February 27, 2013 by twinoaksstudio
I just finished up a sign and wanted to share it (ok – show it off a little 🙂
The coolest part of the sign is the wood I used. When you hear “reclaimed wood” people often think of barn wood, which is highly coveted, somewhat pricey and not too common in the Washington DC area as we have few barns left to reclaim wood from! What we DO have in abundance are houses built in the 1950s-1970s. Many of these homes are getting demolished or remodeled and some smart homeowners are donating their materials to salvage shops in the area. I purchased my wood paneling from Second Change in Baltimore which is a HUGE warehouse of salvaged goods – everything from hardwood flooring, claw foot bathtubs, Sub Zero refrigerators (!!!), used furniture, antique appliances, windows, entire kitchens, fireplace mantles, geez, too many cool things to list!
My sign started off looking like this – cue your favorite 1970s song track!
But its not the front side of the paneling that I painted on, its the BACK side. Nice and smooth, and full of knots and character. I cut the paneling into a two equal sized sections and screwed them together using another piece of wood left in my shop from a previous project.
Here is the wood stained and ready to paint:
I painted it a couple of coats of Miss Mustardseed’s Milk Paint in grainsack. Grainsack is a great color – it has hints of yellow and grey in it. I forced chipping of the milk paint using 2 methods: 1. applying furniture wax along the edges, and 2. my Frog Tape method that I recently posted about.
The ad I used for the sign is from the Graphics Fairy’s website. I modified the ad slightly and used an older, more simple style of bicycle. I transferred the image to the wood using a projector, pencil and a lot of patience. I then painted the ad using acrylic craft paint, sanded it down to distress it more, applied a clear coat of furniture wax then a dark coat of wax to add to the aged look.
Here it is!
I love the chipping of the milk paint.
I also love how the distressing highlighted the wood grain and knots in the paneling.
I am very thankful to those who donated their paneling! It gives me a lot of material to create with.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
This piece is on consignment at Stifel and Capra, Falls Church, VA
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