Painting Wooden Signs with Vinyl Stencil

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In an effort to get right to the point of this tutorial, I wanted to go over a method for painting wooden signs. Most of the signs that I have made before have been painted wood with vinyl overtop of them. Some customers, however, like a cleaner look of it all painted. This is extremely beneficial if you are going to hang the sign outside.

1. Start with a painted surface. I used a chalkboard paint and then “distressed” it with a light blue overtop, so it looked like a worn chalkboard.

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2. Cut your vinyl. I used black vinyl (confusing, I know), because it’s what I had the most of. I used an outdoor vinyl, because I needed it to be a strong stickiness. Peel off the letters, leaving just the background and inside of the letters o/e/d/g/a/etc.

In addition, for this project, I didn’t use my good transfer tape (since I didn’t really need it). I used Press and Seal wrap instead as a cheaper alternative. I don’t like to use this all the time, but it worked for this project.

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3. Press the vinyl “stencil” onto the wooden board.

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4. Carefully peel off the transfer tape. It’s ok if you have some uneven bubbles, but it’s best if you get get them out.

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5. Using Mod Podge (matte finish), paint a layer onto the wood, where you will put the paint. I didn’t do a thick layer on this project, but I think that it would be best to do more than a thin layer.

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6. When it is mostly dry (but not all the way), you can get ready to paint the letters.

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7. Paint the letters using 2-3 coats (depending on the paint).

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8. Before the paint is completely dry, peel off the vinyl carefully. Look at the great, clean lines.

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9. Peel off the insides of the letters

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11. Overall, it is a clean look. There were only a few places of bleeding paint, and that was due to the vinyl bubbling. You can easily fix this with a paint brush and steady hand.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I’m going to try this today to make an outdoor sign because I don’t have outdoor vinyl.

  2. what was the purpose of the modge podge?

  3. Instead of the Mod Podge if you use the background color it works really well. You won’t have as many runs underneath . I also let it dry completely before I peel the vinyl. Just another way.

  4. Shannon says:

    So I See I’m a couple years behind but, can you tell me how you are cutting out your vinyl to use as a stencil?

  5. Danielle says:

    Why do you need to use the mod podge?

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