Making a sign & a winner...

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Making a sign...

I am a huge fan of Miss.Mustard Seed (as a lot of us are!)  and I have admired her signs for a long time now.  I do not consider myself a "fine artist".  I cannot do murals or freehand a bird- or even an egg for that matter, but Marian did a wonderful sign tutorial and I thought I would attempt it.

I had an old table top laying around at the shop.  It had been exposed to the elements, so as a table top it was not great, but broken apart it was perfect for making a few signs.

I started off by painting the piece in an off white colour, then went back over it using an apple green colour.  (no specifics for the colours as I tend to mix my own with what I have in the shop)

Then I printed off the letters I wanted to use, in this case 'Dairy'.

Picking up a fine brush, I painted the letters in using the off white, then went back and highlighted the letters- imagining the light was shining to the right of them.  Highlight where the "light" would hit the letters if it was shining on them.

After that dried I covered the entire piece in dark stain and wiped it back off.  I took a sander to the piece using 100 grit paper, then hand sanded parts using a 120 grit sand block.

 I did the same technique on the second sign, but this time I used a stencil...

before antiquing wax or distressing...
after waxing & distressing

I can take custom orders on signs- or if you are feeling crafty you can make one yourself :)

Both signs are available for purchase at I Spy....The Perfect Piece, or just e-mail me and I can ship.

I'm off to do a design consult today- y'all have a wonderful Friday!


  1. I love this. Great Job! ~Angela @hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com

  2. Your sign is beautiful.
    I want to tell you that I've been "visiting" your home and i found it fantastic, all the rooms...all the details...wonderful!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

    1. Silvina- Lovely country, Argentina! Thank you so much for visiting & following my blog :)

  3. Nice work - now you can do your own 'original' pieces instead of just customer's work. Sweet!

  4. I just finished organizing my creative space so I have space to paint a sign like yours.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. You are more than welcome! Cannot wait to see what you create :)

  5. The signs looks great. It is always such a treat to look at your blog. And, I drool over those ticking pillows in your header each time! :) Robin


Thanks so much for popping in. I appreciate all of your lovely comments...Tricia