I think I have gotten more emails about this tutorial (or lack thereof) than anything else lately.
I originally did this project when I was getting ready for The Nate Show but when I was putting it together I was on such a time constraint and my camera was dead that I didn’t have time to wait for the battery to charge.
I knew immediately that I wanted to do this project for the Epic Makeover because there was such a small skinny wall between the 2 doors.
First what you need is wood. You can use new or old, whatever you prefer.
On mine I used newer wood that was already stained; on Jessica’s I used old pallet wood.
Secure your boards together with brace pieces.
I used a nail gun because I had one handy but you can use regular nails if you want.
Once your pieces are secure bust out you vinyl. I used this roman numeral converter to figure out what the numbers were for 2006.
I used Madonna my Silhouette and the Artistamp Medium font that I love so much.
If you are doing this on reclaimed wood the vinyl wont really stick so just do the best that you can.
I watered down the first layer of all of these colors and randomly brushed it on. The reason is because I wanted it to look old and sometimes full strength paint looks too new. It’s a fun little trick, try it sometime!
The color I used for the first layer is Americana’s Kelly Green, super bright and exactly the shade I was going for. The reason I did it first is because I wanted it to be seen but not be the MAIN color of the piece.
Then I did the same for the second color which was Americana’s White.
and for the third Americana’s Lamp Black.
Then peel of your vinyl
Once I got it hung in Jessica’s room it seemed too dark so I took more white and did not water it down this time.
I dry brushed it on and it lightened the sign up a ton and gave more contrast between the natural wood color and the paints
For mine I used the same technique but painted it heavier with Americana’s White and Bright Yellow.
I like different things about both of them. Which one is your fave and why?