Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vintage Sign for 20 Bucks!

I have been trying to find something cheap, but unique to put above my king sized bed. I found a cool vintage sign that was way to much money. So, I decided to make it myself and it only cost me about $20! Here is the final product...

First, I picked up a piece of wood from home depot for about $6. I wasn't concerned with chips and knots because I wanted to have a messy look. Just make sure the wood isn't warped.

Next I painted the board with Rustoleum Satin Black.Next I applied a crackle finish. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and then coated the board with Valspar Antique White enamel. Because the crackle is for an acrylic paint, it created a distressed weathered look instead of the crackle.Next, I blotched the paint with newsprint which created a scratched aged look.Instead of purchasing stencils, I printed the letters out from my computer and created my own stencils.I used a black acrylic paint for the lettering. It tool about 24 hours to completely dry. The crackle finish took awhile to dry since I did not use acrylic paint for the layers to create a different look.All finished! It turned out better than I expected. It's a cheap way to fill in the empty space above your bed!



13 comments:

  1. it looks better than ones I've seen at stores! you did a great job.
    gail

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  2. Wow! I am very impressed. Nice job! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Love how it turned out! Very frugal, making your own stencils.

    :)

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  4. That looks great!! I've got everything to do the same project and now you've inspired me to try my own! Great job!

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  5. That looks so great, what a good job you did!
    Looking forward to following your blog:o)
    Angex

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  6. Great job with this- I love it and will likely be copying it in the near future! :-)

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  7. Love the sign...it turned out great!

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  8. Great job, love it! And I love the concept of your blog as a way for best friends to do something together, what a great idea!

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  9. GORGEOUS! I added it to my "inspirations - things I want to make someday" folder!

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  10. What a GREAT idea! I love the look of that crackle paint with the acrylic. Gonna have to do this one! Thank you for the idea!

    Liz
    Loving This Mom Stuff

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