Words On the Porch - a DIY project

I am very fortunate that my house has a lovely screened-in porch. It's a very peaceful space with views of our small, tree-lined yard. The only problem is the one giant wall of tan siding that is just begging for some art.  Whatever I put there needs to either be weather resistant or something that I don't care if it gets ruined by our extreme seasons. 

I was inspired by this post on the blog Young House Love so I decided to look for some large/cheap art at a rummage sale. I had some luck with this faded reproduction of Willard Leroy Metcalf's The Last Snow. It's the perfect size (37"x34"), neutral enough to paint a quote on and $10! Can't beat that. If you're curious, this is what the original painting looks like. 

Faded rummage sale find perfect for painting a quote on!

Faded rummage sale find perfect for painting a quote on!

I wanted a peaceful quote so I decided on Matt. 28:11 which is "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." I wanted to make my life simple so rather than draw the letters by hand, I went to Michaels to look for a stencil. I found this fabulous one from Hazel & Ruby. It was $19.99 at Michaels and I had a 50% off coupon so that was a score! Each letter is a vinyl sticker that you can paint over if you wanted to and then peel off revealing the background. I decided to trace around each letter and then color it in with a paint pen which worked perfectly!

Tracing the vinyl "sticker" stencil.

Tracing the vinyl "sticker" stencil.

Filling in the letters with a black paint pen. I loved how it dried shiny and matched the sheen of the rest of the canvas.

Filling in the letters with a black paint pen. I loved how it dried shiny and matched the sheen of the rest of the canvas.

To hang the canvas on the vinyl siding, I used these hooks from amazon and they won't put a hole in the siding. They seem to be doing a great job. Below is the final product! I like it. :)

The final product! Pay no attention to the giant yellow canvas. That is for a future project I'm working on. :)

The final product! Pay no attention to the giant yellow canvas. That is for a future project I'm working on. :)

And that giant yellow canvas? Well, pay no attention to that. Just a future project I'm working on. That yellow is just the ol' underpainting. 

Have you taken on any DIY projects lately?