Monday, December 20, 2010

Making an old sign

Look what I found… 



A never ending supply of pallets down the road from my house! 


I decided to make an “old sign” to hang in my kitchen from one of the boards that I picked up.

After I decided on the board to use, I very roughly slapped on some white paint.  I didn’t try to make it evenly coated, in fact, I purposely left it looking pretty uneven and I let some  of the wood around the edges show through.  After painting, I sanded and distressed it to give it even more character and “age”.

Next, I opened up a word program in my computer and decided on a font.  Then I blew up each letter to a size that would fit nicely on my board.  I printed, traced, and then cut out each letter to make stencils.



Next I traced each letter on to my board.



And then I carefully painted in all the letters with black paint.  It was tedious.



Finally, I sanded and distressed my board once again.  And Tim hung it up for me.



I love how it looks hanging over the doorway in my kitchen.


  1. I love it! Great job! Hoping you'll visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! Wishing you a very blessed Christmas!

  2. That is really cool! It looks like you bought it somewhere already done! You are too good! I enjoyed talking today! miss you guys

  3. How pretty! I love the aged look on the wood!

  4. What a great idea! I'm not to far from a company that makes pallets and always has a ton of busted that they let me have.

  5. I love it! I have plans to make one for above my pantry door but I'm waiting on my husband to bring me a board!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  6. Love this!! Looks great up on your wall too. I can't wait to start decorating my house...with paint and then the extras. Keep it up!!

  7. That looks fantastic!!! I love "old" signs!!

  8. I like it! What else are you going to do with all those pieces of wood? Can't wait to see ;)

  9. You did a fabulous job! I paint signs as a hobby and I know what you mean about the lettering being tedious but when you are done and can enjoy the result it is well worth the effort. Great score on the pallets!

  10. I have to admit I found your blog last night and probably have read every single post and I am ur biggest fan! I absolutely love all the photography tips and all the projects you have done! I hope you & your family have an awesome new year!