Do you have any old cabinet doors hanging around? It’s very easy to turn them into signs.
I removed the hinges from an old stained cabinet door, then painted it black. It was a good opportunity to use a can of old paint that needed emptying. Then I painted the door (and handle) with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.
I sanded it a little to rough it around the edges and in a couple of places that would get ware over time – like under the handle. This is the look before waxing.
When placing lettering, consider where the words will be located in relation to the handle. Normally, I would place the handle towards the bottom of the sign, but this time it would get in the way of the Lake. So, the handle went at the top.
Lay out your larger lettering first, then place the smaller ones around it. When you’ve got everything situated, you can trace around letters or mark them in some way so you know where to place the stencils while painting.
I began by painting the red letters first. Then, I decided a navy color would look nice. All I had was cobalt blue, so I mixed it with black. Perfect.
I used three different fonts – just to change things up a bit.
Totally an experiment. Always.
I didn’t like the way the t looked in one of the fonts. Can you tell that’s a t at the end of Best? It looks like the number seven!
I flipped the stencil over and used the upper left part of the t and made a right side to finish it off.
After applying clear wax, and then dark wax, the sign looks proper for an aged and weathered lake sign.
What do you think? Do you prefer the clear wax look or the dark wax?
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