The last few months of my dad’s life, his internal clock got a bit out of whack. While he was still able to walk by himself, he’d wake up in the wee hours of the morning, make some coffee, and park himself in the recliner to drink it.
He usually fell asleep with it in his hand, and my sister and I often tried to remove the cup so he wouldn’t burn himself, but the moment he felt the cup move, he’d tighten his grip – no getting his coffee away from him!
He was a morning person who liked his coffee black.
I’ve never been a morning person, or a coffee drinker, but since the majority of my family are both, and I know many of you are too, I decided to introduce a new stencil design for all of you java-lovin’ morning people!
My first sample project is just a simple sign on a piece of scrap wood.
I stenciled it with black paint first, but the words looked too faint, so I went over it again with white paint and love the way the black showed through.
Because I like things that are functional, as well as decorative, I also made a rustic handled tray…
How to make this Rise & Shine Coffee Co. handled tray
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pallet wood or other rustic wood. You could also use new wood.
mending braces to connect wood
stencil brush – I use this one)
How I made it:
I used two thick pieces of wood salvaged from an antique windowsill frame. Pallet wood would work well too.
1. Cut the wood to your desired length. My pieces are about 20″ long.
2. Connect the two pieces together using mending braces. This will be the back side.
3. Stencil the lettering on the front. You can stencil on the unfinished wood, or paint the wood first with a base color, then stencil over it.
I painted my wood white – thicker down the middle and with a dry brush round the edges so some of the rustic wood grain would show through, then stenciled the sign with black paint.
4. Seal with furniture wax, and buff well.
5. Pre-drill holes and attach handles.
And just that quick (yes, it really was quick!), you have yourself a rustic wood handled tray to enjoy your morning cup of Joe on! 🙂
Vaya con Dios,
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