Something exciting for me is in the works so I've been a busy bee lately working on all kinds of fun projects!!! Sure does feel good to get back to doing what I love!!!!
Can't wait until I'm 100%...
One day last week I found this A-MAZ-ING piece at our local Goodwill Store. It is made of metal and had this picturesque paper insert in the middle. The bones of the piece were gr-r-r-r-reate even though it did have a small ding on the side. For $4.99 it was more than a good deal so I decided to haul it home!
I pretty much knew from the beginning how I wanted this decor piece to look. I'm not a big fan of the type of artwork in the center...the frame is already sooo ornate and I wanted to go with something simple...
First thing I did was pull out my trusty All Purpose Joint Compound and use it to fill in the dent on the metal frame. I allowed it to dry outside for a couple of hours (or you can cheat and use a hair dryer to speed up the process) before sanding off the excess.
Next step was to lightly sand the entire piece and blow off the residual grit. Next came a LIGHT brush painting with your favorite paint. I used a soft white paint (Eggshell) from Home Depot and opted for a chip brush to do the work. They are super inexpensive and you can toss them away when you are done!
When I paint something using a Chip Brush I paint in all directions. I love the texture the random brush strokes give to a piece.... I used two coats very lightly applied and then gently sanded the entire piece after 24 hours of curing. This keeps the paint from balling up, etc.
Next step was to print out on my computer the letters to make up the word BISTRO. I used the CASTELLAR FONT and reduced the letters down to the desired size.
After I adjusted the letters and had them where I wanted them to be on the sign I flipped each letter over and penciled over the backside. Once this was done I repositioned them into place, being careful to center them and space the letters out evenly!
Next came the tracing of the letters onto the metal decor piece! I simply taped them down and with a light hand traced around each letter. You can also use graphite paper...but I find it cumbersome at times and often too dark as well...even the gray graphite looks dark to me!
After each letter was traced I opted to hand paint them down the center versus using a paint pen and/or marker. My goal was an un-refined and uncomplicated look for the sign and so I didn't have to be too careful as I planned on distressing the letters once they were painted.
I used craft paint for the lettering and a lighter brown was used for the halo (shadow). Again...I wanted this sign to look aged so unlike some of the signs I've done (especially those with script) you don't have to be too exact when painting out the letters!
Once the wording was painted I let the entire sign cure for another 24 hours before clear coating it with a matte sealer (non-yellowing and NOT VARNISH!). You can also use paste wax!
And so here you go! A SWEET BISTRO SIGN just perfect for your kitchen or breakfast area.
Now...to catch you up on what's new!
Because I knew hand surgery was imminent I made the difficult decision after Thanksgiving to pull out of the antique mall after Christmas. I just couldn't keep it stocked and it had sold down to the bear bones... There was no way I could keep it up while recovering so I opted to put everything in my garage until I healed up. Initially my thought was I'd move back into my same space (they graciously welcomed me...how nice is that?) but in early January a great opportunity came up I just couldn't pass up! And sooo.... On March 1st I'm moving into Serendipity Market here in Edmond, Oklahoma. I've leased an awesome booth and presently my Mr. AGPMan is focused on reworking my existing pergola (booth frame) for me. Lots of changes are coming and I'm really excited to share with you what's been going on.
I hope you enjoyed the mini tutorial! Hope your Tuesday is fabulous! The weather is 2die4 here in Oklahoma...we just need more rain!
Love to you..