I’ve been wanting to make some sort of signage for our kitchen for a while now. I kinda had my eye out for a piece of wood to do it on but I hadn’t been having much luck. I was thinking about using an old cutting board for this project. But this is JUST my luck. I haven’t seen a good-sized one in a couple of months. Now, If I weren’t looking for one, I’d be tripping over them in the Goodwill!
Anybody else feel my pain?
I did find this, though!
I guess it’s some sort of wooden tray. Like a TV tray, but without the legs.
The price was right.
I rummaged around in my paint and finally decided on a gray, Amy Howard Selznick gray to be exact. There was just about a quarter of an inch left in the tub and it was really thick and almost starting to dry up so I added a little hot tap water and tried to stir it. That seemed to work pretty good so I added a tiny bit more and then put the tub of paint in the microwave for just a couple of seconds, thinking it would be faster.
If you are EVER thinking about doing this, let me just say. . . .
Big Daddy had a conniption fit! It smelled sooo bad! So, lesson learned. Chalk paint stinks bad when microwaved.
It took two good coats and I let it dry overnight. I knew exactly what I wanted to put on the little tray, particularly because it was going in our kitchen. I’ve had a HUGE white turkey platter hanging over the sink, on the backsplash for years. And I love it. But I was ready for a change. I printed the words out in outline form in a font I chose at about 300 pt. and used carbon paper to trace them on to the tray.
The hardest part of this entire project is centering the words. Once I had all the lettering done I just went over it with a big Sharpie and did a little shading.
Then I walked away for a couple of hours to let that ink cure. I was planning on sanding the new off those letters and I was a bit concerned the ink would run or something.
Lastly I layed the dark wax to it pretty heavy.
I’m really happy with how this little sign turned out! I’m not sure what took me so long to try to make one. Except that whole, I had to have an old cutting board thing. This little tray worked perfectly!
Big Daddy thinks it’s pretty cool.
It took me a really long time to get comfortable with dark wax. It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.
Hope you have a lovely Fall weekend! The low here on Sunday morning is forecasted to be in the 40’s.
I can’t wait!
PS: please don’t forget to vote for me in the Asheville Habitat for Humanity Reuse Restore contest! I’m #24!!
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