All You Need Is Love

Click on the image or scroll down for a free downloadable sign template!

Click on the image or scroll down for a free downloadable sign template!

I've been wanting to do a painted sign forever and so when I needed a small take home project for my Milk Paint 101 class I decided to go for it.

I love the look of the signs made from old pallets, but since I needed to have enough for all y students I decided to scale it down a bit by using lath strips instead of pallet wood.

Here's what you will need for this project

  • 1 package of lath strips (from Home Depot)
  • I cut the strips with a mitre box and sharp hand saw
  • 1 tube of No Nails (from Home Depot)
  • A piece of carbon paper (from Staples
  • Miss Mustards Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle
  • Miss Mustards Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter
  • Miss Mustards Seed's Hemp Oil
  • 1 gold Sharpie

I bought a package of lath strips from our local Home Depot.

Lath Strips

I cut seven pieces about 11" long, and two about 7..5" long. I used No Nails to glue the shorter strips onto the back of the  long strips. I've never used No Nails before - it makes a very strong bond! I was very generous with the No Nails to ensure the glue was in contact with the short strip and the long strips. The lath varies in depth, some are thicker than others. Once I had pressed on the short strip, I waited a minute or two and then flipped the piece to the right side and pressed down all along the bonding area.

The No Nails fooled me a bit though. It's white so I assumed it would dry clear. Just in case, I wiped back any that squished through onto the right side, and it's a good thing. It dries white!

The No Nails fooled me a bit though. It's white so I assumed it would dry clear. Just in case, I wiped back any that squished through onto the right side, and it's a good thing. It dries white!

Once the No Nails was dry, I mixed up Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Tricycle.

It's a very small project so I used one Tablespoon of water and one Tablespoon of Milk Paint. I love this red! The pigment in Tricycle is a bit stubborn to mix into the water, so be patient and keep stirring. Let the mixed paint set for ten minutes or so to let the pigments dissolve even further. Then mix again and paint!

Milk Paint is awesome on raw wood and  it soaks in nicely.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Tricycle

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Tricycle

It's dry in 20 - 30 minutes and it's time to transfer the image.  Download the free printable image here. and print it according to the layout you want. I used Portrait and selected the print option to fit the image to the page. 

Layout the print with a piece of carbon paper between the printed image and the sign. Tape so they don't move and use a pencil trace all around the outside of the image. I used a #2 HB pencil as it's nice and thick and makes a sturdy line.

Tracing the image

Remove the printed image and the carbon paper and your template is ready to paint!

Transfered image

Mix up about a half Tablespoon of water and a half Tablespoon of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter. Again, once mixed, let it sit for 10 minutes or so. and then use a fine tipped paint brush to fill in the template. Don't worry about the lines too much about following the template exactly. Go out of the lines if you want too! A thin layer of black is better than too much!

The next step is sanding so let it dry very well, in the sun or even overnight. Use a small piece of sandpaper to sand back and distress however suits you.  Now you're ready for my favourite part, the Hemp Oil! Get ready for a transformation!

Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil

Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil

Sprinkle on the Hemp Oil and spread with a chip brush or a micro fibre cloth. Smells and look soooo good!

Let the hemp oil cure for a couple of hours wiping back any that hasn't sunk into the milk paint and the wood.

I like bling so I edged the lettering along the top and right side of the letters where I imagined the sun would catch the each letter if they were raised. 

All You Need is Love Finished