After having had to thoroughly clean my room after the terrible, terrible mistake I’d made previously, it was time to add the finishing touches to this sign.
It’s been a while since I last posted about this sign (two months? wow), so if you need recap, here’s some handy links for the previous posts on this project:
Bindy’s Place, Part 1 – Project introduction, concept image
Bindy’s Place, Part 2 – Shaping the wood base for the sign
Bindy’s Place, Part 3 – Scroll saw letter failure and switching to stencils
Bindy’s Place, Part 4 – Letters painted and spray-paint lesson learned
When I lasted covered this sign, I’d finished the wood sign and painted on the main letters – and I was very pleased with it. Here’s what that looked like:
It wasn’t finished yet, though, as it was still missing the heart and doggy-paw graphics. Since I had so much success with using the vinyl stencils on wood, I decided to use an almost identical process.
To start with, I measured the amount of free space I still had in the corners to add these graphics, taking into account that I wanted a good margin between everything to avoid a cluttered look. Once I had my measurements, I want to Google Image Search to find some images I liked, then imported those into the Silhouette Studio software, and had it auto-trace the graphics into a path. I then had the Cameo cut these stencils out of vinyl.
I didn’t have the right spray-paint colors, but that wasn’t a terrible issue. After all, paint streaks aren’t very noticable when you’re working on wood to begin with due to its natural grain.
Those with a careful eye will notice I ran into the same issue as with the letters – I had to deal with the edges between the wood underneath the stencil, so I cut through the stencils and tried to fill up the missing areas with small pieces of masking tape. I also added paper strips to avoid making a mess:
When I was done, I carefully removed the masking tape and stencils, and let it dry for a day. When I came back the next day, here’s what it looked like:
At this point I only had two more major things to do. First, an acrylic clear coat. You’d think that’d be easy, but I made the rookie mistake of trying to apply too much in a single pass, which started to eat away at the whitewash – particularly at the edges:
Luckily I noticed it before too much damage was done. Things went better when I started applying in thin, multiple passes, although this did take a long time. This is where it would have really paid to use a superior quality product, where less passes are required, and you’re done faster.
When that was done, all I had to do was add the hooks in the back and add a weather-resistant vinyl rope to finally complete the project.
Here’s the concept image I started out with:
And here is the finished result:
The client (okay, it was my mom) was super happy with the result, and everyone seemed to really like it. I hope you also enjoyed reading about the process of making this sign from start to finish! What do you think of the result? Let me know with a comment or a reply on social media!