Way back in early summer I purchased some old cupboard doors to turn into signs.
They are long and narrow, so I wasn’t sure I’d use any of them for Christmas signs since none of my Christmas stencils were sized quite right for them.
But I had some time on my hands over the Thanksgiving weekend, so I decided to play around a bit and see what I could some up with.
I started by painting one cupboard door in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth and the other in their Midnight Sky. I thought it would be fun to do one in the more traditional red and green, and the other in black and white (which will work better with my own décor).
So, I pulled out all of my Christmas stencils and just added bits and pieces of several to create a design that worked on the long, narrow cupboard door.
There are three different stencils creating the wording in the middle section.
And some of you might remember the truck stencil. I used it on quite a few things last year, but hadn’t yet used it this year. I’ll admit, it’s a bit putzy to tape off all of the different segments to use different colors of paint (because it’s just a single stencil rather than a separate stencil for each layer of color). But ultimately, it’s worth the effort.
Here’s the entire stencil on a pillow cover that I did last year …
By the way, all of the stencils I’ve used on both signs are from Maison de Stencils.
The cabinet doors came with some fabulous vintage black glass knobs. I took them off and put them in my stash of knobs, and then I painted up some wooden knobs to use instead. I added four of them along the bottom of the sign.
It would be adorable to hang a stocking from each of those knobs, but I didn’t have any that were the appropriate color and size so I just hung a cute little string of tiny knit stockings that I purchased a couple of years back.
But you could also put this up in the kitchen and then hang Christmas dish towels from it, or maybe a small basket full of evergreens, or some ironstone pitchers. Or hang it in the foyer and hang scarves and hats from it. Adding those knobs was easy to do and I feel like it adds so much potential functionality.
I kept the black sign a little bit more simple and monochromatic.
I did use a technique on the middle section that I haven’t done in a while, and that’s giving my stencil a ‘shadow’. Doing this adds a lot of depth to your stencil and it’s really fairly easy. You just stencil first in the color you want for your shadow, in my case I used Dixie Belle’s French Linen. Then, once that paint is dry, place your stencil slightly off to the side and down a bit, like this …
And then stencil with your final color, in this case Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth.
I love the way this turned out and it looks amazing in person, but it seems to be totally throwing off my camera’s ability to focus. As a result, I had a really hard time getting a photo of the sign where it didn’t look blurry. But trust me, it does not look blurry in person.
This time I did have some stockings to hang that were the appropriate color and style …
You’ll remember that I stenciled these a couple of weeks ago.
Originally I made this sign for myself, but in the end I decided to take it into the shop to see if it will sell. I do have two more of these cupboard doors, so I can always make another for myself between now and Christmas if I decide I simply must have one.
I’ve pretty much run out of time on selling Christmas décor though. I usually find that if I don’t have my Christmas stuff out before Thanksgiving there is a good chance it won’t sell. So I took one last load of Christmas stuff to the shop this week and that will be it for this holiday season. I’ll still be posting a few more holiday things here though. For example, next week I’ll share some Christmas wrapping that I crafted for this year, so be sure to stay tuned!
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