Old Plaque to New Autumn Sign

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I found this old wooden plaque at thrift store for $1. I brought it home, gave it some TLC and love, and made myself a new autumn sign for the fall.

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Here is the plaque in it’s original form. I remember a lot of people having this picture in their home growing up.

I painted the top part with Folk Art Coastal Sea Salt texture paint and I left the outside edges the way they were as I wanted to keep some of that wood and vintage look.

Once the paint dried, I placed my Folk Art leaf stencil on top. I started by pouncing/dabbing my Folk Art stencil brush in Apple Barrel Mountain Forest acrylic paint on the outside edges of the stencil. Then I used Folk Art Fresh Foliage acrylic paint in the middle and worked to blend the 2 colors.

I carefully pulled up the stencil and here is what my first leaf looked like.

I continued to do this with the different leaf stencils all around the plaque.

I blended the following colors onto the leaves until I got the look I wanted. Working from the outside in…

Folk Art & Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint:

Mountain Forest with Fresh Foliage

Sunflower & Pale Yellow with Fresh Foliage

Burgundy watercolor acrylic paint with Outrageous Orange

Outrageous Orange with Pale Yellow & Fresh Foliage

Burgundy watercolor with Mountain Forest

Mountain Forest with Pale Yellow

Fresh Foliage with Pale Sunflower

Here are the finished leaves. I let them dry completely before moving on.

Next I use a piece of painters tape to make a straight line across the bottom. I took my Plaid letter stencils and space them out on top of the sign to write the word “Autumn. I used a pencil to mark where the would go.

Using Apple Barrel Chocolate Sprinkle acrylic paint, I took my stencil brush and tapped/pounced it onto the stencil letter.

Waiting for the first letter to dry, I stenciled in the middle letters and so on until I completed all of the letters.

Once the letters were completely dry I pulled off the painters tape.

I took the new sign outside and I sprayed it with Patricia Nimocks Acrylic Sealer and let that dry completely.

Click on the video below to watch me make this Autumn Sign.  

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  1. This plaque turned out beautifully! I will look at these kinds of things in thrift stores with an open mind, now! Thanks for the great tutorial, too; it would be hard to mess up with these great instructions.

    1. Thank you so much Bobbi and I’m excited you’ll be looking at thrift stores to create your creative twist on things as well.

  2. What a great new sign for fall! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

    1. Thank you so much Roseann and thanks for hosting a wonderful party.

  3. I’m so taken with this pretty sign, Chas, and by how you repurposed the old plaque to make it! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely upcycling project with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring it at the party this week. Hope to see you there! Hope your Labour Day is going well. Have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much April and I’m so very thrilled you like it as much as I do. Thank you so very much for the feature and for hosting a wonderful place for us to share our creations.

  4. Looks awesome! Thank you for entry in the Creatively Crafty Link Party.

  5. This is right up my alley with using what ya got and making it over. Great job and cute sign for fall! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

    1. Thank you so much Kim. I love giving old stuff new life again. See you next week.

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    1. Thank you so much Marilyn! You’re the best. Can’t wait to be a part of the next party 🙂

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