Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Faves...a simple homemade sign

If you've been a reader here for very long, you know the amusing story of the cow in my painting.  Since, in real life, Bonnie the cow lived on a farm in France, I decided to make a sign to hang over her head that says "Fresh Milk" in French.
Because I'm impulsive and tend to dive right in and try a project I have in my mind, you'll have to bear with me as I explain what the sign looked like before I changed it and the steps in how I made it since I didn't photograph the process.
This was a double sided arrow shaped sign that says BEACH.  It is still like that on the opposite side. The wood on the sign is rough, so instead of trying to sand off the word BEACH or to make the wood smooth, I simply painted over it with gray paint. Once that layer of paint was dry I went over it with a light and uneven coat of white paint. When that was dry I used a paint pen to make a black border around the arrow.  Then I printed the words lait frais, (fresh milk in French), in the font and size I wanted.  I  laid the words on the sign and traced around the letters firmly with a sharp ink pen. With a fine paint brush I painted in the letters.  Once everything was dry, I lightly sanded the sign to "age" it and then wiped a layer of Minwax natural wax on it.
This inexpensive French style milk bottle completes the theme of this little corner in my kitchen nook.  I found it for $3 at Ross!

Well, it's Friday, friends.
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
and a safe and BLESSED weekend!


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  1. Love your new sign! Happy Friday from the Oregon Coast where the skies are blue, the sun is shining and the breakers are breaking BIG!

  2. Have always loved finding things up upsize to what I want. Great idea and it turned out perfect. Love your milk bottle. :)

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles


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