Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"R" is for Replica

Paint: replica of antique metal pub sign


Can you tell which one is the antique?

A special request from a friend who wanted this sign for her living room, the style and colors (with a slight change to burnt orange) were a perfect fit for her decor, but the price for the antique was ridiculous.

She sent me the challenge and I accepted.

It was definitely a little tricky getting all the details and colors in place but I love a good challenge.

Here's how I made the sign:

1. Cut 3/4" plywood to requested size 33" x 28".
Prime and paint base color.
Print out lettering to match and fit space.
Trace letters with ballpoint pen which leaves indent in wood to paint:

2. Cut shield shape from craft paper folded in half, trace around edge:

3. Paint shield base color:

4. Cut out ribbon banner from craft paper and trace for each side:

5. Start painting in details:

6. Add lettering to the banner:

7. Seal with clear satin poly and add hanging hardware to back:

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework


  1. Great job replicating! Honestly, I like yours better :D

  2. Looks great! I couldn't tell the antique from your reproduction!

  3. I couldn't tell which was the repro. Amazing job and lucky friend! ~ Maureen

  4. Beautifully done! I've painted a few pub signs for Christmas presents and they are a big hit. Your version is just gorgeous!

  5. this is really good. what a great undertaking -and you've done an amazing job.

  6. wow! I am totally impressed!

    That's my family name on my mum's side :)