Front Porch Sitter/Plank

Hi All,

I had done this Live Video on Facebook back at the end of November of 2020. I had gone to the Pinner’s Conference in Phoenix, AZ, and this is a project that I started there in one of the classes. It really makes a statement as you walk up to our door now. I love it!! Please the video for some additional information and the written directions below.

https://fb.watch/3nQ06FIhHF/

Supplies:

  • 1 inch x 6 inch x 6 feet wood plank
  • Base paint (White chalk paint used in this project)
  • Clear Wax
  • Paint in desired color for lettering/decal (I used chalk DixieBelle chalk Paint found Here.)
  • Stencils (I used Magnolia Designs….see video for more details on which and how to apply.)
  • Spray poly
  • Optional:
    • Fake Flowers
    • Felt or Wood Cutouts
    • Bells
    • Ornaments
    • Etc.

Instructions:

  1. Set up a safe painting area where you know paint won’t get anywhere it shouldn’t.
  2. Paint 2 base coats for a full coverage, or more depending on the paint you are using. Allow a full 24 hours before continuing.
  3. Apply a thin layer of clear wax. (I used FolkArt Home Decor Clear Wax which you can find on Amazon among other places.)
  4. Let that sit for about 10 minutes.
  5. Apply your stencils for desired placement. (As stated above, I used Magnolia Design Co. stencils on this project, but other companies also exist that have the same application process such as Chalk Couture.) Make sure to smooth the design down with your fingers for maximum adhesion. This will help the paint not bleed under the stencil since this type are stickers essentially.
  6. Paint with a dabbing motion to try to also avoid paint bleeding under your stencil. Remove stencil while paint is wet and wash with mild soap and water. While they are drying make sure sticky side is face up and once dry reapply to the original backing for storage to then be able to use the stencils for other projects.
  7. Allow for it to fully dry per your paint instructions.
  8. Then add any embellishments such as flowers or felt, or foam etc. to make it yours. I added mine with hot glue.
  9. I then added 2 coats of spray polyurethane to help protect the project from the elements since it sits outside. It’s lasted outside since making it with no visible wear at all and it has rained quite a few times this winter; some of which were torrential downpour type rains.

Have a great day, and keep creating!!

Published by Donna Beth Feagins

I am a mom of 2, wife, and am always looking to create something myself instead of buying it. I met Katy from Little Katy Bugs after becoming a mom, and we both love to craft, both have active families, and a tactful way of telling others what we truly think. I LOVE THAT!!! Art is subjective and so is crafting. So, you may not love everything we make or do, but our goal is to inspire you to create yourself and make things that you will LOVE! We do still sell some of our crafts on the site, at craft fairs, and Katy now participates in a booth store front. Check out our Facebook page for more on the booth. Sometimes we just need inspiration and camaraderie. I hope we can help provide those things to you. Sincerely Donna Beth, a Co-Blogger of www.LittleKatyBugs.com

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