March 09, 2010

"Be" Sign

Today's craft is a "Be" sign with a vintage look.  I wanted some inspirational art for our family room and I love vintage signs, so I wanted it to look old and worn.



1) I started with a cheap piece of plywood.  I choose one with a big crack in it so it would have a little more character. 

2) I brushed on my turquoise paint, but I watered it down so the wood grain would show through. 


3) I printed off the text I wanted in different fonts so I could have a guide.  I painted each phrase in a different color and in a different font.  I ran some of the words off the edge of the sign.


4) After all the words were done, I roughed it all up with some sandpaper and gave it a coat of this (but I watered it down big time.)  You could use any brown paint and just water it down.


5) I dry-brushed a little black paint on the edges and called it done.  Here's a few final shots.




And now you can see how it incorporates the same colors from the pillow I made last week and the rug colors, too.


I did the letters free hand and if you do the same, don't be overly-concerned about making them perfect.  I think the hand-painted look is charming.  Good luck!  Let me know if you try it!

Thank you SO much for stopping by.  Tomorrow I have a fun edition to the playroom.  Stay tuned!

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83 comments:

  1. First time to your blog, I love it! And I love this sign, I was wondering which fonts you used?

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  2. It is a great piece of work. Looks so good with your pillow and rug. It is amazing how you come up with all these ideas that can re-create a room.

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  3. I love that! You are so talented!

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  4. I really love this. I can't believe you free handed the letters. Very impressive. I've been wanting to do a "Be" sign for my home, but I haven't liked any of the vinyl lettering projects they were doing at church. Im going to have to give this a try.

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  5. I love your take on the Bes. I have seen so many...but yours I actually want to sneak in your house and take! Great job!

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  6. I love this! And you free handed it?! Impressive!

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  7. It came out gorgeous!!!

    Yoli :)

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  8. Beautiful! I love the background color of the sign and the aged look. :-)

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  9. LOVE it! It turned out great! I just might have to come and steal this one!

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  10. Having just painted some pics myself, this project is impressive! I love it! So cool!

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  11. Nice work on the sign. You have a gift for free hand. Yours is a work of art.

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  12. I love this! I've wanted to display the "be's" in my house too, and I love the vintage look. great inspiration--thanks!!

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  13. This is sooooo pretty!
    You did a great job! Thanks for showing us how you did it.

    Sylvia

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  14. Newbie here to your blog...this is gorgeous! I love the turquoise. Great job!

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  15. What a great use for all the scrap lumber in my garage.:)

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  16. Wow that turned out so pretty! I love it.

    -Crystal

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  17. This is really beautiful!

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  18. That is simply fantastic!!! Love it!

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  19. So very cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Oh this is beautiful! Could you please just make mine! :) I know mine won't look as beautiful as yours! But I really want to try - thank you so much for sharing the how to's

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  23. Very well done. I like the way you did this step by step tutorial. Love the wording.
    Have a wonderful day!
    darlene

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  24. Coming over from the Shabby Nest, and now a new follower! I think this came out beautifully! Nicely done!

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  25. That is a terrific idea. I want to make one for my daughter's room. I will let you know when I try it.

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  26. Love this and the blue pillow on your sofa!

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  27. Holy moly... LOVE that sign. Great job... I am so impressed with the free hand work!

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  28. This is super cute!! I need to make something like this, so thanks for the idea!! I found you through Crystal's Craft spot.

    You should come by on Monday and link your projects (because they are super cute!)

    Kaysi
    www.craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com

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  29. I'm a first time visitor to your blog and I love what you did with the "B's" sign, Pottery Barn meets Enrichment night. I have been through a couple "B" signs and they just don't seem to go with my decor. I'm going to try my hand at this one.
    Court @ frog2fab.blogspot.com

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  30. I love it! Totally my style!

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  32. Wow! you did those letters by hand!?

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  34. Love Love Love the sign!

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  35. I've seen those written somewhere before!!!! Gotta love the guy that said them:)

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  36. This is fabulous! I love the colors you used as well as the finish! Great job ...simply stunning!

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  38. It's so pretty. Great job!

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  39. Love it! Definitely going to feature it in my Readers Rock post this coming weekend!! :)

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  40. This is gorgeous! I clicked over to your mailbox post from Tip Me Tuesday and I'm loving all your great ideas!!

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  41. freehanded lettering! you're too good!!

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  42. Love the "worn" look of the "Be's"! It's amazing how inspired Pres. Hinkley was!

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  43. Love your sign! What a beautiful addition. Becki

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  44. Very cute! You have some "mad" painting print skills... great job! Thank you for sharing at the POPP.

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  45. LoVe LoVe LoVe this and the colors!! Great JoB!! I featured it on my blog:

    www.thecreativecrate.blogspot.com

    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  46. This is absolutely charming, and I can't believe your talent... you hand-painted those letters on?! Wow!! Good work and thanks for sharing!

