I love vintage wooden signs. We have a little local cafe that we love to go for lunch and he has an amazing old wooden sign on the wall and all I can think when I go there is that I love the sign! I've recently done a little looking for a vintage sign. I finally decided to try my hand at making one.
I bought a nice pine board - six feet long and twelve inches high. I used my little handy dandy Mouse sander to sand it nice and smooth. I also sanded the edges till they were slightly rounded.
I took the board inside our house where I've already got a work table set up for the painting I'm doing on our recently finished drywall! I painted a light coat of Annie Sloan Coco and let it dry.
(Incidentally I discovered the BEST drop cloth to put on a table, the floor, etc... for projects like this. We had a roll of roofing paper left over and it is slightly adhesive on one side, so you roll it out, cut what you need and it sticks to the surface. It is strong, stays put and NOTHING is going to soak through!)
Then I painted another light coat (should actually have done it lighter) of Annie Sloan Emperors Silk - its my very favorite color of her paints.
I traced on the letters I printed off of my word processing program. (I used tracing paper I had on hand which was for sewing - it worked great.)
I painted my traced letters white and didn't bother to be too precise about it. I don't have a picture of this process, but I used a tiny little childrens art brush.
I also painted a sloppy white line around the border. And then I took my Mouse sander and gave a good sanding. It looks pretty rustic, which is the look I was going for.
I waxed it with the Annie Sloan light wax and then gave it a coat of the Annie Sloan dark wax. It gave it a wonderful antique finish. I let it sit for a bit and then buffed it with a soft t-shirt until the wood is as smooth as butter!
I absolutely adore how it came out and I cannot wait til we move into our house and I can hang it up. I have the perfect spot all picked out! It looks cute in front of the shed too!
The drywall finish is complete inside our house and I've begun painting! I wish you could see what the living room/kitchen area looks like as I am painting walls and have several other projects going on at the same time. So when I get tired of one thing I hop over and work on something else for awhile. And inside our travel trailer my sewing machine is set up where I've been working on quilt blocks and patio furniture cushions!
This week I am linking to the following fabulous parties: