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DIY Painted Wood Signs Using Folkart Chalk

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 These diy painted wood signs using Decoart Chalk are a colorful & cheerful way help fill up empty wall spaces. 

One of my favorite budget friendly solutions for home decor problems is paint! Put on a wall, it can totally transform a space. Put it on a piece of wood and it becomes art!

Today’s project was the solution to an empty wall situation in our main bathroom. For it, I tried a new-to-me brand of paint from Folkart.

folkart chalk

{Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post with product from Folkart.  However, my love for their products isn’t conjured up.  All opinions and reviews are honest ones, and if they’d like to give me a lifetime supply, I’d keep on using it gladly!;)}

DIY Painted Signs using Folkart Home Decor Chalk

Supplies Needed:

  • Folkart Home Decor Chalk (I used the colors Yellow Crochet, White Adirondack, and Grotto)
  • Folkart Home Decor Wax (Clear wax, and antiquing wax)
  • Wood pallet bases (Made like this)
  • Wood Stain
  • Paintbrushes

folkart chalk projects

First up is a little artwork piece.

Sitting in our basement was a whole stack of signs just begging to be painted.

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My husband had prepped them ages ago by staining cut boards, gluing them together, and putting strapping on the back.  (You can see the tutorial on that here.)

Since the bathroom walls are now a pretty Seasalt blue color, I thought an accent of yellow would be pretty as artwork.

fokart yellow crochet

I followed the directions and stirred the paint first and just applied it with a brush.  I agree with the statement that it slides on like butter.  It’s quite a thick paint and covers nicely.

I transferred a saying that I found on Pinterest (I can’t find the original source, sorry) using graphite paper and wooden stylus.

transfer the pattern

Then I painted the words on using thinned acrylic white paint and a brush, and dry-brushed a little white randomly over the sign.

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I must say, one of the things I love most about the Folkart Chalk is that acrylic paint slides over it so easily, and seems to make it much easier to “write” with paint.

writing enjoy

I finished it off with a little antique wax on the edges, randomly on the front, and in between the boards, and coated the whole sign with clear wax.

folkart clear wax

Using wax is a new experience for me, so I didn’t know quite what to expect.  This wax is liquid and very easy to apply.  Once applied it says to “buff it off” after an hour.  I wiped it with a cloth, but I don’t see a huge sheen or shine ~ just a smooth “sealed” finish ~ and brings out the color a bit more.

Here’s how it turned out:

enjoy sign

Since I had so much fun painting that one, I tried a second one using grotto as the main color and sealed it with clear wax.  Here they are together.

folkart yellow crochet and grotto

If you’d like to see a more detailed description on how I make painted signs, you can find the tutorial with videos here.

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13 Comments

  1. Rita – I just wanted to let you know that I featured your signs in our very first Be Awesome party! Love them so much! (And I have a sneaking suspicion where you might live… I’m a (former) Island girl myself!)

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