So I set about designing my own CAFE sign.
After scrounging around our leftover wood pile, I found some tongue-and-groove panelling from our old doghouse in the perfect length. Plus, it was already weathered (score!)
After slotting the two pieces together, I nailed three pieces of thin wood trim to the back to hold everything together.
A quick rub down with a cloth and it was ready for its new life as my sign.
I wanted to keep a simple font like the one in the picture above, so I printed the word CAFE in 500 point Verdana, and found an arrow image that I also liked. Then I played around with spacing until I was happy.
Although I loved the look of the sign above, I didn't want my sign to be too dark, so I went about creating the reverse effect by having a light background and letting the natural wood show through in the lettering. How did I do this?
I totally covered the area that would contain my word and arrow with blue painter's tape, overlapping the strips slightly and then I secured my letters and arrow on top.
Then very carefully I cut out each letter with my craft knife, and peeled away the excess tape leaving a mask of my letters behind.
Then came the fun part! I grabbed some leftover white fence paint, a big wide brush and a cloth. I started by brushing on a fine coat of paint in a criss-cross manner and then lightly rubbed it with the cloth to give it a more muted and covered effect.
By the end of the first application it was still a bit too brownish-looking, so I did another coat of criss-crossing and rubbing until I'd built up enough layers to leave a nice contrast with the natural wood, yet not be too white.
After it was fully dry, I grabbed the mask of my letters and lifted.
I couldn't help myself grinning like a complete fool. It was the exact look I had in mind!
And best of all - it cost me nothing. That's right, $0. And it was so easy to do.
I can't wait to hang it up in my new kitchen!
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