Don't these signs make you smile? Dawn handpainted them as a surprise for me and they are for my shop. Sweet!
Some surprises are not so great (like finding a big spider on the ceiling above you just as you are starting to fall asleep). But other surprises just make you smile from ear to ear! You know, the kind of smile that makes your cheeks hurt.
These signs have "Sue" written all over them. Coffee, chocolate and laughter are three of my favourite things. Once I have the renovations done in my shop, I am going to have a little coffee station and these signs are going to be perfect for that space.
Insert funny story … Dawn keeps a red book in the shop and she writes down information like the colours or techniques she uses on projects. I use the red book for reference when I am writing up a blog post because my brain is sometimes overloaded and I can't always recall what she has told me (or perhaps I am just getting old).
So, as I am about to type this blog post, I text Dawn: "Just writing up a blog post on your gorgeous signs but won't post it until tomorrow. I'm too tired to proof it tonight properly. Sure glad you wrote good notes!"
Dawn responds: "lol … you're welcome."
I run downstairs to get the little red book. I flip through the pages only to discover there are no notes! Surprise! But hey, there could be worses surprises - like finding that same spider but this time it is dangling on a web halfway down from the ceiling about two feet from your face! That would be a super creepy surprise.
I text Dawn back: "Looking at red book now and there are no notes. hahahahaha."
Then I recall that I told Dawn not to bother writing it down because I would remember exactly what colours she used. Wishful thinking.
Her answer was: "oh, just apron strings, sanded, hemp oil, dark waxed, lettered with lamp white and ♡ in silver tint "
Simple enough. If you understand that, you can just scroll down and enjoy the pictures or I have included a little more detail if you are new to painting.
Take some old, beat up boards with nail holes and maybe even a few cracks in them and use TSP to wash them if they are real dirty.
Depending on the look you are going for, slap on a coat or two of milk paint. Don't worry about a perfect paint job - old and imperfect is the look Dawn was going for! She used Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in apron strings.
Use 220 grit sandpaper and sand the boards until they are smooth. If you want to sand off lots of paint, an orbital sander works great.
Dawn then put on a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's hemp oil. The hemp oil really made the wood that was showing through the paint pop. Hemp oil is awesome on raw wood!
Once the hemp oil was dry, Dawn used Miss Mustard Seed's antiquing wax to create an even more aged look.
Dawn used Fusion mineral paint in lamp white for the lettering. You can handpaint the lettering or use a stencil.
My shop has tester sizes of Fusion paint that are inexpensive and are perfect for little projects like lettering.
Paint on a few hearts, stars, spiders or whatever your heart desires. Dawn used Fusion tint in silver for these hearts.
To add a bit more character to the signs, Dawn gave the hearts a light sanding to slightly distress them. I love how the apron strings milk paint shows through!
This cute little sign was already painted green when Dawn found it. She used Fusion mineral paint in fort york red for the lettering. Quick and simple!
Just one more sign to share because I love it so much! It comes complete with rusty old nails, a little bit of moss and a whole lot of character.
Dawn is working on some great fall signs now and I will share them with you as soon as they are done!