Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Old Fashioned Sign

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.....lalalalala......ok, I'll stop torturing you.

I love old signs.


I really wanted to make my own version of a weathered, antique-y sign. I gave it a shot.


First, I painted a layer of mustard yellow. Then a fire engine red (these are the colors on the bottles, I'm not trying to be fancy here)...and on top of that an espresso brown. I topped it all off with a coat of ivory mixed with an antique agent. Then, I painted on the words and finally, I went nuts with a high grit (220) sand paper.



Ah, a vintage portrait for you....imagine it in a cafe or a little inn....yeah....reading too many novels or something....and also having fun with settings.


If it's cold where you are (I know people in Texas are still enjoying 80 degree weather), have fun with your hot chocolate! Happy winter!

22 comments:

  1. I love a good old looking sign too. What did you use for the lettering?

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  2. ooh im working on one right now! great inspiration to get started again!

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  3. It looks fabulous! Great job! I have seriously been stalking your blog to see the finished product! Lover-ly!

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  4. so cute! I love it.
    and I love how you gave us exactly the layers of paint too.
    Helps :)
    Sarah
    www.thebirdspapaya.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh, I love the sign- that would be great in my kitchen for all the hot cocoa addicts!

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  6. Love the sign. Makes me want to make one for my kitchen!

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  7. It look so adorable, Meg! An you have such a lovely blog! I am now following you thanks to Wandering Wednesday and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog:)
    And don't forget to stop by today because we continue with our Show Yo' Flow Campaign, and you don't want to miss the interview we have on Jessica and the amazing surprises she has for our readers:) See you there! Happy Thursday!

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  8. It is wonderful! Great job!
    http://www.amaskellantics.com/

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  9. OOOOOH! I LOVE this sign!! It makes me want to go make some hot cocoa. :) And it also makes me want to go make a sign. You did perfect on the distressing, and the the different colors that you used! LOVE it!

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  11. Your sign looks great! Did you free hand the lettering or use a stencil of some sort? I make some signs that I sell at craft shows and I use tiny manicure scissors to cut out the letting and it kills me! I'd love to find an easier way! Thanks for sharing your process today!

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  12. Very Cute! You did a great job wit the sign!

    xoxo
    Kelli @
    loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

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  13. ohh i love this... so how did you do the letters! i tried to do a sign but my words came out.. not great! yours always look great! secrets please!!

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  14. Thanks for sharing - this came out beautifully!

    Maggie

    http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com

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  15. That looks great! Fabulous job. It has a nice rustic look to it!

    Thanks for linking up!

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  16. Wow! That came out great! I am hoping to attempt one of these myself so thanks soooo much for the tutorial!

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  17. Your multiple layers of paint gave the sign dimensionality. And the end result is terrific!

    Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

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  18. Very cute. One of these days I'll attempt this for myself!

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  19. Love the sign! Great for winter and turn it over and do lemonade or ice cream on the other side for summer. Great job!!!!

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  20. I love signs and yours is just perfect!

    Janet

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