I've been slowly working on our outdoor kitchen area. Getting it prettied up for summer BBQ season. Here's the latest addition - a distressed sign.
How I Did It
The Background for the Sign
I found a left over timber plank in the garage and cut it to size. My plank was 9cm wide and I cut it to a length of 70cm. I painted the sign with a coat of burnt umber (I use Jo Sonjas). I didn't bother to undercoat it first.
Then I mixed some white paint (Dulux aqua-enamel in Whisper White) with some water to thin it down a little. I brushed it on quickly and carelessly. I used a clean rag to gently wipe some of the paint off (while it was still wet) so the brown layer underneath would be visible through the white paint.
To allow more of the brown paint to come through I used sandpaper to remove some of the white layer from all over the sign, but particularly the edges and corners.
The Wording for the Sign
My husband and I talked about what the sign should say, as it was going to hang over the bar fridge in our outdoor kitchen. His suggestion was 'Drink More Pi*s'.... we settled on Maison des Vins, which means House of Wines. On our honeymoon, we went to the most amazing restaurant called Maison des Vins in Les Arcs, Provence. If you are ever in Provence, go there (website here).
I printed the words onto an inkjet water-slide decal paper. The font is Copperplate Gothic Light, font size 180. Once the ink has dried, spray the words with a couple of coats of clear acrylic sealer in a matte finish.
The Finished Sign
I hung the sign above our outdoor kitchen sink.
I bought this clock recently from Pillow Talk. It has a great rusty brown frame.
and I'm still loving the vintage style medicine bottles I made (see here)
So this side of the outdoor kitchen is taking shape.
Need to fill up that fridge before the Christmas party season don't I?