I love the look of old signs. I love the dents, discoloration, paint scuffs & rust that are on them. One of my favorite shows is “American Pickers.” If I could go picking with Mike & Frank, it would be a Dream Come True!!!! This darling sign reminds me of a sign Frank would for sure want. Don’t you think? If you like the look of signs then this Blog is for you.
Square sign from Dollar Tree (mine is one from Thanksgiving)
Red, Cream, and Blue Paint
Let Freedom Ring Vinyl Stencils
A Stencil Foam Brush
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Not pictured – Tan Ribbon
The first thing I did was remove the jute hanger from the sign. I just set it aside because when I am finished I will replace it. Then I measured the sign into 3 equal parts. After I measured the board I went outside and cut it with my chop saw, like this.
Now its time to paint the 3 separate boards. I painted one Blue, one Cream, and one Red. The paint colors I used are all from Apple Barrel. I used True Navy, Antique White, and Real Red. If you can see in the pictures my boards looked a little rough after I painted them, but that’s ok. It’s the look I’m going for.
Now after I painted the Boards, it is time to add the Stencils. It is very IMPORTANT to let your paint completely dry before applying the stencils. If not when you remove the stencil it will peel up the paint. I like a little paint to come up because it adds more imperfections to the boards. So don’t worry if a little paint comes off.
I put the word “Let” on the blue board, “Freedom” on the white board, and “Ring on the red board.
Once the stencil was in place on each board, I removed the transfer tape and started filling in the stencils with paint. I used my cream paint to stencil on the red & blue boards. To stencil on the cream board I used dark brown paint.
Once I had all three stencils filled in, I let the paint completely dry and then removed the stencils from the boards. This is what it looks like once the stencils are removed. You can see where the paint peeled up a little, but I like that look.
Now I added Waverly Wax in Antique over each board with a wet rag. It just keeps adding that old, worn look to my sign. I think Mike and Frank would love this sign! After I was finished staining the boards, they looked like this.
To Hook the 3 boards back together, I took some tan ribbon and hot glued them to the backs of the boards. When you are doing this make sure the boards are spaced apart equally. Also make sure the ribbon is hot glued to both sides securely. I also added the hanger back onto the sign.