Friday, May 20, 2011

Farm Fresh Sign



I have been wanting a vintage look sign in the kitchen/dining room for a while. I found an old piece of wood curbside, it is pretty rickety and very weathered, just right for this project.
Instead of doing a good coat of paint and then sanding I simply did a poor coat of paint. Leaving wood grain showing through, letting the coverage be uneven to give a worn paint look.



For stencils, instead of purchasing them I printed out in large font the letters on regular paper, once placed properly, I drew them on and then hand painted.







I added a couple of the wonderful do hickeys from a sale find a couple weeks ago.

 and placed it on the wall!  Simple enough











I also refinished the buffet, it was fine the way it was but I just wanted it to have more of an old farm feel. The kind of look that would have been in my Aunt Julia's kitchen in Hanks.
She had red hair, always wore a house dress and apron, and she was the first woman I saw that while cooking for a good sized crowd......
 stirred the big pot, tasted from the large stirring spoon and I mean slurped it....and put it right back in and kept a stirring!
I was amazed! I knew my grandma would have pitched a fit if she ever saw that!

  They lived in an old farmhouse with the steep narrow staircase, so steep I never dared climb it.
Al, her husband, always wore overalls. He walked with a cane and had a leg brace from polio as a child. I am pretty sure he never climbed those awful stairs either.
He would on occasion utter a phrase or two in Norwegian just to annoy me, at least that is how I saw it.
I would visit there, usually on Sundays with other family members,
I remember strolling in the big North Dakota hills picking wild crocus
 Seeing the farm animals 
               the fields of wheat in the Fall

                       the simplicity is a fond memory
I guess it's why I love the vintage look







update-
I have recently covered the chicken boarder with wood. Because it was adhered directly to other wall paper it wasn't easy to remove without damage, I continued the white board around the room.

see here



 





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24 comments:

Full Circle Creations said...

I like your sign. I like the do hickey's you added to it. I live in a farmhouse with the steep narrow steps and I do use it everyday! All the furniture has to go through the upstairs window as it can't go up the steps.

Holly

SANDI said...

I LOVE your Sign! You did an awesome job!

Tina's Primitive Attic said...

oh my gosh, love your sign... and your do hickey's... Thanks for sharing!! Tina

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The sign is fabulous. I love it. You really did a fantastic job. I also love the table, it is great. Hugs, Marty

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Cool! the sign turned out great. and what a difference the butcher block is now...certainly has the old farm house vibe!
great job!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great job you did on the table and sign! I think you really have that farmhouse look and I love it!

XO,
Janie

Mildred said...

That sign is perfect! I wish I could steal you and set you free to add some life to my home Shannon!

It's Just Me said...

Ohh Shannon, your sign is perfect. I LOVE your table too. SOOOO perfect : )
Cheers ~
Deanna

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

your shelve looks great! love how you put the auction do hickeys on it!

Heidi said...

Very good! Of course, I love signs and all things country! ~Heidi

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Love it! So happy to have found you via FNS! We lost our farmhouse last fall and I miss all my roosters (in storage)! So I'll just come visit once in a while and hang out, 'kay?

Ann said...

Very creative job on the sign, looks wonderful in the kitchen. And the makeover on the shelves is fabulous.

Katie Newcomb said...

Looks great! I love the blue and white together! The sign is fabulous too!

Okio B Designs said...

Love your sign! It came out great. I have one hanging above our back door but I had to snatch mine up from Home Goods a few years ago. Coming over from SNS - happy new follower!

Jeanine (formerly OneCheapBitch.blogspot)

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Oh, I do love the sign. Very cute and country. Love it. Thanks for sharing. karie

KK said...

Your sign turned out great. I really like it.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

That's really cute! I love how it came out.

Becca said...

Awesome sign ... and, love the "do hickeys" you added to it as well !! *Becca* (newest follower)

Shelia said...

What a great job you did on your sign and I really like the addition of those little cookie cutters. Your little table is just singing in it's new colors! You've done well.
be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Hi Shannon....

Loving how you mixed this sign up with different fonts for a unique appeal. The added embellishments are the icing on the cake.

Thanks for linking up to "Meet Me On Monday"...

Take care,
Lisa

Laura said...

You did a great job on both. I love them. REALLY love the sign.

((Hugs))
Laura

Charlene said...

ADORABLE SIGN! You did a great job! I'm afraid if I tried this the letters would be crooked or the paint would smear!

This is my first Show Off Your Cottage Monday & I hope to join in again soon! Charlene

abeachcottage said...

Great sign, you did a wonderful job. Love the table too!

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What a great job you did on that sign!

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