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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Vintage-Look Bakery Sign



I felt like doing something on the creative side today,
so I thought I'd try my hand at making a vintage looking
painted bakery sign.




I started off with a wood sign from the auction trash.  I chose this 
one because I liked the beveled edge, it was the right size
and already had a wire hanger attached to the back.





I painted the edge black and the front white, leaving raw spots to help
 create a weathered look.  Then I sketched on the lettering in pencil.





After filling in the lettering with paint, I added a little brown for
dirt, spotted it with some white with my nearly dry paint brush,
and wiped the whole thing to smear the paint a little so 
it wasn't so bold and fresh looking.




I drew some lines horizontally to mimic wood grain
and softened them with a damp rag. 





Not too bad for free, ya think?
I like it hanging above the kitchen pantry.


53 comments:

  1. So chique and rustic at the same time!

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    1. Oh good...that's what I was going for! :)

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  2. Looks perfect...especially for me! lol BAKERy ;-} I have been selling baked goods at the local farmer's market the last few weeks. Am a VERY busy gal during the week...and the baked goods go quickly. You did great! It looks very cool over your pantry door. Those personal touches make such a difference. Rock on Sista!

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    1. I sell my baked goods, too!...have for years! But you have the perfect last name for it! haha,....glad your farmer's market sales are going so well....that's wonderful!

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  3. I think its perfect and a fun project!! You are on a painting roll!!!

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    1. Sometimes you just need to pick up a paint brush, right? :)

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    1. Thank you....a fun little afternoon project. :)

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  5. It's just charming Betsy....and I love that you showed the process of how you did it. It is so perfect for your pantry door. What kind of paint are you using?

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    1. Left over wall paint... :) The white was primer and the black was left over from our interior doors! haha....

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    2. Talk about using leftovers...HaHa...I must say again, if I saw that sign in a shop.... I would have bought it.... Hugs.

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    3. Haha...yes...nothing fancy...just big ol buckets of paint!

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    1. I almost think a pastry bag would have been easier than paint brushes, though! Lol....

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    2. I love the idea of a pastry bag!! I have in Pinterest in Beauty things!!

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    3. OMG three (for this the cat teasing me, is with my phone!!

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  7. You did good! I think that spot above your door is perfect. Now, what's the significance of the year 1983 for you? My oldest daughter was born in 1983.

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  8. Awesome work! What a talent you have, my dear!!

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    1. Have to do something inside while it's so cold and rainy!

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  9. Love your creativity! It looks great!

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  10. Hi Betsy .. it looks amazing - just love it .. very clever ... happy weekend - cheers Hilary

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    1. Happy weekend, indeed....it's been a good one so far!

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  11. Good job one sign. I liked your choice of lettering too. I used to be deep into calligraphy and lettering and had all the tools and some are still here never used--I liked using brushes when I could but never got around to doing much lettering. I love baked goods, especially fresh, warm, bread. And I used bake several loaves each day. My problem was and is that I like to eat the bread.

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    1. I have a calligraphy set that I haven't used in 30 years! I played around with it a lot at one time but then life got busy.

      Nothing like the smell or taste of fresh baked bread....yum! I can't resist it, either!

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  12. Very authentic looking . . . nice job . . .but don't paint me, I'm ancient enough . . . lol
    Could not quite read the lower lettering on the right . . . ah yes, from the first shot . . . got it. . . .:)
    You sure are multi-talented . . :)

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    1. Couldn't read the lettering? I guess you really are getting to be ancient! Lol....

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    2. cheeky !!! . . . plenty of life in the old dog yet . . . :) . . . lol

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  13. Turned out great
    Looks authentic and first rate
    And rings true
    As you cook away at your zoo

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    1. Lots of mouths to feed here
      As dinner time draws near.
      Something is always going on in the kitchen, too
      But it might just be singing into my wooden spoon! Ha.

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  14. I echo Eddies comments, you are indeed multi-talented, not just calligraphy, but in everything you do! You can turn a simple thing into a thing of beauty. I love the style of lettering you used, really vintage.

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    1. If you, dear Keith, approve of the lettering, then that really is saying something! :)

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    2. Isn't he gushing tonight? . . . . rofl

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  15. I love signs...yours is perfect !
    I took calligraphy classes and used to prepare diplomas and the such for various organizations. Takes quite the effort to get those letters just right.
    A beautiful piece Betsy !
    ~Jo

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    1. My...I'm impressed you did diplomas, etc. Yes, it takes a steady hand and very consistent flow and movement! It's beautiful though...an art form all its own!

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  16. B is for Bakery
    B is for Brock

    ~ Steady hand~

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    1. I see B is for bunny, too! Need to come read your post! ha.

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  17. The never ending talents!
    Hope your weekend is good....ours is soaked!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We have sun today. ...then the whole week calls for rain! Oh dear!

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  18. Another fine example of your wonderful creative skills. I just would never even think to do that.

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  19. Great job. I like the lettering that is involved to make it a period piece.

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    1. I had to look online for some lettering ideas!

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  20. Oh how I love this Becky. Clever and such simplicity.
    After church today I just came home and snoozed in the recliner...too hot again.
    Predicted temps for Wed. 109F.
    The fire danger becomes a nightmare.
    I need to visit here for some calm.

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    1. If it was 109 here, I would have laid in a recliner all day, too! :)

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  21. I love this! You are so talented. (If you weren't so nice I might not like you) :)
    I think you need to make more and put them in your shop....

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  22. My goodness! We can't leave you alone for a minute can we? Never know what you'll get up to next. And it's always fun to see.

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