December 9, 2014

How To Hand Paint A Sign

I've been busy finishing DIY Christmas presents.....Next up on the list was painting this sign 

 I could not believe my luck when I found these four shutters in the neighbors garbage can......Who throws this stuff out?????  They are so shabby perfect!

I first printed out the words on my computer....I know...... totally unoriginal wording...... 

....But since the wood had 2 squares I needed to think of something I could put in the little square.....5 cents was perfect!

I put some old tracing paper under the words...And traced over them with a pen

Then filled in the letters with white paint using a small brush and did the shadowing with a black paint pen.....I have no idea if I got the shadowing right.....But, it gave the letters some dimension

After it dried, I sanded over the letters and then applied some dark wax.....And I was done

  I did absolutely nothing else to the wood because it was perfect just as it was

I love it and I still have 3 more shutters...I think one will be perfect for over my kitchen sink

Humm....I wonder who will be getting this one for Christmas?  

Happy Creating!

Partying with My Salvaged Treasures


Cranberry Morning said...

I LOVE this sign! I have got to look around here with an eye to what would make a good sign. I'm sure that some board on the old horse barn or some discarded piece of wood would work, but now you've inspired me! Thanks. Love this.

Stephanie said...

Oh Carol, your sign is absolutely perfect! I simply love it and find it to be quite charming :)

Thanks for sharing :) Hugs to you!


I think it would be perfect over your window! Those are great shutters, nice find.
Thank you for praying for my sister.

mary pernula said...

I say score!!!! Mary

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your sign looks great, Carol! Such a great and creative idea for a shutter, too. Great find!

NanaDiana said...

GREAT sign! I just love it! I do my "printing" the same way you do-computer and tracing paper. I use one of those mechanical pencils without the lead in it. It gives a nice crisp line and it doesn't cut through my paper. I just did a present for someone and I actually used a Sharpie. It worked great and was easier for me to control than painting. I was desperate because I wanted to get it done and could not find my paint pen.

Hope you have a wonderful day...and THREE more of those to play with? OH MY! Have fun! xo Diana

Ros Crawford said...

OMG this is fabulous! As they say ... "one man's junk is another man's treasure"

margaret said...

Carol this is fab/ You could send one of those shutters to Wisconsin. I wish I had half of your imagination. Keep it coming girl!! Yvonne

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

If I were you I'd be lurking around my neighbor's trash can more often, lol! These are awesome and your sign is simply perfect! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Nancy Carr said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I cannot wait to try something like this myself. Love this and appreciate you and your blog. Blessings

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

It's truly amazing what "one woman's junk" is "another woman's treasure". It would be mine!!! I love that you didn't have to distress the shutter. Beautiful sign!

Becky said...

I am sure if your neighbors were as crafty as you they would not have thrown them away :). What a fabulous idea. You just take what others think is trash and make it look sensational.

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

WOW...great find! The sign is just perfect, you did spectacular my dear!!! Neat way to transfer the letters seen this about, giving it a try after the holidays.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, what a great find in the trash. Who does throw these out??
Well someones trash, your treasure and your great find and project.
Love the sign. I have done some this way and it works out great. This has such a wonderful farmhouse feel and love the words you chose too.
You did a fabulous job and to think you have 3 more to work with.

Have fun.

Connie said...

Carol, What an amazing find . . . I'm happy that you found them before the trash-man came. That would have been a same. Well you worked your magic and like the sweet gal that you are, you shared your process. You are the best!
Love you, Connie :)

lynn said...

what great finds! and you knew just what to do with them! love it, carol!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh how I wish we lived closer together you could help me make a sign like that with my old blue boards I got out of a dumster.
You did a fabulous farm house shabby creation LOL with that shutter

Mari said...

This is such a great idea, wonderful way to recycle old and good wood ;-)


Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Great finds Carol! I also got four shutters from my neighbor's trash. I used two for jewelry display and I still need a use for the other two. Mine were the traditional shutters, though. Yours are pretty neat in that they have the squares versus slats.

Rosie said...

These are so clever! You did a beautiful job! Really...who would throw out something that great!? Sheesh! ;) love rosie

Little Miss Maggie said...

The shutters are fabulous with and without words. I love your project, and yes, you must keep one for yourself!

Kathy said...

Totally agree, who throws this stuff away but gotta love it when they do!

Createology said...

How fortunate you found and saved these beauties. Love your addition. Merry Merry Bright...

Debbiedoos said...

Very cool piece Carol! Nice job my friend. You are a busy bee. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

ByLightOfMoon said...

You make it look so easy! I will have to try this, I was thinking I needed to use Stencils- printing on computer and tracing is perfect!

Thanks so much!
Smiles, Cyndi

Heart Vintage Design said...

Love your sign Carol! Lucky you for finding the shutters, I may have to start crusing your neighborhood, lol.


Hi Carol ! Loe the way you did you decorate your shutters. As usual when you explain something it seems always a child game. And congratulations for the shaddow on the letters : you did them as if the light was coming from the right so perfect perfect job !
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Ivy and Elephants said...

I LOVE this!!! Gorgeous, you did an amazing job!

Kelley Dibble said...

How did I miss this adorable post?! Who INDEED throws out such gems? And how can the discoverer GIVE THEM AWAY?!?! What a huge, unselfish heart you have! Lol! This turned out SOOO awesome, Carol!

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