Late last week, I decided decorating around what looks like a construction zone in the dining room is kind of hard. We let that space be the “staging area” for everything that was housed in the office while we’re painting and putting up board and batten for what will be the office makeover.
If you had a chance to see Friday’s post you know the progress we’re making is S-L-O-W and I don’t think either of us are used to working at a snail’s pace like this. That being said, I don’t want the disaster of a dining room to dictate what’s happening in the rest of the house so I’ve been adding touches of spring to the mantel, porches, breakfast nook and the entry too.
We love flowers any time of the year but especially this time of year so creating a simple Flower Market sign from some of the scrap wood we’ve been collecting in the garage seemed like a great way to jump start spring decorating for the mantel. Signs like this are really easy to make, let me show you how you can make one too…
In an effort to save some space in the garage, I’m trying to repurpose the backs of some of our other signs so they can do can double duty. If you like to change out your signs frequently but are short on storage space you may want to try it too. No matter what kind of wood or size your sign will be, you’ll definitely want to make sure the wood can be painted.
This color is Valspar’s Bistro White and it’s one of my favorites. Since we want to give our signs an aged or weathered feel, even though the wood is new, we “paint” with a few paper towels. It’s somewhat messy to you’ll want to wear gloves.
If you’ve never tried this technique before, dip your paper towel into the paint (not directly into the paint can, mind you, or you’ll probably get lint in your paint so keep a little bit of paint to the side.) After you have the paint on the paper towel, rub the paint into the wood grain.
It will not look the same or as even as if you were using a paint brush but that is ok because you don’t want your sign to have a “freshly painted” look, you want your sign to have an “aged” look.
Make sure to cover the entire piece of wood.
You can make the wood look distressed by rubbing a small amount of paint into the wood grain so keep in mind the more paint you use the less distressed it will look.
Allow the paint to completely dry then using letters, stencils or the easy transfer method found here and decide how you want your letters or graphic to be placed.
Next, use a #2 lead pencil to outline each letter or transfer the graphic to the wood.
Once you have the letters or the graphic in place, use an art detail paintbrush and your color of craft paint (we used black) to color in each letter.
Don’t worry about making your brush strokes too even either.
Once you have all of the letters filled in you might want to consider adding a border around the edges. I usually add old tobacco sticks or use picture frame molding but if you don’t have those don’t sweat it. You can just paint a border around the letters and your Flower Market sign will look something like this…
Allow the paint from the lettering to completely dry, then using 220-grit sandpaper lightly go over the sign completely.
This will also add to the aged, weathered and worn look.
Finally, add a bit of furniture paste wax or matte finish top coat to help give your sign a finished look. If you’re using your sign outside, you’ll need to make sure you’re using a clear, exterior sealer that will hold up the elements. Furniture paste wax should not be used outdoors.
Large signs like these or even small signs that you find at your favorite Etsy shop are an easy way to change up the artwork around your home. It’s also a fun way to celebrate the seasons without feeling like you have to go all out and decorate everything. Just remember…small changes, big impact…and get started on making something that’s unique for your home today!