When we showed you our Fall Home Tour a couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that we whipped up a quick little Harvest Sign for the dining room.
The funny thing about this new sign (that I love!) is that it was made out of sheer desperation.
We previously had this Bakery sign in its place on the hutch.
But when I was fluffing with all the fall decor, the bakery sign was WAY too white. I needed something with some depth. (Here's where I should insert a photo with the fall decorations and the bakery sign to show you the hutch in all it's pale glory. You'll have to use your imagination though because I didn't remember to snap a photo. In the words of Homer Simpson, “D'oh!”)
What I needed was a new sign.
What I didn't have was a lot of time.
So I did what any self-respecting desperate DIY blogger would do…I flipped the Bakery sign over, removed the hanger and made a new sign on the Bakery sign's backside!
The backside was unfinished raw wood, so it was easy to work with. Normally when making a sign I would stain it first to darken the wood, but like I said I had zero time for that. So I “cheated”…
- Wood (1″x6″x18″)
- black permanent marker (Sharpie)
- Natural Wax (I used Van Gogh Natural Beeswax)
- Dark Wax (I used Van Gogh French Caffeine Beeswax)
- clean lint free rag
- saw-tooth hanger
1. Hand script the word Harvest onto your raw wood using a pencil. I'm really sorry it's not a font to be copied. That would be easier. But not as pretty. I find this fake calligraphy tutorial by Jones Designs to be amazing and refer to it whenever I need a refresher. It's pretty easy too.
2. Go over your pencil script with the black marker (Sharpie). Fatten up your down-strokes to mimic the look of calligraphy. Let dry.
3. Using a wax brush (or other stiff bristled brush), work some natural wax into the entire surface of the sign.
4. Using the same brush, work in some dark wax to give the sign some depth and character.
5. Buff the waxed surface with a clean rag.
6. Place a saw-tooth hanger on the back and hang.
And there you have it. You could even use the back of another sign you already have. Ahem.
Do you have any signs you could makeover? Have you hand-scripted anything with fake calligraphy?