How to make old signs… with a GROCERY stencil!
Old or antique signs are huge in home decorating these days!
While they’re cool to find, they’re even more fun (and easy) to create! Here’s how to make old signs, with this one being a multi coloured old sign from a board found on the curb.
How to make old signs…
with a GROCERY stencil!
About the stencil
Update: Due to popular demand for all things old signs, Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils are now avail so it’s super easy to make your own old signs from my own designs!
1. Find an old board on the curb no one wants any longer.
2. Pick an acrylic craft paint colour that’s a little on the bright side.
3. Once dry, go over the paint with a colour a little on the deeper side to help tone it down.
4. Create a decal (made with my pro signmaker equipment – Graphtek cutter and Signlab software) or stencil as most of you would most likely do)
Using a vinyl stencil
5. Center the decal, then create a tape hinge on one side.
6. Lift the decal and pull out the backing. Then burnish (rub) the decal onto the surface via a hand held hard edged squeegee (credit card works too)
7. Pull off the premask. (top paper)
8. Paint inside the stencil/decal. Follow the letters with your brush as if they were hand brushed on for a realistic brushed on look.
9. Remove the blue decal/your stencil, leaving the freshly white painted letters. (not shown)
10. Distress the works with a palm sander so bottom coat AND some wood background shines through. (not shown)
How to add multiple distress colours
Another distressing technique: randomly place masking tape all over sign and pull off before paint is fully cured. (pulls clear to wood in some places which is neat)
Adding sign details
10. Decide on jewelry. Hmm… what shall it be today? I love using old hinges and brackets to add old world charm to signs.
Two shelf brackets were added to both sides of GROCERY for a little junky styling, as well as hanging potential.
Isn’t that a beauty?!
Love the multiple paint tones from the distressing peeking through!
I also like how some sections got right down to the raw wood.
So let’s hang it up in the kitchen!
Wow. What a fabulous statement piece this GROCERY sign turned out to be for the kitchen!
Toned right down to a nice deep cherry coke kinda red indoors.
(lights in kitchen were finished after this photo shoot… naturally…)
This distressed GROCERY sign adds a pop of old world charm to this kitchen space. It’s just right!
Think you’ll give one a go for your own home?
Other sign related projects you may enjoy:
featured in the June 2011 issue of SignCraft Online.