Life is short lick the spoon wood sign + FREE SVG
Use this free life is short lick the spoon FREE SVG to make your own decal or painted wood sign.
DIY HUMOROUS KITCHEN SIGN
I’m sure you’ve seen all those gorgeous gallery walls on Pinterest. You know the ones that have all the perfectly placed together farmhouse pieces. If you still aren’t sure what I’m talking about here are some awesome kitchen gallery walls on Pinterest.
Anyway, my friend is making one in her home…in her beautiful home that really probably was a true farmhouse in its day… and she asked me to make her a final piece to finish it up.
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She sent me a pic of a sign that said “life is short don’t lick the spoon” and asked if I could make one like it. Of course I said yes!
I used the photo she sent me as inspiration and created my own SVG for the painted wood sign. You can get the same SVG I used here in my free resource library.
DIY – LIFE IS SHORT LICK THE SPOON aqua stained wood kitchen sign
Here’s what you need
wood base, I used a 1×10 pine board I got from my local hardware/lumber store
stain – I used this aqua color from Rust-Oleum
chalk paint – I used the color Sheepskin
1.CUT THE WOOD & STAIN
I used a 1×10 and used my Ryobi miter saw to cut it square. If you aren’t familiar with lumber it actually doesn’t measure 1”x10” it’s more like .75”x9.25”. So, I cut my piece to measure 9.25”x9.25”. Then gave it a light sanding using 120 grit sand paper.
My friend asked for AQUA STAIN which is a gorgeous color! I had it on hand so I stained it up then let it dry. After it was completely dry I took my Ryobi sander and sanded around the edges and corners then lightly over the front. This gives it a more rustic farmhouse look.
2.CUT OUT & WEED THE STENCIL
While your wood base is drying cut your stencil out. I used my older model Cricut Explore and it still works like a champ! If you don’t have a fancy cutting machine I highly recommend getting one, even if you can’t afford the Maker (there’s no shame in that I still don’t even have the Maker lol!). Be sure to read 10 must have supplies and accessories to get started using a Cricut.
I use Oramask stencil film for most all of my stenciled projects. If you plan to make LOTS of painted wood signs check out this post I wrote on where I buy my stencil film in bulk to save a ton of money.
3. APPLY THE STENCIL
Apply your clear transfer tape onto the front of your stencil. Remove the paper backing from your stencil. Place your stencil sticky side down onto your wood base.
Rub your stencil with your vinyl squeegee and slowly roll your transfer tape off of your stencil. FUN FACT: you CAN reuse your transfer tape over and over again.
Go over the stencil with your finger or your vinyl squeegee to make sure there aren’t any air bubbles. If there are smooth them out.
4. PAINT THE STENCIL
I used chalk paint to paint my stencil. If you want to use the same color it’s called SHEEPSKIN.
A dabber like this one is great for stenciling. For the best results and virtually no paint bleed lightly dip your dabber into your chalk paint then dab off the excess, you want very little paint left on the round sponge dabber. Using a pouncing motion paint the exposed areas of the stencil.
Let dry, then repeat till you are satisfied with the coverage. Typically 2 coats is the perfect amount needed.
5. PEEL UP THE STENCIL
I will usually always peel my stencil up while the stencil paint is still wet. While this is my preferred method this may not work for everyone, and that’s totally ok.
Start by peeling up one corner of the stencil and peel it off toward the opposite corner.
Use a sewing pin or xacto knife to peel up all the middle areas.
Let your painted areas dry then you are ready to display in your home.
I hope you enjoyed this sign painting tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.