Stained Bunting Sign Tutorial

For some reason I got home from the Snap Conference and just want to try all of the products that I witnessed in action. Yep, I’ve been on a crafting kick for the past couple of days! Today’s feat? Minwax Express Color Stain.

minwax express color stained bunting signI decided to make a little sign for my craft room, something that could tie in with the DIY craft desk that I built last year.

I gathered my supplies:

  • Minwax Express Color Stain in mahogany
  • Staining pads
  • Wood cutout
  • American Crafts Thickers stickers
  • American Crafts bunting paper garland
  • Twine

minwax express color stained signMinwax seriously did not pay me to promote this one bit. I promise. But I’m going to say that they could pay me in free Express Color Stains forever and I’d be one happy girl. Seriously, this stuff is awesome.

minwax express color stainJust squirt a little bit onto your bare wood and rub it in. Yep, that simple. I’m a complete novice when it comes to staining and I felt like a pro afterwards. Seriously, what was I so scared about?

minwax express color mahogany stainOnce the stain was dry (about 5 minutes, no joke),  I added my thickers stickers to the sign.

minwax express color stained wood bunting signThen I added the cute little bunting paper garland and strung some twine through little drilled holes in my wood cutout to hang.

handmade bunting wood signYep, really that easy.

stained bunting sign tutorialI just love how the natural tones and variations of the wood still show through after I applied the Minwax stain.

minwax express color stain signAnd it looks perfect above my craft room desk. The color matches perfectly, whew.

stained bunting sign in craft roomSo, are you a pro at staining, or a novice like me?
I promise you, this Minwax Express Color Stain will change your life!

minwax express color stained bunting sign


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Decorative Laundry Room Sign

Do you remember voting for the winning Laundry Room sign design on my Facebook page last week? Well if so, here the completed sign that I created for my Laundry Room makeover.

I tried to keep the overhaul as cheap as possible so I ended up creating a bunch of the artwork myself, including this little sign. Here’s how I created it…

I gathered my supplies:

  • 16×20 inch artist board
  • vinyl lettering (download FREE ARTWORK HERE: dirty clothes.eps)
  • Country Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
  • clear & dark wax
  • paint brush
  • ribbon

First thing I did was center the vinyl lettering on the art board and stuck it in place. I carefully peeled the backing off to expose the white vinyl lettering (yeah, it’s hard to see… sorry).

Next I painted the entire sign board in a coat of Country Grey ASCP. Yep, right over the vinyl lettering too. Once it dried, I peeled up the vinyl lettering to reveal this…

Next I drilled two holes into the top of the sign for the ribbon.

And gave the whole sign a coat of dark and clear Annie Sloan wax. Tip: you will be able to scale down the dark wax if you apply the clear wax first.

I gave the edges some extra dark wax to have a grungy, dirty look.

I tied the ribbon through the holes and the sign is ready for hanging!

And here’s the sign in it’s final resting place! Yesterday I shared my entire Laundry Room makeover. You can see all the pics of the transformation here. Hope you enjoy!

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