How to Make a Painted Old Barn Shingle

How to Make a Painted Old Barn Shingle

I bought a large box of old cedar barn shingles, not having any idea what to do with them.  I decided to try my hand at some small signs.  They are very light and fun to put anywhere.

shingle How to Make a Painted Old Barn ShingleI started by scrubbing them with a mixture of vinegar and soap until all the dirt was off of them, then dried them in the sun.

Even though the original wood is gorgeous, I wanted to add some color.  I made some chalk paint with a pretty turquoise color.

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I brushed it on and while still wet, I pulled some back off with a wet cloth.  I had no certain way to do it, just scrubbed or wipe until I got the distressed look I liked.

I decided on the word THANKFUL because it is important to me.  You can hand draw it on, transfer using a reverse printed paper, stencil, or I used newspaper to rub the edges of the letter on.  You can search ways to transfer letters and images.

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I painted the letters with a watered down black acrylic paint.  After drying, I sanded away some of the paint to make it look older.  At this point, just have fun and go with what you think looks good.

I chose to wax the finish to even deepen the color and give it a little sheen, without being shiny.  Apply the wax and let it sit about 20 minutes.

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After the wax has been on about 20 minutes, I took a soft cloth and buffed it until it had the finish that I wanted. I love my little sign.  It can be placed anywhere!  I will probably attach jute or wire for it to hang, but for now I’m having fun moving it around the house.

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