I know you’ve seen them everywhere – those vintage looking hand painted signs. They are on Etsy, they are in your favourite vintage shops, they are all over blogland. And I’ve been wanting to make one for a while now.
So when the arch came down in October, we saved some of the structural wood so that I could do something/anything creative with it one day. Yesterday was that day. And this is what I did….
The tongue and groove piece got a coat of ASCP Pure White. I didn’t even sand the wood before applying the paint because I wanted all the rough edges to create a rustic look. Once the paint was dry, I used good old fashioned carbon paper and traced the words “FARM fresh EGGS” onto the board and filled it in with ASCP Graphite. The little dots between the words are just the end of a pencil dipped into the paint – don’t you remember doing that as a kid to create wrapping paper and stuff?
Once dried, I waxed it with ASCP clear wax, sanded it heavily to bring out the wood underneath and to soften the letters.
Then I applied a coat of ASCP dark wax and rubbed it off a bit with clear wax to get the patina I wanted. Done in less than an hour excluding drying time. But that doesn’t even take long with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – less than 30 minutes per coat.
And where’s it going, you ask?
Above the centre window in the kitchen bay. Once the roman shades are made and the blinds are installed. Oh that’s next on my list. But first I have to find my sewing machine which is hidden somewhere in my clothes closet – hidden away from guests who slept in the sewing room/balcony suite/husband’s dressing room/yoga mat room during the holidays. Hey, don’t judge. Don’t we all have one of those multi-purpose rooms?