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The latest project I have been working on is the Sundries Sign to hang over my pantry. I knew I wanted a vintage sign for my kitchen, but I wanted something unique. We moved to North Carolina five years ago and in those years we have explored all the different areas around Charlotte numerous times.
Every now and then on one of these excursions, I would see a sign for Sundries. Now I am originally from Florida and I have never seen or heard of a Sundry Store and had no idea really what it was. Basically, it means miscellaneous small articles, details, or items. Kind of like a small General Store. I thought it was a very unique idea for a sign for my pantry! Here’s how I did it~
I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the stencils but you could use another die-cut machine, regular stencils or my Paper & X-Acto Knife method.
- Silhouette Cameo or other die-cut machine or another method for stenciling
- 1 inch x 12 inches x 4ft wood plank (You can find these already cut boards at Lowe’s)
- Acrylic paint: Red, grey
- White Chalk Paint Recipe
- Minwax “Special Walnut” Wood Finish Stain
- Frog Tape Painters Tape
- Electric sander
- Contact paper
- Picture hanging hardware
- Pencil, rotary cutter and ruler
Let the paint dry and remove the tape. Now you are ready to make your lettering. I used the same Silhouette settings for contact paper as I used on my Rustic Rail Road Sign.
- Media~ Vinyl
- Speed~ 3
- Blade~ 2
- Cutting Matt -None
Font used for the word Sundries is “Bolton Light”.
Type your letters and then rotate them 90CW vertical.
*Please use these dimensions as a guide. Yours may differ from mine.*
- Page Height 8.5
- Width of Page 18
- Text size 451.0
- Spacing between letters 150%
- Cutting Mat~ None
I manually made my setting for the vinyl size to 10 x 15. My contact paper was already a 15 inch roll so I cut 10 inch wide strips with a rotary cutter. Reset to the small width of the Silhouette. Feed your vinyl and cut.
The font I used for the side sayings is “Snickles”.
- Page Height 6.5
- Width of Page 10
- Text size 72.0
- Spacing between letters 100%
When you are satisfied with your lettering size move onto the stencil.
Pull the letters out of the vinyl first and place them as they will actually be on the wood. This will give you a reference to where to place the vinyl. Place the stencil over the letter and remove the letters.
I found it easier with words or groups of letters to attach the contact paper across the top and slowly peel in a downward motion. It makes for a smoother application.
Press down to seal. I used White Chalk Paint for the edges and Sundries Letters. I used Grey acrylic paint for the side lettering and side edges.
I used a sponge applicator to lightly dab on the paint.
Stencil Tip: Remove the contact paper before it dries. I think the longer a stencil stays on, the longer it has to bleed. So remove as soon as you are finished painting. Touch up any mistakes.
Let the paint dry. Go over the letters lightly with an electric sander. Then over it again by hand with sandpaper. Take a small amount of the Special Walnut wood finish on a rag and smudge/shabby up the edges and on top of the paint for that damaged weathered rustic look. Add your picture hanging hardware to the back. And that’s it!