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How to make your own welcome sign

Habitat bright ideas with Fleur Thorpe – DIY projects

Make a statement welcome sign for your front door. Use your favorite colours and hand stencil letters to make an entryway masterpiece.

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Step 1:  Prepare your board by sanding off any rough areas with medium grit sandpaper, followed by a fine grit sandpaper to produce a smooth finish. Using a lint-free cotton cloth, wipe the Resene Timber and Furniture Gel over your board. It’s a good idea to wear disposable gloves. The more layers you apply, the darker the colour will get. Allow the Resene Timber and Furniture Gel to dry between each coat.

Step 2:  Once you are happy with the colour and your board is dry, use sellotape to attach your printout to the board. Make sure the word is centred and straight.

Step 1 - Paint furniture gel Step one

Step 2 - Stencil letters Step two

Step 3: Using a ballpoint pen, trace around each letter pressing firmly so that you leave an indentation on the wood.

Step 4:  Remove the printout and use the indentation as your guide to paint in the letters. Note that Resene Timber and Furniture Gel doesn’t require any topcoats like urethane.

Top tip: If you prefer a painted look, change the Resene Timber and Furniture Gel to a Resene testpot in your choice of colour.

Step 3 - trace letters Step three

Step 4 - Paint letters Step four

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Styling and images by Fleur Thorpe, 2018.

Habitat bright ideas
Need to add colour, pattern or a little creativity to your place? Check out these easy step by step DIY project ideas created in collaboration with Fleur Thorpe. We hope you enjoy making and painting these bright ideas and bringing colour to your home inside or out.

Fleur's projects | Habitat bright ideas


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