Do you love the look of the popular red or teal farmhouse trucks? My DIY painted farm truck for fall is created using an autumn craft stencil which allows you to choose your own color scheme.
For this painted fall craft, I chose to use a teal rustic color combination and I think it looks perfect for farmhouse home decor.
Painting with stencils allows for two different painting skill levels:
(1)You can stick with the opened design that a stencil will leave or you can (2) take the design a step further and connect the open areas after stenciling and then artistically highlight and shade your design.
Follow along to see which painting version you’d like to choose.
DIY PAINTED FARM TRUCK FOR FALL
- Craft Paint
- Apple Barrel
- Territorial Beige (brown)
- Antique Parchment
- Elephant Gray
- Harvest Orange
- Cascade (light teal blue)
I used this fall scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby for my color inspiration.
STEPS FOR PAINTING THE CANVAS
STEP 1: PAINT THE CANVAS AND TAPE OFF
Paint the entire canvas cream using a foam paint brush.
Measure and mark for the frame border at 1.5 inches. Use painter’s tape to section off for the faux frame.
STEP 2: PAINT THE FAUX FRAME
We’re going for an old barn wood look for the faux frame.
Paint only 1 coat of brown paint. It will look a little streaky with the cream paint peeking through and that’s perfect.
Dry brush gray paint on top of the brown in a hit and miss way. Dry brushing is offloading the paint on a paper towel so there’s not a lot of paint left on your brush.
PAINTING A FARM TRUCK USING A STENCIL
OPTION 1 ~ BEGINNER PAINTING LEVEL
As I mentioned earlier about 2 options to choose from, this one will be just the painted faux frame, stenciling the truck with your desired colors, adding the “hello fall” raffia bow, then that will be your final look.
STENCIL THE FARM TRUCK AND TOUCH UP EDGES
- Tape the stencil on the painted canvas.
- Use a stencil pouncer sponge to transfer the colors in the appropriate areas.
- Off load some of the paint on the pouncer onto a paper towel to prevent bleeding under the stencil
- Carefully remove the stencil.
Use an artist liner brush to touch up your stenciled areas where there may be paint that seeped under the stencil.
I had quite a bit of touching up to do, but that was probably due to “user error” and using a very cheap stencil.
At this point, you would make and attach your “hello fall” bow (instructions below) and be completely done.
Ignore my painted pumpkins at this point as they should have the stenciled look as well.
HOW TO MAKE A RAFFIA “HELLO FALL” BOW
STEP 1: PAINT THE UNFINISHED WOOD PHRASE
- paint the “hello fall” word orange
- mix brown paint with water to make “stain”
- paint the stain on top of the orange word
- immediately wipe off the brown paint with paper towel
- now your word will look rustic with a hint of brown
STEP 2: PREPARE THE RAFFIA AND JUTE TWINE
- fold loop sections of raffia and twist the end around the middle
- do the same with the jute twine, but in shorter loops
- wrap the raffia and jute together
- cut into all the loops
- peel apart some raffia pieces
- unravel some of the jute pieces
STEP 3: ATTACH THE BOW
- hot glue the bow to the canvas in the upper left corner at an angle
- attach the painted word on top of the bow with hot glue
HOW TO PAINT A VINTAGE TRUCK WITH PUMPKINS
OPTION 2 ~ INTERMEDIATE PAINTING LEVEL
Completely paint the blank stenciled areas, highlight and shade.
I found the teal blue, vintage truck scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby, and it’s what I used as inspiration for all the blending of colors, highlighting and shading.
SUPPLIES ADDED FOR OPTION 2:
- Apple Barrel ~ Orange
- Apple Barrel ~ White
- An old medium head artist paint brush for mixing colors
- Loew-Cornell angular brush 7400 for highlighting and shading
- FolkArt floating medium
THE ORDER I PAINTED THE TRUCK:
- brown paint was used for stem and rounding the pumpkins, orange paint was used as the pumpkin base color with blended colors for the highlights
- light teal blue color was mixed, and this color along with floating medium was used for highlighting the truck
- silver color was mixed for highlighting the metal areas
- dark teal color was mixed and used for shading the truck and part of tires, for some of the shaded areas floating medium was also used
- white was used to dry brush some areas of the windshield and side window
- white was used to highlight headlights and metal on tires
- rust color was mixed and dry brushed on the truck teal areas and metal spots
So, will you be painting your fall farm truck teal blue or red? Let me know in the comment section below!
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE TO SEE MORE OF MY FARMHOUSE PROJECTS:
I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers this month where each of us is sharing our fall craft and decor projects to share with our readers. After my post, you’ll find links to their fall projects. You’ll be able to see six more new projects ~ don’t miss out!
CLICK THE PROJECT LINKS BELOW TO SEE MORE FALL CRAFTS & DECOR FROM MY BLOGGER FRIENDS!
MEET YOUR CO-HOSTS
Beverly @ Across the Blvd ~ Quick and Easy Fall Tray Centerpiece
Niki @ Life as a LEO Wife ~ Burlap Bubble Pumpkin Wreath
Gail @ Purple Hues and Me ~ Loopy Yarn Wrapped Pumpkin
Michele @ Coastal Bohemian ~ Watercolor Sunflower Pillow
T’onna @ Sew Crafty Crochet ~ Fall Gnome Scarf
Julie @ Sum of Their Stories ~ Autumn Quote Cross Stitch Design
Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers ~ DIY Painted Farm Truck for Fall (that’s me)
Sharing my DIY painted farm truck at these fabulous blogs!