As a child the song Deck the halls was one of my favorites. I would sing it very loud, repeating it over and over. I did this mostly to annoy my sibs. You see there are eight of us. I am the middle child, lucky number four. I kind of lived to torment them. My chosen method was to sing my little heart out. FA LA LA LA LA la la la la!
Hence the vintage sign.
I wanted to show you a new technique using our texture cream. The results are pretty great if I do say so.
Let’s begin by going to the home improvement store to get some binding plates. You will need these to bind your boards. They work great but I also chose to use wood glue to make them more stable.
I chose six of our carved boards. I wanted them to be very distressed with a beat up look. I grabbed my trusty hammer and just went to town hitting them. I mostly used the pronged part.
Once your boards are distressed and bound together. You will need to paint them. Use a brush with about inch long bristles. This is the fun part, just start painting on the raw boards with texture cream. I used a lot of the texture cream for this step. I wanted it to have some depth so I used more texture cream in random areas leaving a thick coat. Don’t smooth it out completely. You want brush strokes as this will add a very cool texture. When most of the cream was dry I painted all of the board’s bright red. The paint mixed with the wet texture cream where it was a little thicker. This was a little scary at first but breathe deep and relax; it will be perfect. Don’t get antsy as it isn’t the prettiest at this point. Let it dry overnight.
The next step takes some elbow grease. It is sanding time. It took several pieces of sand paper. You want to sand it so that you can see the brush strokes but not all the way to the wood. Dust it off very well when done.
With a foam brush and very little black paint, I did a dry brush technique. Really all you do is dab the brush in the paint and then wipe it off with a paper towel. leaving very little paint on the brush. Drag the brush over very lightly in random spots. This step is to give it even more depth. I was a little heavier with the black on the edges of the boards. Next I took wood stain and applied a very thick coat over the whole project. Don’t wipe it off let it sit and dry until it is dry but a bit tacky to the touch. You don’t want the stain to come off on your hands but also don’t want it super dry.
I printed out the words and laid them carefully out on the sign. I took a pencil and traced over the letter using a fair amount to pressure. Because the stain isn’t totally set, it acts kind of like carbon paper. Your lettering shows up just enough to be able to see while painting.
I wanted a vintage effect to the lettering. I used a small paint brush, adding little white paint. I painted it very light for the most part. I did get a little heaver with the paint in some spots. I made sure not to fill in some areas all together.
This project takes a few steps and bit more time, but man oh man is it all worth it. I think it just may be my fave project to date!
It turned out wonderfully vintage looking. I am so happy about the finished project I might just call my siblings and sing to them just to make my day complete. What could be better? Making beautiful creations and bugging my family. What a wonderful life I lead.
This was a great way to get me in the festive mood. Thanks for letting me sharing it with you.