I really like alot of the wooden signs I’ve seen on Pinterest & finally decided to try my hand at making my own. I learned a few things along the way, so I’ll share what I learned about what worked for me & what didn’t.
(I used what I had laying around the shop)
(I used what I had)
(I used a roller because it was much quicker than using a brush)
Old Town Chalk Paint can be purchased at Decades
CeCe Caldwell chalk paint can be purchased at Feathered Nest
Plaster Paint can be purchased at the Rink Gallery
Finally, Behr samples can be found at any hardware store
Here are the boards with a fresh coat of paint…………if only my blogging skills were as snappy as my painting skills……….lol
I found some cool quotes from Pinterest
Typed the quote using Microsoft Word in the desired font & chose “outline” in the font menu
Cut my words & letters apart as needed
I laid down graphite paper on my board, taped my letters & words to the graphite paper, & TAPED THE GRAPHITE PAPER TO MY TABLE so it wouldn’t slide around
Next, I traced the letters using a wide lead pencil – you can use a pen or pencil – doesn’t really matter just as long as you use enough pressure to transfer the image
As you can see, I lifted the corner to double check my letters were actually transferring properly
Just a shot to give you a better visual
I used a walnut stain on the back of my boards
Painted the traced letters with black chalk paint
Stained the front with the walnut stain – the green sign is stained – the red is not
(Please do not mind the mess…….next time I’ll move that orange cord)
The red sign has now been stained in this pic – you can see how the stain toned down the red paint
(of the signs – not the air-hose roller-upper…….lol)
This yellow sign looks cool as is………but check out what it looks like after I stained it……….
How cool is that yellow sign now???
And how about that long gray board you saw at the beginning of this post ……..it is now “badass”
The Smoky Mountain Chalk Paint dries a blue-ish gray which is part of the badassery!
Forgot about my welcome sign til the end when I noticed it leaned up the garage door – oops
Soooooooo………..there ya have it
There’s gobs of tutorials out there……..so grab some scraps & get busy with it!