Farmhouse Christmas Cafe Sign
On a budget, one day project
Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines, it’s been a farmhouse frenzy all over the internet! You know the look; distressed wood, light and airy color pallets, sliding barn doors inside the house. All the heart eyes every time I watch that show, it makes me wish we could renovate our house. While that isn’t possible, I did want to jump on the bandwagon with a little farmhouse inspired Christmas project. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money, because well hello “20 something on a budget”! The only material that I bought was the wooden frame, and to be honest, I ordered the wrong one, but went with it anyways.
This little project turned out adorable, and while I probably could have taken a little more time and care so that the paint didn’t bleed as much as it did, I still like the rustic look it brings to the sign. Also, after I completed it, I had another idea of using it as a serving tray. Just add some sealer to the inside design and a couple small handles, you’ve got yourself a very merry Christmas coffee tray….. or with a different design it could be used for milk and cookies for Santa.
Darice Unfinished Wood Shadow Box (HERE)
Wood Stain, I used Red Mahogany (HERE)
Brush and Sponge
Vinyl for Stencil
Black Chalkboard Paint (HERE)
White Paint, I used house paint that we had
Sandpaper, I used 600 grit
Here’s how easy this is, that it only takes an afternoon to create.
1. Start by masking off the bottom portion of the frame. I start with the stain since the white house paint was thick enough to cover any accidental bleeding from the stain.
2. Then, use your brush/sponge to paint on the stain and then wipe off with a paper towel. Normally, I would use a sponge but my craft room is apparently a mess and I didn’t realize I ran out! But that’s okay, the paint brush worked just fine.
3. Once your stain has dried, you can mask off the inner edges of the previously stained frame, and then paint the bottom of the inside frame white. If you get any of the white paint on the edges, you can go back with a small paintbrush and paint over with the stain. Make sure your white paint dries completely before you start applying the vinyl stencil.
4. Next, open up Silhouette Design Studio, and open the design #230740. Resize the image so that it will fit within your frame. I resized mine to about 8 x 11. Then, add your name in your desired font. I kept it simple with Times.
5. Load your vinyl onto your mat, adjust your blade as needed, and send to Silhouette.
6. Weed out everything that will be painted black. For this design, it will be the text, but it could look just as cute if you painted the background black and left the font white. This would make it look like a chalkboard! (hmmm, idea for next one?!)
7. Next, apply your transfer tape to the design, lay it down on your frame as centered as possible (I completely missed judge my alignment, but that’s okay), press all the bubbles out and get a good stick, then remove the transfer tape.
It was this step that I probably should have done a little better. You want to make sure the vinyl is on there nice and good, otherwise you’ll have as much bleeding as I did. There’s still a chance of some bleeding no matter what, but we like to try for as little as possible!
8. Then, use your sponge to apply a coat or two of black chalkboard paint. I only used one coat and made just to blot the paint on, as to not get so much bleeding. (We see how that turned out for me!)
9. Once dried, carefully remove the vinyl to reveal your warm and cozy Cafe sign!
10. The final step is to take a piece of sand paper, I used 600 grit, and roughen up the lettering. The distressed look adds that vintage appeal to the sign that I love.
Even though this sign has a little more bleeding than I would have preferred, I absolutely love how vintage it looks, and how great of a holiday addition to our home it will become. There are so many great designs available that you could use with this frame, and I can’t wait to create my next one!