Monday, July 18, 2011

DIY Stenciled Bird Chargers

When I saw this project for stenciled bird chargers on Shanty 2 Chic’s blog, I knew it was something I wanted to try.
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It’s not new and I can’t take credit for the idea, but here is my version with a tutorial.
I purchased an 8’ pine board from the hardware store and cut in six 12x13 inch pieces.
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For this project, I used Minwax stain in red mahogany:
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Just dip a sponge brush in the stain and then brush on the board.  I brushed in the same direction as the grain. 
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I let it sit about a minute to penetrate.
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Then just wipe off with a clean paper towel.
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I did half of the surface area at a time so I could keep the color consistent.  When it’s done it should look like this:
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Next, I used my Cricut to cut some bird stencils on contact paper. Laying out the stencil is tricky! It took me a verrrry long time to get it just so. Be patient and take your time.
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I used Behr' paint (Cozy Cottage) and a dry brush to paint the stencil area. 
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Use a little bit of paint on a dry brush and pounce up and down rather than brush side to side.  This keeps the paint from seeping under the stencil.
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After it dries, remove the stencil.  Almost done!
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Repeat the steps for each board using a variety of stencils.
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Last, I sprayed three coats of a clear matte sealer to protect the surface.
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  Finally done!
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Thank you, Shanty Girls, for a great project!
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8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tutorial..It's easy to follow and I know I will be trying this..Your project looks so nice on your table..Have a great week..
    Janet

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  2. Great tutorial! Easy to follow and love the outcome! Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Oh thats beautiful. What a great idea!

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  4. I love them and I'm going to "copycat" this idea for my outdoor table! Lesa

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  5. Oh these are really good. Well done.

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  6. These are so pretty! You could drill out a little hanging hole on the back and hang them on your porch wall when they're not in use. Love these!

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  7. Love this! I am decorating my baby's nursery in birds. Thinking i want to do this and hang on one of walls! Wish I had a cricut to make those stencils. Having a hard time finding bird stencils i like!

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