How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench

Oct 01 2018
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Just a couple of weeks ago I fixed this old bench using wood putty and Dark Walnut stain. Of the three benches my grandparents made that I have this one had taken the biggest beating. But, with just a little elbow grease I had her looking almost like new again. After that I made a no-sew cushion for it complete with tufting and buttons! Check out the post all about it here.

Stencil Revolution makes really neat and high quality stencils and they were kind enough to offer me two! My first post using one of their stencils was my Mother’s Day sign using their Greatest Mom in all the Land stencil. The other one I chose was this Country Fresh Produce stencil.

I loved how old fashion it looked – I couldn’t wait to find a spot for it!

At first I was going to make a sign but after refinishing this bench last month I thought this would be a great opportunity to dress it up even more.

I’ve used regular brushes and paint for stencils in the past but dangit I was never very good at it lol. I went looking online and found the perfect solution on Amazon:

A Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker!

I had NO IDEA how this was going to work out but first I laid my bench down and cleaned the front of it really well.

I taped the stencil to the front, allowing it to be a little further down than near the top, so it would be for sure easy to see and read.

How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself projectHow I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself projectHow I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself projectHow I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself projectHow I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself projectHow I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself project

The pen requires a bunch of depresses on its point and lots of shaking but I ended up absolutely LOVING IT.

If I ever do another stencil I am definitely going to be using one of these markers instead of regular paint and a brush.

You can see in the photos it did not cover totally on first coat and that was cool with me. I loved how it ended up looking like it had been on the bench for a long time!

You can also see how I ended up moving the corners of the stencil to the corners of the bench. The paint marker dried so fast that I only had to wait a few minutes for the main stencil to dry before being able to do the corners.

Love how this only took me about 30 minutes! I topped it with a coat of poly acrylic for safe keeping and called my cute bench complete!

How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself project

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6 Comments

  1. October 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Looks just like sanded painted stencil – and so much tidier and faster with the oil based white paint Sharpie. Pinning. Thanks Tarah.

    Joy

    • October 2, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Joy! I am definitely using these sharpies again it was SO much easier!

  2. Toni
    October 7, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Wow! It’s beautiful and looks like such a fun project! I’m going to look into those Sharpie markers to stencil the risers on my stairs! Thanks for sharing the tips on using them!
    Best wishes-
    Toni

    • October 8, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Toni, hope you have a great week!

  3. October 9, 2018 at 7:21 am

    What a super cute bench. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall link party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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