hours to dry.
Next, to make my bath sign look more rustic, I’ll follow up the clear wax with Dark Soft Wax. Again: be sure to use long strokes to apply the wax evenly over the sign, following the grain of the wood. Remove any chunks or imperfections in the dark wax by lightly skimming across the oval with a clean portion of your rag, and allow the wax to dry completely.
When the dark wax has dried, you may want to buff it. Rub slowly and in good lighting to buff lightly with a soft rag to increase shine.
Whatever your project, we’re here to help! If you’d like to use vinyl wall art as a stencil for your project, please contact our team with details!