makes it clear as to whom the shop belongs.
Using pieces of the left over pickets from the plant deck Handy Randy built last summer, I created these signs for the side door of his shop.
I used the Paint and Peel method for this sign. I don’t have photos of the process but it is pretty simple.
Most often I use whatever paint I have on hand for making signs; it may be latex, craft paint, acrylic, chalk, indoor or outdoor. If I want to preserve it for a while, I will give it a couple coats of polyurethane. Since I have AADD, I don’t go for longevity in signs. They are easy to repaint or do-over when a whim hits.
First I sanded the wood; of course this wood doesn’t actually get smooth, but for this project that is okay.
I painted the base white and let it dry.
While it was drying I created the words in the Silhouette Portrait program and cut them from the ugly contact paper I picked up at a yard sale.
I placed the letters on the base board and painted over the letters with the same white paint (this kind of seals the edges to prevent the paint from bleeding.)
After the white paint is totally dry, I painted the Handy Randy sign gray and the shop sign red, not bothering to cover it completely as I wanted a rustic look.
With the help of tweezers, I pulled the contact paper letters from the wood, revealing the words.
After the paint dried, I attached heavy duty magnets to the back and hung them on the shop door.
And that is all there was to it.
Justa Girl and her Blog has very detailed instructions for the paint and peel method on her blog which is very helpful if you are not experienced in using the Silhouette. Note, she used vinyl where I used the cheap contact paper. Of course you can Google “paint and peel using a Silhouette."