Hi everyone! It’s Friday–yay!! I’m looking forward to the weekend, how about you? Tomorrow I’m attending a women’s breakfast at my church, and Sunday after church, my sweet husband and I are taking my mother out to lunch and then to the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls (NY). It’s one of our favorite local museums, and it contains a surprising number of first class pieces, like a painting of Christ by Rembrandt and a nice collection of Renoirs. The 2nd Sunday of the month is always free and we like to try to take advantage of that on occasion since the normal price is $12/person. But today I have a real quickie for you–a project I completed not too long ago that has already sold via my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center in Troy (NY): a chippy vintage “The Lake” sign that I made out of an old screen window.
What makes this sign so fascinating is not what it says, or even what it looks like, but what I made it out of.
I found this old screen with the chippy aqua paint for two bucks at a cute antique/gift shop up in Saratoga (NY) about a year and a half ago. My plan was to rip out the screen and use the frame for something; however, it proved just too rickety. No amount of nails tacked into each corner would hold it together, so I took it apart and used the bigger pieces (on the right and left) to create a surface to stencil on.
I glued them together as you see here with wood glue and in addition, glued some small, flat pieces of wood on the back for reinforcement.
I used a stencil letter set with a rather plain, san serif font and applied basic, craft store acrylic paint with a make-up sponge.
Pounce a small amount of paint on the larger flat end, pounce the excess paint off, apply a fairly dry sponge onto your project, in this case, the sign.
In order to make the white letters stand out a little more from the aqua background, I outlined them in part with a fine permanent marker. Once everything was dry, I gave it a couple of coats of polyurethane to protect it and help prevent further chipping of that beautiful aqua paint. I also attached a couple of eye screws to the top and threaded some jute through them for hanging. It sold not too long ago for $35.00. I’d love to get my hands on some more gorgeous wood like this, but it may have been a once in a lifetime find. But that won’t stop me from looking…
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