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