Country Garden Cabinet & Signs

Materials

  • Old or new wooden cabinet, 6-1/2”x12”
  • Basswood (Midwest Products): 1/4”x1”x24”
  • Americana Acrylics (DecoArt): Dark Avocado; Sable Brown; Hauser Light Green
  • Embellished Brad (K&Co.)
  • Off-white silk flower
  • Small furniture tacks
  • SIGNS:
  • Basswood (Midwest Products): 1/4”x1”x24”; 1/4”x1”x24”
  • Wooden rectangles, 1”x2”, two
  • Americana Acrylics (DecoArt): Traditional Burnt Umber; Hauser Light Green; Cocoa; Antique White; Lamp Black
  • Silk flowers: off-white; light blue
  • Embellished Brads (K&Co.), two
  • Self-adhesive acrylic gems: crystal; light blue
  • Chandelier drops, two
  • Brass screw eyes, six
  • Black hemp, 16” length

Tools

  • Simply Foam Stamps (Plaid): Garden Leaf; Pinwheel
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Clear Stamps (EK Success): Ornamental Typeface, 1”; Italic Alphabet, 1/2”
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Multi Purpose Sealer (DecoArt)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wax candle
  • Tools: Hammer; hand saw; sanding block
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (Duncan)
  • SIGNS:
  • Cork Stamps (Plaid): Flourish; Leaf Scroll
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Clear Stamps (EK Success): Ornamental Typeface, 1”; Tiny Alphabet
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Multi Purpose Sealer (DecoArt)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wax candle
  • Tools: Super Easy Cutter (Midwest Products); hand saw; brayer; sanding block
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (Duncan)

Directions

Cabinet

  • 1. Use hand saw to cut two 4” lengths from basswood. Sand and apply sealer.
  • 2. Paint cabinet bottom and door frame Dark Avocado Green, and strips, door inset and remaining cabinet areas Hauser Light Green. When dry, randomly rub door frame, inset and bottom of cabinet with wax candle. Paint door frame and bottom Sable Brown. Use ruler and pencil to measure and mark off a 4-1/4”x7-1/4” rectangle on door. Paint rectangle Sable Brown. When paint is almost dry, sand all second coats lightly to reveal distressed finish.
  • 3. Ink foam stamps with pigment ink. Lay cabinet on backside and stamp garden leaf on door. At top of leaf, stamp pinwheel. Use ornamental typeface for “garden” and italic stamps for “country” on wooden strips. Glue strips to bottom and top of rectangle on door. Use hammer to carefully tap tacks into sides of strips on door. Insert brad in flower and glue to center of pinwheel stamp on door.

Signs

  • 1. Use hand saw to cut 5-1/2” lengths from 1”- and 4”-wide basswood strips. Cut a total of two lengths from 4”-wide basswood and 5-1/2” lengths from 1”- wide basswood. Use Super Easy Cutter to angle corners of all pieces. Sand and apply sealer.
  • 2. Paint one side of four 1” and one 4” Hauser Light Green, and remaining pieces Traditional Burnt Umber. Paint rectangles umber. When dry. Randomly rub with wax candle. Paint four green 1” strips Traditional Burnt Umber, and four Traditional Burnt Umber 1” strips and 4” piece Hauser Light Green. Paint remaining Hauser Light Green piece Cocoa. Paint rectangle shapes Antique White. When paint is almost dry, lightly sand to reveal distressed finish.
  • 3. Use brayer to apply black paint to cork stamps. Stamp Leaf Scroll on Cocoa piece and Flourish on Hauser Green piece. Brayer ornamental type face stamps with Lamp Black and Antique White paints to stamp “Garden” and “Roses on one Light Hauser Green strip and one Traditional Burnt Umber strip. Use black ink to stamp “enchanted” and “vintage” on rectangle shapes. Let dry.
  • 4. Attach brads to silk flower centers. Glue flowers to center of stamped motifs. Arrange pieces as shown. Glue back of sentiment strip to bottom of 4” pieces and one strip to top. Glue rectangle shapes to top of top strip. Adhere gems to sides of strip. When dry. Turn over and glue top of remaining strips to back of strips on front.
  • 5. When dry, insert screw eyes into top left and right 4” piece and bottom center of piece. Loop chandelier drop into bottom screw. For hanger, thread 8” hemp length through top screws and knot.
by Melony Bradley
Country Garden Cabinet & Signs
Country Garden Cabinet & Signs