How to Paint a Two Sided Vertical Sign

This idea came to me in two parts. First up was a vertical Fall sign I painted a couple of years ago. The sign hung outside every year since I made it. This year as I took it down to get ready to put up the Christmas decorations I had an idea. 
How to Paint a Two Sided Vertical Sign
Instead of putting the sign away what if I used the other side for a Christmas sign? I could hang it in the same place on the outside of my house that I hung the Fall sign but now it would have a Christmas message. Great idea! So I got started. 

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I painted the back of the sign in Fort York Red Fusion Mineral Paint. It's a beautiful bright red color that covers in one coat. It was perfect for what I had in mind for this sign. 
How to Paint a Two Sided Vertical Sign for Christmas

This board was originally a piece of rough hewn vintage siding so it had a great rough texture that works well for a rustic look. You would never know that it was thicker on one side of the sign than the other. I used a set of cardboard stencils for this project and a foam pouncer. First, I spaced the letters to fit the board. 
How to Paint a Two Sided Vertical Sign for Christmas with stencils

Before I stenciled the letters in white, I sprayed the red with a matte sealer so the red paint wouldn't bleed through the white letters. This extra step worked great!
Two Sided Vertical Sign for Christmas with stencils

I used only one coat of white paint on the letters because I want to sand the board when I'm finished and let the rough wood show through. I left off the "O" in NOEL because I wanted to stencil a wreath in its place. I used a stencil I found on Amazon similar to this one, the size of the wreath  was just what I needed! You can find the products I used or similar by visiting the bold red links. I used a beautiful green color by DecoArt for the wreath. 
Two sided vertical NOEL sign for the holidays.

The next step was to sand the whole sign with an electric sander. I gave the whole sign a quick once over then concentrated the sander on the edges of the wood to get a distressed look. 
Two sided vertical  Fall and NOEL sign for the holidays.

I think I like this side of the sign even better than the other side! Next, I made a bow from a red gingham wired ribbon and attached it to the sign with a push pin. 
How to make a Two sided vertical  Fall and NOEL sign for the holidays.

Now its ready to hang back outside for the holidays! No need to store the Fall sign away this year! You can read all about this fun Santa makeover too

Recently I made another vertical NOEL sign that is heavily distressed and beautiful, you'll want to take a look. 

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .