Thursday, June 7, 2012

Poster Text and Grunge Paint on End Table

Don't ask me why
but the speed limit
at our lake
is 23.

I gathered some other
fun facts
about the lake
and had a small poster made:

The poster is 12" X 12" and cost $3.50
when I ordered it half price through Zazzle.

I thought it would be fun to seal the poster
on top of an end table
and have a very personalized piece.

I had just the little end table that would work.

But does it need some work!
The style is dated with all of the little waves and curls.
So what's a girl to do but Cut 'em off.

Girl + Saw = Problem Solved

Much Better Now.

Ready to paint Semi-gloss Black.
I didn't want to have heavy coverage.
I don't mind if some of the brown wood
underneath shows through.

Then I applied the poster to the top.
I used a spray glue for adhesive.

Press all of the air bubbles out.

Let dry
then sand all of the edges of the poster
and the poster itself.
Also sand all of the edges of the end table
for a worn look
Use a finer sandpaper for the main body of the poster.
You can use a coarse sandpaper for the edges.

You can find more details
on mounting paper art to wood
on my Subway Art tutorial.
And more  here.

Since I'm going with a very personalized lake theme
I decided to paint the speed limit 23 on the sides.

Block off a rectangle with painter's tape
and brush in white leaving some streaks.

Make a template with pencil lines on the back
and transfer to the wood.

Fill in with black paint
using tape as a guide for your lettering.

Using rusts, raw sienna, and black
use a dry brush stroke on corners
and random places on sign
to show an aged look.
Make sure to off load your paint
on a paper towel so the application
is light and streaky.

I used this technique on my Route 66 Sign.

Then for another custom detail
I added a boat tie down
for a handle.

I put a couple of coats of poly acrylic sealer over the poster.

It's kind of a masculine piece.
It would be fun to customize one for a guys room
and use road signs.
You could even try to find an old car door handle
for a drawer pull.....

Here's the fun Before and After!

Good thing we got rid of those
girly girl curls.

Girl Power.
You can do it!

Link Parties: 

Friday:        Miss Mustard Seed
                   Redoux Interiors
                   The Shabby Nest
                   Curb Alert
                   At the Picket Fence

Saturday:   Funky Junk Interiors

Monday:     DIY Showoff
                  Sumos Sweet Stuff
                  Between Naps on the Porch

Tuesday:    Coastal Charm 
                  Home Stories A to Z
                  Primitive and Proper
                  My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wednesday:  Savvy Southern Style

Thursday:   Beyond the Picket Fence
                   Shabby Creek Cottage
                   House of Hepworths
                   Delightful Order
                   The 36th Avenue


Diane said...

Another great makeover Deb! Love how you incorporated the speed limit sign on the sides and taking away those curvy lines was a great idea!

In a nearby town we have a road sign that reads 22 mph. I believe it is the best speed limit for the curvy road and it also catches the eyes of those who are first time travelers so they slow down.

Have a great weekend!

Deb Hrabik said...

22 mph....I've never seen anything like that except here. Interesting. Thanks Diane!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful transformation! Great piece!

Abbey Lenz said...

Thats amazing to take something thats all beat up to something beautiful. Like it was just purchased. Good Job!
- Abbey Lenz :)

Candy said...

How Cute. I love what I've seen so far, sooooo, I will be back as soon as I have a minute. Gotta leave here right now. So, I am following. Wanna come back and see what other neat projects you've done. Please come visit me at THANKS.

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks Candy. Pickin and Paintin sounds like me. Fun!

Liz - Imageremix said...

Deb, you are a master sign maker. I just love this! I almost used a tie down for the bedside table I covered with a map. I never got around to it and have sort of decided on something with rope, but seeing that on yours makes me want to rethink the plan. Such a great outcome on this piece.

reFresh reStyle said...

You are such a great artist! love everything you do!

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks so much girls for all of the encouraging words.
I appreciate your visit!

love jenny xoxo said...

wow, awesome job!! it's so cute and personalize now, great idea!

I'm a new follower - and about to become a lake girl myself! Love the blog!


Deb Hrabik said...

Nice to meet you Jenny!
Your header is So cute on your blog,

Bliss said...

Flipping awesome!!! I'm pinning that baby.


Deb Hrabik said...

Now that means a lot coming from you....the celeb photographer! Now I know why you posted that awesome Kodak dresser.

Twice Nice said...

Love this and love the story behind it too! Deb

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a sweet custom piece!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

SO cool! the speed limit part is my favorite! :)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I've been spotting your awesome table at all the parties and just had to stop by and say WOW! And WOW! And WOW!

I adore it ... did I say WOW?



The Pickin' Pair said...

Wowww...I am in love with how this turned out! Amazing job! I found you through a blog hop and am now a follower!

Emreen said...

Interesting work, Amazing transformation... !!

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

This is amazing and original! I love it! Keep up with your creations.

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks for stopping by Shelly!
Appreciate your comments, Deb

Susan @ said...

Adorable! I love your work, I'm following