Thursday, March 10, 2011

Let's make a FAUX METAL SIGN!

Hello to Everyone! Hope your week has been good! Is it already Thursday? I can not believe how quickly this week went by!! Hope your week has been good!
I gave you a sneak peek at this post on Wednesday....so here goes! 
Many of you have asked me about the sign that hangs in my breakfast nook..I thought it was time to share the details of how I did it.
I made this sign before my blogging days. However, I still had everything I used, so I whipped up this tutorial for you to follow in case you would like to make one too....I patterned my sign after a vintage metal one I saw hanging in a antique store. I made this sign over a year ago and I can not remember where I got many of these "how to ideas"  for this sign....Sorry!
Here is what you will need to make a similar faux metal sign.
Cut a 1/2 inch one side good plywood 24 in.x 24 in.
Take a hammer and hammer dents into the wood. I put at least 10 dents in the board.

 
Paint the wood white and then dry brush a darker beige color over the top.
In the dents you made with the hammer....rub in a small dab of red paint, then rub a small dab of black over it. This will give you a vintage rusting metal look to the wood.
             Then print out the words for your sign on your computer..I used a 300 pt. font size and chose different font types for each word on my sign...be sure and select outline only in your format text...Then you will save printer ink! 
Layout the words onto your board. 
 After you measure and mark lines for placement of words.....Trace the letters on to the painted plywood  using CARBON TRACING PAPER (Hobby Lobby). Then use a paint pen, to outline the tracing paper lines and then paint in between with black paint.
Using 80 grit sandpaper, sand the entire sign giving it a ruffed up look. I also added small dabs of black paint to the 4 corners of the wood adding to the vintage worn look.
Here are a few close ups.....so you can see the detail!
Hope you enjoyed this project, thanks for letting me share!
Next week, is Spring Break for us....YEAH! The kids have a week off school and I'll get to sleep in, hopefully! 
We have a few things planned, not anything too big. Hubby travels all next week, so it will be a STAYCATION for me and the kids!
Is your Spring Break coming up soon? Got any special plans?
Have a great rest of your week!
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51 comments:

  1. What an awesome tutorial! I have admired that sign on your blog before and I am so glad you have shared with us how to do it. I really like the tip for saving ink too. I made a sign last night and it turned out horrible. I think I need to go get some carbon paper!

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  2. Very cute sign! Thanks for the tutorial too.

    Enjoy your spring break!

    Pam

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  3. Pretty vintage sign and a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Julie

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  4. I get the best ideas from creative people like you!! Thanks for sharing :))

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  5. You are so amazing! Your instructions make it look simple.
    I was in Texas today en route to see my daughter and friend in NYC.
    Mary Ann

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  6. Great tutorial! I am wondering if I could help a friend make one? Would be a fun project to do together. As for spring break, I am trying to get my mom to come out and visit the grandkids and see me while hubby is away.

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  7. Wonderful tuturial...great sign and it looks like the real deal!
    Have a great day!

    Rondell

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  8. Your sign came out great... love it

    pattie

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  9. That's amazing! And you made it sound so easy. hmm..wonder if I could do that? Yours is pretty!

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  10. What a great project! Fantastic tutorial, too! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Love that sign! I'm a sign maker too so I always appreciate a new technique - thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. I've wanted one of these for so long for our theater room but they are pricey. Now, thanks to you, my darling friend, I can make my own! Lurve it!!! xo

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  13. Ps..I wanted to tweet this but I don't see a twitter button :(

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  14. WOW! Now if only I was brave enough to get busy and try it.

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  15. I love this!! Just popped from Carol's at The Design Pages. Thanks for the tutorial! Your blog is completely fabulous :)
    Your newest follower
    Kelle
    xx

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  16. Great sign! I love what you wrote. Very cute!!

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  17. Great tutorial. Have a great time on spring break!

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  18. Very nice! I could see this being a very popular technique and so much fun..... making your own vintage sign!!

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  19. Wonderful tutorial and sign! Thanks for the outline only tip.

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  20. That is so awesome. I will definitely be checking back as I work on that box I told you about. We're on break for 2 weeks and I am soooo looking forward to sleeping in and not making lunch in a bag. My husband is travelling as well. Too bad we're not closer, we could craft our days away together:)

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  21. You've made it look so easy I'll have to give it a try!! Thanks!!

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  22. Love your sign, it's gorgeous!
    Thanks for your tutorial, enjoy your spring break!
    XO

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  23. I've admired your sign before so than you for the wonderful tutorial! Enjoy your spring break and have a great weekend!

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  24. Lisa, thank you for posting this tutorial! I've made signs before but this is definitely a better way to go - using the carbon paper is such a great idea! I love how your sign came out and will definitely use your technique on the one I'm making now. :) Have a great weekeend! Lisa

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  25. Cute! Love that! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  26. I absolutely love it! This is my NEXT project! Where did you get the idea of what to write on it?

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  27. LOVE it! I may be doing this project!

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  28. My six-year old even said "Aww! That's pretty!" I agree! Beautiful sign!

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  29. You are so clever! Great tip on using the carbon paper! I love the aging technique that you used, too! Great tutorial! :) Michelle

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  30. This is beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial! I hope you have a wonderful staycation! Our Spring break is in a couple weeks, we will be staycationing as well! :)

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  31. I love the sign and the tutorial. Enjoy your staycation.

    Cheers,
    Lisa x

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  32. I love your sign! Thanks for the tutorial.What a great idea with the carbon paper.

    Kathy

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  33. I've always wondered about that sign. Thanks for sharing how you made it. I think it's so pretty - just love it.

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  34. Thanks so much for the tutorial for this beautiful sign...I have never done these, so after seeing yours I think I might give it a try!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  35. Your sign is fantastic! Texas spring break comes nearly a month before Cali's! Hope your staycation is full of family time & fun projects!
    ~kristen

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  36. You are amazing!!! I love the sign.

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  37. Your sign looks great! I have always wanted to try this. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  38. Great tutorial....You make it sound so do-able! We started spring break yesterday...but it doesn't feel like it!...We are going to Seattle & Whistler!

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  39. This is gorgeous! Love how it turned out!!

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  40. Love that sign. I think I might be able to tackle this project. Been wanting something similar for the kitchen. I have that same old green scale, belonged to my grandmother.

    Enjoy your SB! We're off next week and headed to sunny/warm Palm Springs for a few days :)

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  41. Wow, this project came out fabulous! I might just have to try that out myself... what a beautiful piece of wall art!

    Hope you have a wonderful Monday!
    B.

    That Girl in Pearls

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  42. Charming! And the tracing paper is something I never thought of - I thought I needed a fancy schmancy projector to get results like that! Thanks for sharing!!

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  43. I CANNOT believe you made that sign. Incredible!!

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  44. I love your sign! It makes me long for spring! :)
    gret job,
    gail

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  45. Thank you for this great tutorial.... I LOVE your sign...

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  46. This is so cool! Love that it was made without a vinyl cutter of any sort. I've had some major cricuit/silhouette envy lately! :) Thank you!

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  47. That really is a great looking sign, Lisa! It looks so authentic. :)

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  49. I am really excited to be sharing this tutorial on my blog, tomorrow Oct 21st, 2013. I hope you will stop by for a visit. Make it a great week!! xoxoxo

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