Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pinterest Wednesday

What do you do when you and your little one are home sick all week? Pinterest Wednesday, of course!

This is a project that has been in the works for quite awhile. I wanted an antique sign for my kitchen. Tony and I searched antique shops but couldn't find just the right one. After looking at signs on Pinterest, I decided to make one! Here is a little tutorial on my "antique" diner sign.

First we had a board cut to size at Lowe's. The kids put it in the gravel front yard and stomped on it, rode their bikes over it, etc. I did not want it to look too new and pristine. Next step, Sophie painted the whole board charcoal gray. After the gray dried, we did 2 dry brush coats of an antique white:

 {sorry about the photo, the background was really distracting!}
 Next I printed all the text in the fonts and sizes I needed to fit my sign. I used a ball point pen and traced the letters onto the board, leaving an impression to follow for the hand painted letters.
 In this photo you can see the impression. I put 2 coats of the red onto the words.
 Here it is with the words all painted. It is still looking a little too clean and white for my taste. I sanded it all over a little, then did a color wash over the entire sign with the charcoal gray diluted in water.

 I used some hardware from Lowe's to hang it on the soffit above my fridge. I really like how it turned out!


Lindsey Neill said...

CUTE! And what a fun way to get the kids involved with it : )

Amber said...

Loving the vintage sign! Love!

Can you make me one that says:
Take Out. It's whats for dinner! Ha!

In all seriousness, great project! Hope your kiddo feels better soon!

Antonia Krajicek {Green Horned Unicorn} said...

AMAZING and super-creative, as always! You make the best projects :)

Julie said...

LOVE this!! You are so creative! How did you find your style? I see photos of things I like, even things that I could replicate, but I've not yet figured out what's truly "me." Thanks for sharing this great idea! BTW, have you thought about selling these? I bet you'd have a great little business if you did!

Lisa said...

Thanks Julie! I have never felt like I had a "style". We were purely function around here. Once I did Celeste's room, I felt "I can do this!" I started a few Pinterest board and just "pinned" things that I like, and started to see a pattern. I like things vintage and shabby, no modern clean lines for me! Once I started to see a pattern form of what I like, it made it easier for me to start some simple decorating.