Well I have to admit that I am totally stoked to have been chosen to participate in Michele’s Monthly Project Challenge over at http://www.shelstring.com. This months Challenge Material/Subject is doors.
Straight away I knew what I was going to do for this project, immediately I was thinking outside the box because my subject has been staring back at me almost every time I paint for over a year.
Being a lover of Roadside Rubbish I had picked up this very old Kitchen door it was straight out of a 50’s Kitchen and I have been wastefully using it as a painting board ever since. I knew eventually that it was going to be turned into our Family Name sign for the front patio to add to our curb appeal and I knew this challenge was the kick up the butt I needed to do it.
For you to complete a Similar Family Sign What you will need is:
Paint – I used a combination of chalk paint, spray paint and paint pens. Sealer– I used Bees Wax with Citrus Oil. An old Kitchen Door or Dresser Drawer. Strong Glue- I always use E6000. Good quality Masking Tape, Different Grades of Sandpaper, something that will allow your door to hang ( I use rope and a staple gun) Accents for decorating as I have with the 3 swallows and artificial flowers.
As I had been working with this door for so long I had decided to leave some of the muted colours and incorporate them in the final look. First I taped for a Boarder in Blue.
I then filled in the colour Blocked areas with purple and white chalk paint. Whilst that was drying I printed a mirror image of the Family Name in preparation for my sign.
I drew and filled in the name using a terrific invention called Pen Paints which I picked up on eBay for $30. After that I started distressing the white boarder areas in a criss/ cross pattern. I then proceeded to distress the rest of the door.
This is what the Door looks like with the distressing and now a coat of wax and as you can see I have outlined the Font also using Pen Paint.
And here is the finished Door Ready for Hanging (well Almost) if you are using E6000 for your glue always wait 5 days before hanging something heavy no matter how dry it feels you would be amazed how much the weather can alter the effectiveness. I have now learnt through experience to be extra patient.
Thank you for reading my post, don’t forget to pop over and look at everyone else’s Door Challenge Projects at http://www.shelstring.com.