To finish the post, you just need a post cap. I bought the cap at Lowes and attached it using my nail gun! Then I went ahead and stained the whole post using a Dark Walnut stain.
Allow the stain to try for 12-24 hours.
While the post is drying, you can get working on your other boards.
Take your 5 boards that have been precut to the sizes listed above or whatever sizes you decided on and get them painted! I chose not to sand my boards, because I wanted them to look rough. But, feel free to sand your boards if you want a more smooth, clean, finished look.
I chose to do 2 red, 2 green and one brown! I wanted to give them a bit of a worn look, so I brushed a little bit of a lighter brown over the dark brown and 2 green boards. I think it gave them a really fun look!
The next day, once the post was dry and the 5 boards were dry I went onto finishing the sign! It was raining, so I moved the project making indoors!
To start, I whitewashed the stained post. To whitewash, you just rough paint the area you want covered with the white paint. Then, take a wet rag and wipe it off until you reach the desired look you’re going for. I wanted a bit darker whitewashed look, so as you can see, I didn’t “wash” it a ton.
While that dries, let’s get your vinyl stencils cut.
If you have a Cricut Explore, then I have got the files for you!
If you don’t have a Cricut, then you’ll need create and cut your own! Make sure and measure the boards and cut the words to the appropriate size. Along with some arrows!
Once the files are cut, weeded and backed then you can place them.
Once you know where you want them to all go, pull the backs off and apply the vinyl stencil. When applying the paint I applied it in different thicknesses, to give each phrase a different look. After the paint at partially tried, remove the vinyl stencil.
Allow everything to dry for a few hours.
I then laid my post on the ground arranged the 5 boards how I wanted them and attached them using my nail gun!
Lastly, I sprayed clear sealant over the entire sign to seal it! And that’s it! You’re done!
It will only take you a few hours over the course of 2 days to put this together! And it’s such a statement piece! I love love love it! Happy Holiday’s friends!