DIY sign Part 1: the chevron stripes

Before I jump right in to my first tutorial , it was brought to my attention my first 2 post are pages not post LOL . Just a bump in the road to starting a blog.  So until I figure out how to fix you can read here

https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/the-nudge/

and here

https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/etsy-facebook-gearing-up-for-projects-a-helper/

now for the tutorial 🙂

I had some leftover paint from previous projects and been itching to make a sign for my house.

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The idea for this sign came from the old Flay’s packaging on display at our local Library. Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time 😉 The color combo was perfect for that pop of color I was looking for and had the retro look I love.

here is a link to packaging inspiration , I found a picture in a local FB group 🙂

 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201219087774519&set=o.107293309372966&type=3&theater

There is a special connection to my husbands family, my mother in laws grandmother was part owner for a while. My mother in law also has a great collection of the bottles and I have always admired them. So I found this to be fitting & meaningful for our home.

I started by dry brushing 3 pallet boards with left over old white chalk paint (annie sloan).  I then used frog tape and taped out a chevron pattern , they now have chevron painters tape if you didnt want to measure and tape 🙂  But I wanted mine to look more freehand and rustic. I ended up only using 2 of the boards in final sign and have one left over for another project.

blog 001I next used mustardseed yellow (mms milk paint) I had leftover from my dining room hutch redo. I painted the inside of the chevron lines and and before paint was dry I pulled off  tape. and got crisp clean lines.

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I then freehand the FLAY’S lettering using some different colors of paint I mixed , I also love using acrylic paint for this too. There are few different techniques I use when doing different fonts like in the “sparkling beverages” I will share with you in another tutorial I am working on for later this fall.  In part 2 of DIY signmaking.

Some things I always do when making sign

*I distress after the words are painted on, don’t be frustrated if you hate your sign before you distress it.  This will give it a more authentic and aged look and blends it all together nicely.

* I wax with one coat clear and buff to seal (waxing to seal a sign will be Part 3)

*add a little sparkle. I often use glitter spray paint over my signs, gives it that little extra.

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