It's been busy here as we wrap up the school year. We've been stagnated on projects. However, I did have time to make a super cute sign for our backyard. Recently, when reading a decorating magazine I saw a picture of a seed company sign on someone's mantle. Knowing I'd never have the luck to find a seed company sign AND have my last name on it I decided to make my own.
So, what does any self respecting, budget minded gal do when she needs wood for a project? She starts checking out her neighbors backyard foraging. I happened to spot a ten foot long piece of redwood on the side of my neighbors house. After I texted him pleading asking for it I went and dragged it home. Handy Mr. Rural cut two pieces, each 36", from it. I then used binding strips to put the two boards together.
first coat of paint
After treating the wood with a little vinegar to give it just a bit more age I cut some letters out of card stock. Then I traced the letters onto the sign and painted them in a kelley green color. I didn't want the sign to look new so I roughed up the letters a bit which brought out the wood below. Next up, a coat of stain and voila, an oldish looking seed company sign for our backyard.
closeup of texture
Sometimes it's fun to go out and find things but other times I just look around the house and hunt down materials. This is one of those projects. Found wood, leftover paint and stain. The garage can be a great place to scrounge!