Sunday, September 23, 2012

Vintage Market Sign


What is it about signs?  I just love making them.  This particular sign I made for my new shop space.  My space is on the second floor and has a half wall overlooking the main floor.  The wall isn't quite high enough for most furniture pieces and I was nervous to place things on the ledge.   My sister suggested I make some sort of shelf to set on the ledge with a sign on the back.  I thought that was a brilliant idea and this sign is what I came up with.  


I built a crate out of scrap wood and attached it to the back.    To secure it I screwed through the crate into the ledge.  Now if I don't have furniture in front of it I can display smalls inside the crate and on the ledge without worrying about them falling over.  (I am the biggest worry wort in the world by the way)

My inspiration came from a sign I saw in the Ballard Design Catalog.  I just love the interesting shape.  For my sign I started with a sheet of plywood and cut the design out with a jig saw.  I used scraps of molding for the top.  To get an old weathered look I treated it with the vinegar & steel wool solution I talked about here.  For the words I just used Microsoft Word I don't have any fancy programs.  To make them big I used the poster printing feature.  For more on that and the transfer technique I used go here



Here's what It looks like in my space looking up from the main floor.




& the back.  I have it pretty well blocked right now but hopefully this gives you and idea. 

I'm liking it in the space hopefully it will make people want to come upstairs and check things out.
  



 

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20 comments:

  1. So pretty! I love this sign. Make me a sign! I'm hopeless at them...

    Cheers!

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  2. That is lovely, and a great idea. It would make me want to come up and take a look. You are in a beautiful space, loving that green on the half wall, and the ceiling tile, swoon!

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  3. Great sign! I'm needing to get on it and make a laundry room one. I've been meaning to for months! We'll see if I get around to it before the holidays are over! lol
    --Katie

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  4. Your beautiful sign will definitely draw your customers upstairs!

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  5. Signs are always fun but I think you've hit the jackpot with this one. I love the shape and it's such a great idea for you shop space.

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  6. I've got a fetish for "old" signs and you did a beautiful job creating this one for your booth space!

    I'll be featuring you next week and have a new, "I Was Featured" button waiting there for you! Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday!

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  7. Wow, love your sign! I'm visiting via Knick of Time and am your newest follower :)
    Susan

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  8. What a great way to use that space. Thanks for sharing your wonderful sign!
    Blessings,
    Carrie

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  9. I love it!!! I've never heard of the vinegar technique, will have to give that a go. :D

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  10. Perfect...and extra creative adding the crate to the back :) Laurel

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  11. I love it. What a wonderful sign. You have inspired me to make a large sign for my studio space that I can put in the window. Thanks so much. And thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

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  12. I'm so glad that I'm following you Mimi! I love how the front turned out and I think the back is SO clever. What a great project. Well done!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  13. Absolutely LOVE it! I want one just like it!

    Thanks for sharing on the All Star Block Party!

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  14. Love this sign! I just found your blog through hometalk and I love it. You have a new follower. Thanks, Shelly from shellybailey.blogspot.com

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  15. You've been featured at cowgirl up!! Grab a featured button if you like.

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  16. I love your sign so much I'm going to feature it tomorrow as one of my picks for the All Star Block Party features.

    Holly
    Full Circle Creations

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  17. Love it! Very clever re-creation---with a few improvements!

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  18. How beautiful! I'm opening an antique shop in Northern California soon and could use some beautiful signage like this!

    New here, from the Cowgirl Up link party! I hope you'll consider joining my on-line home blogger's directory, www.theblogsisters.com!

    Cheers!,
    Barbara

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  19. very cool sign mimi! Doesn't it make you smile each time you go there? You do such awesome work!

    gail

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