I gave a sneak peek in my last post of a painted sign I was creating….a project I’d never tried before but was eager to explore. I’ve often heard of using what, to many now, are old fashioned projectors to ‘project’ a selected image on a wall or board and then trace around it prior to painting, but I’d yet to try it myself. A couple weeks ago, during our church’s annual Mother/Daughter Tea, I happened to be visiting with one of our associate pastors and asked if the church happened to have a projector they’d be willing to sell or give away. She said they did have a few in the building, but they really didn’t use them much any more, so she’d be happy to loan one out to me for as long as I needed it.
I knew exactly where I wanted to hang my first painted sign…..right in this spot above my dark armoire (the board you see above it now is the unfinished sign with my first coat of paint):
I did not bother to prime. My first coat of paint was an old quart of Behr’s Cathedral I had from two years ago when I painted a thrift store desk.
I then used my sander to rough up the top coat, wear down to bare wood in parts, and add the much-needed aged look:
Now, I realize a sign like this may not authentically boast rustic-looking handles along the upper edge.
But you know what? I love hardware, and the sign seemed to be calling for something. I didn’t have old hinges, so rustic-looking handles is what I chose. After all, it was my sign.
So here’s my first painted sign:
And I think I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Matter of fact, I think this may be the beginning of a new thing:-)