Sunday, November 10, 2013

Making Old Signs

What is it

about old signs!

There's something about the way

the written word marks a passage of time.

It takes me back generations

imagining a pioneer way of life.




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Planked Styling,

rough wood,

stencil look letters,

and a rusty patina

have all the makings of 

an old time sign.

Terri, my country cousin,

saw the "Toll Bridge" original

in the local cafe.

Are you like me -

whenever I shop or see things I love,

I always think I can make that!

It's a way of life.

So I was excited to take the challenge

and make this Toll Bridge sign.

Using pieced fence boards,

keeping all of the boards and edges dark stain,

and brushing on an off-white paint,

my sign base is ready for lettering.

I made the text in photoshop and pencil transferred to the board.

Then let the marathon lettering begin. ha!

Watching the CMA's while outlining and filling in 

with a sharpie helps.

I did take a liner brush with black paint over top

to strengthen the text.

(I know - I need to get a letter cutting machine!)

Yeah, that's cinnamon in the picture.

I should be making pumpkin pie

but that would be "Lake Girl Bakes".

 I'm using my cinnamon for 

Old sign worn detail.

After everything was painted and dry,

I brushed clear glaze randomly over entire piece.

Then sprinkled cinnamon over those areas

and brushed lightly.

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There are so many ways to distress

new paint to make it look old.

I thought this method looked 

like the original aged patina.

Aren't the words fun!

This photo was taken in Terri's charming 

farmhouse entry.

Her country design is so inviting,

I think she's going to let us in
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for a tour soon!

Thanks for your visit!

Always appreciate you stopping by,


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Down to Earth Style said...

I love your old sign. Good tip using the cinnamon for a rusty look.

Feral Turtle said...

That is fantastic. I thought it was an original old sign when I saw the picture!

Dee said...

Wow, that's genius! Love it. Thanks for sharing, I would have never thought of cinnamon in painting. Dee from My Painted Stuff.

Keith@Vintage Crab Jewelry said...

I like the touch of cinnamon! I bought all the supplies for the kids to make the cinnamon Christmas ornaments (previous post) when they come for Thanksgiving. They are going to love it, thank you!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for sharing this charming sign at my party...I love it!


Reduce, Reuse, Renewed said...

Well that's a new use for cinnamon! Never would have thought of that. Very economical and I bet it makes the process smell yummy~!

EveryDay Bloom said...

I love peeking in and seeing what you're up to lately. And oh, the cleverness of you! Cinnamon! Who would have thought. The perfect color and texture for rustiness. You've discovered a totally un-gross patina! Also. I think the hand lettering probably reads more authentically than cutouts would hooray for CMA, sharpies, and "leisurely" lettering.

Beautifully done, and sweet in always.
Lynaea @

Mary said...

Hi Deb! You are such a talented lady! I featured your vintage painted sign this week. Blessings, Mary

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I absolutely love this sign! I found you over at Boogieboard Cottage and I'm your newest follower!

betty p said...

You sign is adorable! What an innovative way to use cinnamon! I'm visiting from Feathered Nest Friday and am your newest follower. I invite you to visit my blog at . I look forward to visiting you again soon and see more of your creativity at it's best.

Betty (maddiebellahome)

Krista thehappyhousie said...

Wow -awesome Deb! You are so patient! And the cinnamon is a great trick. I always think I can make everything that I see shopping as well- sometimes I need to remember that I don't have the time to make everything I see (lol).

Susan Homeroad said...

Deb I love your sign. I always want to recreate signs I see... the problem is having the time to do everything I want to make! I love the cinnamon idea.. thanks for that! Beautiful!

Dria S said...

Love this! You did a beautiful job!!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Old signs do have their charm - love how you use cinnamon to give an aged, rusty look - brilliant! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,