Thursday, April 3, 2014

Grocery & Market Signs With a Quick Letter Painting Tip

I love to make signs

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip www.homeroad.net



I like to copy signs I've seen on Pinterest
Donna from Funky Junk Interiors made.

Donna's coveted sign

That one is hanging in my kitchen from 
the day after she made hers. I just love it!

Other signs are my own creation...

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip www.homeroad.net

Today I'm using boards from an old
repurposed garage cabinet.

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip www.homeroad.net

The boards were beautiful but a pain
to disassemble. Once I got them apart
I began scraping off the peeling paint
that hadn't fallen off already.

I sealed the woods with a matte varnish before 
I did the lettering so
more paint wouldn't chip off...

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip www.homeroad.net

I printed out my letters on the computer and then 
using the stiff paper from the junk mail (I love to recycle)
I cut out each letter in the word GROCERY and MARKET
from the thick paper. Unfortunately the mail I used was a 
Victoria's Secret postcard and my letters are a little risque... 
please forgive me....

On second thought I can only show you the M and the A
because the other letters might get me shut down.

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip www.homeroad.net

I used a yard stick to draw a straight line on the sign
then lined up the letters on the line.   I traced around
each letter with a pencil then filled in the letters 
with Graphite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip www.homeroad.net
The recycled letters are available to use again on 
the many signs I plan on making. 


Using the cut out letters as a stencil is an easy way
to create perfect lettering, especially when you
plan on using the letters more than once.

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip www.homeroad.net

When the lettering dried sanded the words then used 
clear wax to seal the surface.

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip www.homeroad.net

My signs look quite old and authentic with this awesome
chippy paint!


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12 comments:

  1. That is really funny and a really great idea to use junk mail! The sign looks really awesome!

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  2. Love it! Super easy. Thanks for sharing. ChicByTab

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  3. Love your signs, Susan! Great tip for doing the lettering, too! I don't know why I never thought of that. It's simple and free. I'm always getting tons of those glossy post card junk mailings.

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  4. You are too funny! ;) And the signs are fabulous, as always!

    Jeanine

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  5. I love the sign and I appreciate your helpful tips! Thank you so much. I didn't know what you meant at first about being shut down. Haha! Yay for re-cycling!

    Tamara~

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  6. Love your signs! Vintage (or faux vintage!) add so much character and warmth to decor.

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  7. I love signs too. Your's are great! I love how you recycled, save money by making your own lettering :)

    Have a blessed weekend!

    ~Sherri

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  8. great tips, I love your signs Susan!

    I can't paint a lick... that's why I stencil everything. I AM really good at that. lol

    have a great weekend

    gail

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  9. OK... so you gave me an idea! I wonder what a sign would look like if I printed out letters on junk mail, and then mod podged those to the wood? Hmmm.......

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  10. You caught me at "Matt finish varnish."
    I'm looking for something with NO sheen! Could you tell me what you used?
    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Christine! The matte varnish I used is made by DecoArt. You can find it on their website www.decoart.com

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    2. Excellent. I'm off!
      Thanks so much.

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