Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fresh Eggs

 

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:
 
 


27 comments:

  1. Love the sign! Looks so professional!!

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  2. Dori, I love your sign. You did a great job on it.

    You know I still have not tried the Annie Sloan paint and really really want to.

    So happy that things are moving along with your beautiful home.

    God bless you sweet lady.

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  3. What a great sign!! Love it! :)

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  4. Such a fun sign!
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  5. What a wonderful sign, my amazing friend!..Really do love it, I also
    love Annie Sloan paint. When I am feeling blue or need a boost I buy
    another can of it! As always you inspire me! Love ya

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  6. Dori you are so creative! I absolutely love it!

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  7. It looks beautiful. I have no idea what this Annie Sloan paint is (being a french woman from France) but it sure looks gorgeous. I can't wait to see you move in your new house!

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  8. Wow! What a woman! You make and paint signs! You sew AND quilt! You decorate (I've seen pix of that 'trailer')! You're a grandmama! And you build houses! You are the total woman!

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  9. You've been busy! The sign is perfect. I saw one this week "Farmhouse Kitchen" that I can't stop thinking about. At least you spelled "Fresh" right. Someone near us sells shrimp. For months their sign said "FREASH SHRIMP" until someone told them. We still say 'Freash' every time we pass their house. lol

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  10. Love it! Love the rustic-ness of it, the saying on it, and especially the colors, great job!

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  11. Such a cute sign. You did a great job!

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  12. Love your sign! I've been looking for a sign for our kitchen and haven't found one I've really liked yet. I like yours though. I may just have to roll up my sleeves and make one. :)

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  13. Sometimes it's just easier to make something yourself than to spend months looking for it. Good job on this sign...and it really has meaning too. I think it's destined to become a treasured family heirloom! Happy Sunday Dori...Ann

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  14. Love your sign! I just started following your blog and am excited to see your house when it is finished. How exciting to be building your own home.

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  15. Love your sign! Super-cute! Visiting from Cedar Hill!

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  16. what font did you use for the lettering? Love your sign!!!

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  17. Love this sign and especially that it is red. Thanks for sharing this last week at wow.

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  18. Your sign looks great and very authentic. I'm now following along.

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  19. I LOVE your sign, it looks authentic. The red is a wonderfully vibrant colour, I need a colour like that for my kitchen chairs.
    Hugs, C indy

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  20. Such a charming sign...you have inspired me to make one.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  21. Your Blog is so much fun and inspiring! I would say that Momma cow will deliver on Saturday, March 9 in the night!

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  22. This looks wonderful, great job! I love to make signs and love the white line border you put on this one. I'll be doing that on my next sign!

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  23. Came here from Miss Mustard Seed's FFF. LOVE your sign! I have plans to make one for my kitchen someday (red too!), so this post was great.

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  24. Great job on the sign! I love it! You may have given me the courage to try my hand at one!

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  25. I love old signs too! You did a fantastic job! Your newest follower :)

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