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15 March 2010

I hope you all noticed that I am going to start featuring your projects from my Friday party links whenever I can.  And my first victim,  uh, I mean guest is Erin from Lemon Tree Creations.

I love what she did with this thrift store find.  And, I was thinking this could be easily copied with two old weathered fence posts (keep an eye on the curbside spring cleaning left overs- I know I may have a sickness for reusing things).  Simply take a board to paint the sign on and wrap it with beat-up boards, nail around the edges and wa-la!

Without further adieu here is the project!

Erin from Lemon Tree Creations 
$1.00 Welcome Sign!!

Who would have thought that this old $1 Longaberger Basket sign could look so cool?  Even though I quickly grabbed it up from the thrift store, I had no idea that it had so much potential. 
 Whoever had painted it the first time around used some sort of crackle medium, because when I tried to paint over it, my paint became really transparent and slimy.  I painted 3 coats of white to try to cover up the dark red and blue paint, and ended up with a relatively blank slate to do some stenciling.  You could still see a little of the crackling, but it wasn’t nearly as big or obvious as it had been on the sign originally.  I printed off some different fonts and experimented with sizes up against the wood.  Once I found one I liked, I sprayed it with a tacky stencil spray so that it would stick to the wood. 

I then traced the outline of the letters on the back of the paper in pencil, stuck the paper where I wanted it to be on the sign, and scribbled over the front of the paper so that the letter outlines were lightly rubbed onto the sign.
I peeled the paper off and filled the letters in with a black acrylic paint.  I then lightly sanded over the letters in the direction of the wood grain with a coarse sand paper.  I stained the wood trim a dark oak color, and then painted over the letters and the white with an antique glaze, and quickly wiped it off.  This is what I ended up with.
The initial crackling came through beautifully once the wood was sanded a little bit, and the glaze filled the cracks in just enough to give it a perfect aged look.  I even ended up with several large cracks through the letters, like this one through the E and L that I love.

I started off with an old looking sign, and ended up with a sign that is old looking, but in a good way!

Isn't that cool?
I love the distressed look!  
If you want to check out more of their projects 
Thanks for linking up to the party Erin!

If you too would like to have a project featured, either link up to Friday's party or send me an email with the link to your project, so I can consider posting it!  Thanks!


Erin A March 15, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

Thanks so much for the feature! It looks even better on your blog, ha! :)

Laura March 15, 2010 at 10:22 PM  

That's so neat! I'll have to try this out this spring! Thanks for sharing.

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