Happy hump day! Welcome to Part 2 of my ‘mini-series’ on quick spray painting projects. Can you hear the cheesy soap opera theme music?!
Yesterday I posted about the hanging candelabra that started out as a thrift store table top candelabra which I painted and hung from the ceiling…and so today, the spray paint fun continues with my easy breezy shabby kitchen sign.
This sign took one and half hours to make and a whole hour of that was dry time!
I’d been rearranging this old shabby chic style shelf I have up in my kitchen (actually it’s a kitchen/dining room combo) on and off throughout the afternoon; pulling stuff off of different areas in the house until it was perfect (I do this a lot. A LOT!)
After setting up plates, small bowls, and candleholders, I still couldn’t figure out what was ‘missing’. Then it hit me! It needed something made out of wood and it must be dark and have a rustic feel. Nothing in the whole house fit the bill.
So I went out the garage to look through my reclaimed wood stash and found this beauty:
A simple remnant piece of wood that was almost a perfect cut, yet fell beautifully short, making it a great candidate for this shabby-rustic project.
After I smoothed it out lightly with my sanding block, it was ready for some paint.
Naturally I took out a left over can of black spray paint (Rustoleum Black-Satin finish) and sprayed in short bursts; top to bottom and side to side until it looked like this:
See how imperfect it was? The wood is so raw and natural that it soaked up the paint in some parts more than others. I was falling in love with it more and more as this process continued!
I let it sit outside for about an hour-which was more than enough time to allow it to dry thoroughly.
Then brought in the house to add the littlest word, that has the biggest impact:
Appropriate, wouldn’t you agree?
As I do quite a bit, I used vinyl letters to create the wording on this sign. Only problem was that I had run out of “E’s” and found myself having to improvise.
Funny how one wee letter can change the word ‘eat’ to the word ‘fat’. Hmmm, food for thought–pardon the pun!
I used my favorite brand of painting pen, Elmer’s (no endorsement here, I just love it!), to trace the outside of the vinyl letters (which are just stickers really), then peeled them off right away, and filled in the rest with the pen. Simple! And yes the brand you use is important. I tried a cheaper paint pen once and although a major brand, it was no good at all!
Here is what I ended up with after filling in the lettering. Loving the variation in the wood! This was not enough to make me happy though. I found some green acrylic paint in my supply closet from the Easter Wreath project that I made a few weeks ago…
..and with my finger I just slapped it on to the sides of the sign, and made sure it bled a little on to the front. After about 5 minutes it was dry and I went over the whole thing with the sanding block to make it look worn and faded, and to blend the green paint in-so that it looks like it perhaps was once all green? I don’t know, but it looks older than the hour it took to make, so it works for me!
I had every item needed to make this project in my supply closet, saving time and money, however if you need to go out and buy them, here is some pricing:
Couldn’t have been any easier, and affordable!
There ya’ have it! Two easy spray paint projects that you can whip up on a weekend afternoon!