Ann Whitfield
Ann Whitfield
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  • Las Vegas, NV
Asked on Dec 15, 2018

How do I make a rustic sign from used cabinet doors?

Ann WhitfieldNancy TurnerLynn Sorrell


I plan on sanding, leaving some of the brown showing. Paint using stencils. Seal with wax. Should I sand completely? Would you use something besides wax? It will probably be outside. Thanks.

5 answers
  • Gk
    on Dec 15, 2018

    If you plan on using your sign outside do NOT use wax. Use a poly spray over your stenciled work to protect it from sun and damp conditions. If you use wax for an outside sign the sun will eventually make it bubble and peel. If you want to use a coat or two of chalk paint over your cabinet door--you can then distress so some of the brown is showing. If there is already a coat of paint on your door then yes--you can sand and distress to show the brown underneath. Then do your stenciling. You don't have to do any sanding if you are using chalk paint as a base coat. I use small bottles of acrylic craft paint to stencil and triangular shaped makeup sponges.

  • William
    on Dec 15, 2018

    Sand as much as you feel or looks good to you. Seal with at least three coats of a water based polyurethane. Oil based has a yellow tinge and does yellow over time.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Dec 15, 2018

    Water based polyurethane spray. you can get it in either glossy/shiny finishes or satin

  • Nancy Turner
    on Dec 15, 2018

    I agree with using the polyurethane, but I would use a marine poly, it is made for outdoor use and will protect it from the humidity and rain and heat. Use light coats and three or four coats for longevity and good protection on every inch of the signs, front and back.

  • Ann Whitfield
    on Dec 16, 2018

    Thank you everyone for your advice. I hope to have one made by Christmas. Starting tomorrow..

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