Sunday, January 16, 2011

"S" is for Signs

Simple wood sign art.

It's everywhere, sign art and lettering is all over the place.
Here's a great post over at on that very topic.

I made this one for Grandma and Grandpa's beach house.
It's the name of a teeny, tiny town on Long Island where my husband spent his summers growing up.

I also found inspiration from this post at frugal farmhouse design.

Here's how I did it:

1. Find a piece of wood and print out your letters to size (mine are Ariel 500 pt):
(this wood measures 48" x 6.5")

2. Layout your letters for spacing and trace the letter applying tons of pressure to make an imprint on the wood.  Then paint in the leftover imprint.

3.  I went over the original lighter blue paint with a darker blue (using a sloppy, imperfect approach) so when you go to sand everything you get that depth of color:

4. Sanded using 220 grit.  See how the lettering has more 'age' to it because I layered up the two blues.

5. One quick coat of satin poly to seal it up.  Added sawtooth hangers on the back but eyehooks would be great coming out of the top too:

How about a close up shot:

Then I made this one for our kitchen.

I used the exact same process as above only on the vertical.

Another simple project made with items I already had on hand, that's the best way to go.

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  1. They really do look old and weathered. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing it.

  2. I love your sign. It really turned out looking really like you paid a lot of money for it. I bet that takes a steady hand huh? Looks amazing.

  3. Great job. I really like the weathered look of it.

  4. Very cool! I've had in mind to make something similar, but hadn't figured it all out in my head yet. Thanks for the tip about layering the paint.

  5. Thank for you sharing--I'd like to make some of these for my home. I'm not a great painter, but I'm going to give it a try!

  6. I'm definitely going to make use of this. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Hi Jaime! I adore your blog! I found it through JunkFest. I loved your tutorial about making your own signs. I think that's something I could actually do! lol! Now I just have to find a pallet somewhere... :)

    I'm your newest follower and looking forward to more great projects from you!

    xoxo laurie

  8. Yay! This is great! Thanks for the informative tutorial. Putting the letters on the wood has been the most mystifying part for me. Your signs look fantastic...

  9. I love making signs as a hobby, and the dark/light paint tip is great, thanks!

  10. Love these signs and its a great way to do the letters if you don't want to use vinyl or if you don't have any fancy machines

  11. I've always loves your signs. I am finally making one today. I used the outline setting for the letters (uses less ink and prints faster) and I also used carbon paper to trace the letters. Thanks of the font name. It's simple and classic. I also like the double paint technique on some of them. I see more signs in my future,