Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I picked up an old, dated looking message board at Goodwill. Made of pine (stained a lovely shade of orange), it sported both a chalkboard and a bulletin board. It’s a pretty handy piece, but one badly in need of a face lift, something that could turn it into an attractive message center.
Next I stenciled “MARKET” at the top with acrylic craft paint, using a stencil I bought at Walmart. You can see some bumps and unevenness because it’s made to look worn and old. I filled in the blank spaces with a fine paintbrush.
I use my handy-dandy trick of applying the paint with the large, flat end of a make-up sponge, available at the dollar store. They give a nice, even result and are easy to use. Once the paint had dried, I sprayed the word “Market” lightly with satin finish spray acrylic.
The final step involved applying a coat of paste wax to the entire painted surface, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then buffing it out by hand. I like the look of a wax finish, where possible, but it would have dissolved and smeared the paint, if I hadn’t first protected the stencil with the acrylic spray.
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