I’ve got a thing for signs. I have to work hard to keep it in check. How many signs are too many?
I’m not sure about a general rule of thumb, but I’m trying to limit myself to no more than two signs per room. That seems reasonable, right?
And what exactly counts as a sign?
Anything with words on it? Do I have to count chalkboard signs too then?
These sorts of rules are fairly fluid in my house, and I figure I can always find a spot for just one more sign.
So a while back I purchased this Merry and Bright sign at the Goodwill. The yellow door behind it in the photo was a garage sale find. I’m still working on the door, but today we’re talking about the sign.
The sign wasn’t bad ‘as is’, my sister thought I would just keep it and put it up for the holidays. But I wanted to turn it into something else.
I started by painting the entire thing in Fusion’s Coal Black. I chose Fusion paint for this step because I wanted a paint that would adhere well, you’ll understand why in a minute.
I let the Fusion paint cure for about a week just to make sure it was a little bit cured.
Next I used my Cricut machine to cut the wording for my sign out of white vinyl. I placed the letters on my sign using a chalk line to keep them straight.
Next I painted over the whole shebang with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in French Enamel.
Interesting to note that the milk paint did not adhere to the vinyl at all. It did adhere to the Fusion paint though. This blue is my undercoat of color, so I vacuumed off the chipping paint and then added a little wax all around the outer frame of the sign. I then added three coats of Homestead House milk paint in Limestone (vacuuming off the paint that chipped off the vinyl between every coat).
Once dry, I peeled off my vinyl letters revealing the black Fusion paint underneath. Then I sanded the entire sign to distress it up.
I got some nice chipping (thanks to the wax) that revealed the base layer of blue paint.
For now I’ve hung the sign over my Belgian bench.
I don’t plan for this to be its permanent home, but I’ll leave it there and enjoy it for bit.