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Giving a Sign a Vintage Look

May 10, 2016

pink signThis project is very versatile. It can be done on almost anything wood, ceramic, plastic, and metal. For this project I choose metal cut outs purchased at a craft store.

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Total Time: 2 hr. drying time

Supplies:

  • indoor/outdoor spray paint
  • craft paint
  • ribbon
  • sign of your choice (metal or wood)
  • sea sponge (works best for the vintage look)
  • scrap paper for sample stamping with sponge
  • box or paper to paint on, I used a shoe box
  • shepherd's hook, optional
How To Take A Sign And Make It Look Vintage
 
How To Take A Sign And Make It Look Vintage
 

Steps:

  1. First take your piece (either metal or wood) and spray paint. I choose to use light green on one and a soft pink on the other. They both were sprayed with indoor/outdoor paint.
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  3. Don't for get to paint the other side.
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  5. Using medium tan craft paint and a sea sponge, I dipped lightly with my sea sponge and tapped it on my scrap paper so it doesn't go on too heavily on my sign. Allow to dry. This technique comes out very subtle as you tap around the edges and your wording, not only giving it a 3-D effect, but the darker shadings appear to look old and some what rusty!
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    How To Take A Sign And Make It Look Vintage
     
  7. I used ribbon I had on hand to add a personal touch. It is also optional to hang your sign from a shepherd's hook. I love how they warm up the yard.
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