    Alison
    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

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  47. This is soooo super cute!!! I love it!

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  48. Stopped by your blog via Creative Crate...love the "be" sign. Darling.

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  49. What a creative new way for a "Be" sign. Way to go!!

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  50. This is truly FABULOUS. Really. I am completely in love. I am going to host it on my blog I love it so much. (giving the credit right back to you) Really. Amazing. And you free hand those letters? I hope I can do one in about a week that is similar. I am sure my letters will notlook as good. But, I will try. Just love love love it!
    www.creationcorner.blogspot.com

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  51. This is awesome. Way to go. You are very talented.

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  52. this is so great! i can NOT believe you freehanded it?? i love, love the colors! i am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com. thanks so much for sharing!!

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  53. really amazing and i love how it pulls in the pillow colors. gorgeous!

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  54. You had me thinking I would try this until I heard it was free handed! :) Love it. Maybe if I tried it with golden gel medium to transfer the printouts onto the wood. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  55. The cutest sign
    I have seen in FOREVER...you should sell them....Doing a little Sunday morning blog hopping...Its snowing here.
    I have 2 GREAT GIVEAWAYS that I will draw for tonight ...
    stop by and leave a comment...That's all that's needed.
    Teresa
    http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

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  56. I love this sign! I've been looking for a good way to do this for my home and love this idea. Great job!

    www.sjscrafts.blogspot.com

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  57. umm you wanna make me one and I'll buy it? So dang cute!!!!
    april@sweetrubyblankets.com

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  58. I love your Be's!!! Mostly because it isn't the regular ol' Super Sat. project that everyone has...very unique!
    Thanks for sharing...have a fantastic day!
    Jenn @ www.redberrybarn.blogspot.com

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  59. FANTASTIC! I love it! Makes me feel inspired. Off to poke around your blog!!! :)

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  60. this is amazing! Love it!! Following you now! Please feel free to check out my blog at

    www.phillipsfam22.blogspot.com

    Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Erin

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  61. wow! This is amazing! I just found your blog and love it!

    ~Ashley at simplydesigning.blogspot.com
    simplydesigning.etsy.com

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  62. really wonderful!!!

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  63. Crazy cute and also crazy you can hand paint those letters so well. Love it!

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  64. So CUTE! I'd love to feature it on my blog! fantastic!
    Amy
    emiliebean.blogspot.com

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  65. oh i love pres Hinckley's quote! i had it framed when i was in high school! love this project!!!!!!

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  66. Cheri, I adore this sign! I think everyone else does too 'cause I think I saw it featured like 3 times! Such a totally awesome idea. Also, do we both have a love for Rod Works, perhaps?? I'm thinking I have that same bicycle in my playroom. . .

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  67. I absolutely love this sign. Can you please make me one.. no seriously..I will totally pay you. I write like a left handed monkey without thumbs, I could never get mine this gorgeous!

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  68. I love this! I too was wondering which fonts you used?

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  69. OHh how delightful!

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  70. I have seen so many "Be" signs out there but never loved them as much as this one. You did a wonderful job! I will be featuring this on my blog on Monday.

    Endlesscrafting.blogspot.com

    Come by and grab your featured button!

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  71. This is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing.

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  72. love this, decided to paint one myself :) also, just out of curiosity, what fonts did you use? There's a couple there I'd like to use for future projects

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  73. I'm sorry, but I don't have a list of all the fonts I used, but every single one of them was from picnik.com and they were all the free fonts. You can find them there.

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  74. Wow! I was searching for tips on how to paint words on canvas & I found your AMAZING "be" sign. I love to do stuff like this, but am pretty sure my free-hand won't be as impressive. You've inspired me to try though. Could you please tell me what type of paint brushes you use for lettering?

    thanks!

    christie

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  75. Hey Christie,

    I use a brush that's pretty fine, about a half inch wide, and it's angled. I hope that helps! Good luck!

    Cheri

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  76. Wow I cant believe you did the word free-hand. Its absolutely beautiful!

    ps. stopping by from the creative crate

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  77. this is so gorgeous, I am so stealing it! Love your blog, you are amazingly creative! thanks for sharing all your beautiful stuff!

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  78. Wait. You FREEhanded those letters?? Uh...oh. Feeling the intimidation...I guess I can always just give it a shot...I really really love this Be sign though. It is fantastic.

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  79. You are so talented on so many levels! I'm totally smitten with your blog. I am always inspired when I stop by!

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  80. This is great! I can't believe you painted all those letters by hand! I totally would need a stencil!

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  81. Love this sign! You inspired this idea for my girls room http://thewridefamily.blogspot.com/2011/07/young-women-values-sign.html
    (I'll try to upload it to the flicker group soon) Love your blog!

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  82. free hand? wow.... what if i can't free hand?? any other ways of transferring it? thank you!

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  83. Aw! I recognize these "Be" quotes! My favorite—Gordon B. Hinckley!

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