Shabby Chic Family Name Sign
Yes, I have been at it again.. I just can’t seem to stay away
from that Habitat For Humanity Restore! And every time I go I
come home with a few more cabinet doors! This one came in handy as
my brother surprised the family by getting married a couple of weeks ago!
So of course, I wanted to make them one of my family signs.
The signs that I have made previously look like this –
I love the fresh look of black and white.
If you read my blog very often you will know that about me!
But for this one, I wanted to try something a little different.
It all started with a little can of paint…
I ordered this paint a few weeks ago after reading
Miss Mustard Seeds post about it.
This is not chalkboard paint. I believe the name comes from the
soft matte finish it leaves.
One of the things that drew me to this was hearing that you
don’t have to sand or strip or prime your piece before painting it.
Shut the front door!
That sounds perfect to me!
It is very spendy, and this is the first time I have ever had to order paint
and have it mailed to me. But I am not regretting the purchase at all!
The center picture is after the 1st coat of paint. In retrospect I think I should have
thinned the paint a little bit, it says you may need to do that. The last picture is
after the 2nd and final coat. After it had dried I came and looked at it and found this:
I still don’t know if it is supposed to crackle or not. The back of the can said you should
not need more than one coat, and Miss Mustard Seeds project have a slightly
transparent look. So I may have done something wrong, but I decided to run with it!
Typical crafter huh! Just pretend you meant to do that!
I took a little bit of coffee brown craft paint, mixed it with some water, and applied
it with a foam paint pad as a glaze. This was the first time I have ever tried that, so I
was really winging it! You can see in the picture above I have applied the glaze, then I
took a soft cloth and dabbed it off. I let it sit in the creases for a little longer, as that is
what I thought natural aging would look like. At the top of the picture is a
piece of fiberboard trim I bought at Home Depot to use on this piece.
I glued the piece on with some E6000.
Then painted it with the Chalk Paint.
Then I used the glaze over the top of it.
Here it is – chippy, scrappy, stained….
I felt reborn! I can purposefully mess something up – and call it a style!
What is not to love there!!
At this point I began to make the lettering in my Sillhouette-
Then I put the words on the sign.
I am not sure why the color difference in these pics – just ignore please!
And yes, strange name.. It is my maiden name and it is French Canadian –
After putting the name on, I took a piece of sandpaper to all the edges of
the door for a bit more shabby – ing up. Then I had my husband put some hooks on it.
And I was in love!
So what do you think?
Here is where I bought the paint if you are interested – the color I got was Old White
I can’t wait to give it to my brother and new sister-in-law!
And then I am going to have to make one for my own house!
I have a couple of furniture projects that I originally bought the
chalk paint for – I will be sharing those with you soon!
Just wanted to note that I recieved a couple of comments about the missing ‘dot’
on the first i in the name Brisbois – I thought I would address it in the post for
anyone else who is wondering. This is from Judy:
OK, that is just gorgeous. I’m also curious, though, as to why the first “i” doesn’t have a dot.
Some possibilities that entered my mind:
It’s Canadian-ish. We Americans just don’t understand anything.
It’s a mistake, and you were so blown away by the awesomeness of the project you didn’t notice.
It’s a mistake, but you’re going to come up with a crafty excuse right along the lines of “I meant for the paint to crack.”
And here is my reply:
I am oh so tempted to come up with an inventive excuse for deliberately leaving off that dot.
“Its the French Canadian spelling of our name” or, “Our family does that just to remember
great great great great Aunt Dot who is no longer with us…”
But the truth is, I was blown away by the awesomeness of the project and didn’t notice……
Thanks for coming by –
I will be linking this post up to a few parties – go check them out!