Make a DIY Railroad Sign From Scraps5:30:00 AM
How cute! And to think I made it from the trash!
I pulled apart my outdoor potting table the other day because frankly, it was minutes from falling down by itself.
It was actually the picnic table from my parent's house and they've had it for 50 years. I really think they got their money's worth!
Anyway the minute I pulled it apart I knew the wood had to be used again... at least the pieces that weren't completely rotted.
This was the piece I had my eye on!
All I had to do was to square up the ends and give it a good cleaning.
The first thing I did was to paint one side of the X black.
When the paint dried I used letter stickers to spell out Railroad Crossing on the black paint.
I painted over the stickers first with black paint to seal the letters so there would be less chance of bleed through.
I then painted the light grey color over the letters again and before it dried I removed the letter stickers revealing the black paint underneath.
When the letters were peeled off as you can see it wasn't perfect but it was good enough for this project.
I wanted the lettering to look old and distressed.
After sanding the piece very well with the palm sander, the black paint showed through and the lettering and the boards looked old and worn.
I think it looks perfectly distressed and now that 50 year old picnic table has many more years before completely hitting the landfill.
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