I picked up some salvaged wood boards at The Reuse Warehouse in Durham, NC this week. If you’re local you have to check out this salvage store. Great prices, cool stuff, and super friendly staff.
I grabbed a bunch of small boards that had loads of character. But didn’t really know what to do with them. But with all that character you don’t have to do much.
I decided to stencil one and just hang them all in a grouping.
I used this Go with the Flow image from Silhouette America. And used my Silhouette to cut out the image on contact paper. The contact paper is sticky but not nearly sticky enough to stick to all the bumps and imperfections in this 150 year old wood. So I sprayed the back of the stencil with this repositionable spray adhesive. Just make sure it’s repositionable. For the detailed font I had to use transfer tape. The transfer tape basically sticks on top of the image and allows you to place it on the board perfectly. Now for my trick… if you’ve ever stenciled on an uneven surface before you know how annoying it is when the paint bleeds under the stencil. And it always does. I have found that painting clear Gesso (you can pick it up in the paint section of any craft store) over the stencil first will seal the stencil. This should prevent the paint from bleeding underneath.Hung the boards up with simple sawtooth hangers.