What was it about a this vinyl "Welcome" sign from ten23 Designs that had me wracking my brain? Well, I had too many places I wanted to use it - I loved the font! At first I wanted to do make it apart of a coat hanger...then a simple (but sweet) sign...and then I wanted it on my front door...and then...well, finally I had an idea that stuck!
So, yes I made a sign, but I was inspired to change it up a bit. We were getting ready to "Welcome" a lot of different people and things to our house during the holidays and so this idea was born....
I decided to add a chalkboard "label" to my sign to personalize it with the guest or season we are welcoming.
- Vinyl "Welcome" from ten23 Designs, Olive
- DecoArt chalkboard paint, black
- Foam brush, Rockler
- Sanding bug, Rockler
- Board, 10 " x 24" (I used what I had on hand)
- Paint - I used a quart of white paint I had on hand. You could use acrylic paint, spray paint, or something you already have.
- I am not hanging mine...at the moment, but am adding a DISChanger just in case!
- Old store or credit card (to affix the vinyl)
So this was a super easy and fun project anyone can do!
I ended up not using the knobs pictured hereDIY IT! 1. Clean board (mine had been sitting outside for a long while).
2. Sand rough patches if necessary. Rough patches can just add character, but if you don’t want that much character, sand away!
3. With the foam brush, paint the sign in long even strokes vertically and even on the sides (I hit my sides with paint but not heavy). Apply about 2 coats, let dry between coats.
4. After thoroughly drying, “dry position” (lay it on there w/o removing the back) “Welcome” vinyl on the board so you can see how it all fits. Make some small marks to show where you can paint your chalkboard label.
5. Paint label. I did not tape mine off or measure I just used the marks to show how wide and long I wanted it. The point was to make it look like I just swiped some chalkboard paint on it…which is what I did. Let dry for 48 hours.
6. Use the Sanding Bug and sand a over the board. Hit the edges and corners harder. I even sanded the edges of the chalkboard label.
7. Once dry, apply the vinyl - confirm the position you desire, remove the backing, line up and press down. Use a store card or a credit card to smooth the vinyl down. Once you have completely gone over the vinyl and it is adhered, remove the film covering the front…and you are almost done!
peel off backing
smooth out and apply to board8. Apply the DISChanger to the back. 9. After the chalkboard paint is cured, rub chalk all over and then then sign is ready to display.
My hubby wants it to say
"Welcome...now go home."
What are you ready to welcome!?