Signs and Stenciling for the Home

Welcome and thank you my dear blogging friends for the sweet comments, prayers and concern that you gave me while I was taking some down time last week to take care of the myself with  Bronchial pneumonia. It is real nasty stuff and it really took away any energy that I had. It has gone through out the family now so I hope it is gone for good. I healed so quickly this time and I know it was from all the prayers that you and loved ones gave to me. Thank you so much again.

Before all of this happened I had started to make some fun signs for my home and to do some stenciling. This was a really fun project, it was easy and fun and added a lot of character to my vignettes in the house

signs making

My son brought home some great pallets. I was so excited and knew just what I wanted to do with them. Some of the boards were wider than the other, I will be making some more that are wider. I broke this slat in half to give it a little rustier look. Then I painted it with a gray wash and let it dry good before I stenciled on it.

signs vintage

Here is one of the sweet little signs completed that says “VINTAGE Love”.

signs welcome 1

I has hoping that this sign would fit above my mirror that is above the fireplace mantle. But it isn’t wide enough. I left the nail in it just because. This sign says ” WELCOME FRIENDS” in Danish, the home land of my Grandmother and her side of the family.

signs making believe

I bought this board from Michael’s hoping that it would fit above the mirror but it was about 1/4′ to wide. I just can’t seem to get it right some days. I painted it with black chalk paint, then stenciled BELIEVE on it in white, then painted it in with white chalk paint. I used a fun little stencil on the edges for some variety.

sign home2

As you can see I am no pro at stenciling I always seem to be a little heavy handed with the paint. I get in to big of a hurry to see the end result. Also I sanded it in both directions and this just about ruined the sign.

signs hutch

I did some stenciling on plates, jars and wooden boxes.  I used special dates in my life, it’s kind of a fun reminder. The 50 is my parents wedding year.

Signs home

This was a really fun sign to make. I used a piece of wood that belonged to an old dresser. I added crackle to the surface then painted it with white chalk paint. I used a black Sharpie for the stenciling. So much easier. After it dried I lightly sanded it in one direction!

signs french

This sign is stenciled with a French bakery motif that I use in the kitchen. My house really is a melting pot from all over the world. The Boulter’s are French German.

sign stencil chest

I sprinkled a few years around the house. This is one of my sons birth year.

sign owl

It is so amazing how some of the simplest things can really add to your decor. Here I just used some stick on chalk board labels and a chalk marker they are so much easier to use then chalk.

I hope that you will all have an amazing day!

See you soon!



I will be partying this week at these great blogs, come and check them out!


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home

Inspiration Monday Party @ What Meegan Makes

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill


Tuesdays With a Twist @ Back 2 Basics

The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm

Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner

Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose

Tweak it Tuesdays @ Cozy Little House

Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques

Tuesdays with a Twist @ God’s Growing Garden



Before & After Wednesday @ The Dedicated House

What’s It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasures

WOW @ Savvy Southern Style



Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Home Matters @

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner

Idea Box @ Mila’s Little Things



Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Party Junk @ Funky Junk

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Shabbilicious Friday Link Party @ Shabby Art Boutique

Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

53 thoughts on “Signs and Stenciling for the Home

  1. This is inspiring me to get busy and get some signs made. I’ve always loved the vintage looking signs, I have a ton of old pallets around here, and I just need to acquire some stencils. Thanks for the motivation. Pinned this!


  2. Love all of these Jo. You did great with the pallet pieces. I think I need to make a few signs out of old pallet wood.


  3. So happy to hear that you’re feeling better! Looks like you’ve had a great deal of pleasure creating all your stenciled pieces, and so much better that they have special meaning for you.


  4. Anne,
    During the entire month of January and February I also had Bronchial Pneumonia because of Bronchitis. I empathize with you and understand how weak it leaves you.
    Love your signs made from pallets, especially the welcome friends in Danish. The print of the owl is amazing! Thanks for visiting me in Spotlight and leaving a sweet comment behind.


    • I’m so glad that you came by to visit! So sorry that you had to have that nasty stuff. A cold always goes right to my chest. The owl picture is one that my father took years ago, I just love it. He was a great photographer. I look forward to getting to know better Vera. You have a amazing day! Hugs, Jo


  5. I love your collection of fun stenciling projects! What a great idea to sprinkle the special years around your home too! It is so good to know that you are feeling better, and that the pneumonia wasn’t as bad as it usually is for you. Hugs to you today 🙂


  6. So many great ideas! I would love to make my own signs… I just have a couple of BIG projects lurking (in my garage) So I will have to put the sign making off for a season. LOL! Thanks so much for sharing this post with my “Let’s Talk Vintage!” link party today!


  7. Oh Jo,
    Your signs turned out great. The “Believe” one is my favorite…maybe because it is one of my most faforite inspirational words 🙂 I am glad to hear you are feeling better.

    Hugs and Kisses,


  8. Lots of fun, whimsy and charm in these signs, Jo. I’ve never done a sign, but think it would be tons of fun to do. I’m so glad you’re over the pneumonia. Enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs, Nancy


  9. So happy that you are feeling better!!!…..You surely have a lot of beautiful stenciling in your home…great job and you have so wonderfully personalized your home….the number reminders must make you smile every time you see them!


  10. How pretty and absolutely delightful, dear Jo! Your stenciling projects look lovely in your home 🙂

    I am very happy to hear you are feeling better, sweet friend. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!


  11. Hi Jo! I just wanted to let you know this lovely post has been featured at Roses of Inspiration today. Thanks for sharing! Hugs to you!


  12. Hi. I saw your link up on Roses of Inspiration this morning. Good grief, that photo of the sign and gorgeous KitchenAid mixer was amazing and really drew me in! Now I have to go find some stencils. I have a ton of old pallets around here and also old barn boards. No excuse anymore, for now I also have the inspiration! Thanks! Good to hear that you are on the mend. No fun to be sick, especially this time of year!


  13. Wow Jo, you have really been a busy gal! Love the Velkommen sign! I adore numbers and the way you have scattered them here and there is so fun. I think I need to add a few here and there. I’ve been going to paint a few signs, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


  14. This looks absolutely amazing I love everything you did but I am really loving the plates. Thanks for linking up at #HomeMattersParty this week. Hope you will link up again next week.


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