Hi there! I hope wherever you are today that you are snug and warm. As I write this post, it is 15° F outside; I just raised the heat and pulled up the hood on my sweatshirt. Brrr.
It’s a good day to stay inside and work on a project or two, like this vintage-inspired sign that I made out of an old cutting board recently. I picked up the board at a thrift store for a dollar and imagined turning it into a sign because of its perfect size and the presence of a “juice groove.” That groove provided the perfect outline for the message of the sign.
Of course, I could continue to use the board for its intended purpose, but it was not in the greatest shape, so I knew upcycling it into something brand new was the answer.
I gave it one coat of my favorite oops paint, filled in the juice groove with black paint, and applied a vintage-y stencil with that same black paint.
I purchased the stencil recently from Scrappin’ Along and found it great to work with. [I’m not an affiliate, just like the product.]
I made my own dark wax by mixing some dark stain in with a little clear wax. Using a wooden kraft stick, I sprinkled some stain over the wax, mixed well, and then added more stain until I achieved a good, dark color.
I then applied it evenly over the entire surface with a piece of cheese cloth.
This shows you a nice even layer of dark wax starting to dry and adhere to the paint. Wait about ten minutes or so and then wipe off any excess wax. I usually let it sit for a few minutes after that and then rub it with clean cheese cloth to bring out a hard, satin finish.
Here’s a look at the sign before I applied the dark wax.
And here it is after. It’s a subtle but noticeable difference that adds some age to the project.
It has strong vintage appeal that I hope buyers at my booth will respond to.
In keeping with the grocery store theme, I staged it with an antique malted milk jar and one of my favorites, an old postal scale. The jar is headed to the booth, much as I love it, but I’ll hang onto the scale for a while longer.
Both have that worn but still beautiful look about them that I just love. I know you do as well–that’s why you keep coming back, right?
I hope your weekend has some junkin’ or maybe DIY-ing in store, and that it’s filled with lots of love and blessings.
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