I am so excited to be participating with a few of my blogging friends in my first Knock Off project!
Be sure to see the other projects at the end of the post!
I’ve been wanting something above the cow in our kitchen for a while.
I was inspired to create the DINER sign by Pottery Barn.
Pottery Barn sells theirs for $59. Mine cost nothing because I already had the supplies.
I had this leftover piece of wood from the chalkboard menu board that I recently made. It’s just a piece of plywood. It is 48 inches long and 9 inches wide.
After printing the letters, I taped them together 2 inches apart.
I painted the board in Everlasting by Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints.
I centered the font on the board and taped it in place. I also folded over the sides so I could find the exact spot if it came away from the board. I did this first because with the next step, I wanted to place in the correct spot so I wouldn’t transfer over any of the oil pastels unnecessarily.
I then turned the paper over to the wrong side and traced the backside of the letters very roughly with oil pastels.
Flip it back over and carefully place back on the board centered. I then trace the letters and the oil pastels leaves an outline. You can find the full tutorial for my font transfer method HERE.
I’m left with my traced letters. Just fill in with paint. I used a flat artist brush and painting in Relic by Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints.
After I painted the letters, I just eyed it and applied painter’s tape for 2 thin pin stripes in Relic as well.
I measured a piece of painters tape 8 inches long and placed it on a piece of cardstock. I cut it out and used as a template to trace. This was faster that taping off stripes on the sides.
All of the painting is complete. I then lightly distressed and wiped away all the dust with a dry cloth.
Using Americana Decor Chalky Finish products I applied clear and then dark wax. You can see the waxing method and tips HERE. These paints and waxes are so affordable and can be found at Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels and AC Moore.
The dark wax really gives and aged, vintage look.
To use my letters visit each link to save or print:
I hope you are inspired! Be sure to check out the other projects below!
Link Parties that OSH parties at on occasion! Sunday: DIY Show Off Monday: Between Naps on the Porch, Home Storis A to Z , Inspiration Monday– Refresh Restyle Tuesday: Not Just A Housewife, All Things Heart and Home, The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse and Inspire Me Party at A Stroll Thru Life, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Wednesday: Savvy Southern Style Thursday: My Repurposed Life, From My Front Porch to Yours, Friday: French Country Cottage, Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Friday, Common Ground, Imparting Grace, Keep Calm and Link Up, Craftberry Bush – Inspiration Gallery Friday, SnapCreativity – Show and Tell, Tatertots and Jello