So, remember the time, back a long, long while ago, before the chickens took over the yard and I had my sweet little secret garden? Yeah, me neither. But this sign hung over the entrance:
Yeah, well….now the chickens have laid claim to my pretty little garden….and….it isn’t so pretty anymore. But, I digress.
A new sign is in order!
I decided to go ahead and use the same pre-made little slab of wood (purchased in the wood craft department of Michaels), and just knocked down the lettering and finish on it with a power sander. You know, rough it up a bit.
Design up your lettering and print it out–depending on the layout, I print it out in sections, or one word at a time. This one was printed in sections:
Cut your words out and and make sure they fit properly on your ‘canvas’:
Now, flip your print-outs over and color the backside of the letters liberally with your china marker:
Now, replace your print-outs properly onto your sign, and tape them down in one or two spots just to keep them in place. Use a pencil to trace your letters.
Now remove your print-outs, and you should have yourself a nice little transfer!
Now, carefully paint (or frankly, paint-pen) your letters in:
Next, I stained the exposed wood with a weathered grey stain, and at this point, I decided I hated the dark brown letters and went and painted over them in white. It’s what I do. Then I did a faint white-washing over the top of the entire sign.
Why the French? Je ne sais pas. I’m just kinda fancy like that (despite the fact that I have gone and bastardized this beautiful language almost beyond recognition. **Sigh**).
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