February 7, 2013 by twinoaksstudio
On Monday I signed up to be a vendor at Luckett’s Spring Market in Leesburg, VA. I’m very excited about this opportunity. I’ve never been a vendor anywhere and I guess you can say I’m starting off pretty big! The vendors last year had a lot of amazing things! I’ll likely make a handful of signs to sell, but this sign I made specifically for me. 🙂
I started off with an old oak kitchen cabinet door.
I washed it and sanded it down a little bit. My first coat of paint is Miss Mustardseed’s Milk Paint in Grainsack. Mixing up the paint was a lot of fun. My mixing was done by hand and I think I made it a little thick so it had a nice rustic texture, which I liked. I first painted the recessed area between the frame and the raised panel, then I added the bonding agent and painted the rest of the door.
After that was dry I gave it a light sanding. Next I mixed up Miss Mustardseed’s Lucketts Green. Great color! I only have a sample size of this and need to order a regular size of it. I painted 2 coats total of the green. I like how you can see the different pigments of color and how that adds dimension! After the green was dry I sanded down the door and distressed it slightly. I also drilled out holes in it for knobs to hang towels on. (I have 3 teen daughters – they use a lot of towels!) Now its ready to receive the images.
I printed out the ads and enlarged the sections I wanted to use for my sign. Then I flipped the printout over and rubbed pencil on the backside. I taped it onto the board and traced over the image leaving its pencil impression on the board. Then I outlined and filled in everything in white craft (acrylic) paint.
For the pear image, I wanted it slightly transparent so I mixed a little acrylic paint and painters glaze together and painted that on lightly. It looked a little bare just outlined in white.
After it was all painted I shadowed the letters in black. They aren’t really big letters and I didn’t want to do an entire outline on them. Next I lightly distressed the board again with a sanding block. I dusted it off and applied a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax then dark wax.
The knobs I picked up from Hobby Lobby. I love their selection of knobs. I tried to pick out the more rustic/battered looking ones.
So there she is! Pear Soap – The Purest and Most Durable Toilet Soap! No sexy supermodels in this ad! 🙂
I’ll make another sign similar to this one for Lucketts, but without the knobs everywhere. I’ll make other hand painted signs too using Miss Mustardseed’s Milk Paint. I love how it chipped off in certain areas. Its the perfect look for this sign. I need to order more milk paint, and will definitely get Lucketts Green and Grain Sack. I have Tricycle already. If I had to make a sign using one other color, what should it be? If you have an opinion let me know!
Thanks for stopping by!
If you live in the Boston area – my thoughts are with you! I grew up in Connecticut and remember the blizzard of 1978. My mom was a nurse working at one of the big hospitals in New Haven and the state was under a state of emergency – no one was allowed to use the roads, but since my mom was considered “emergency personnel” someone in a 4 wheel drive came to our house to take her to work. I also remember doing a lot of sledding! Take care and I hope you keep warm!!
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