Old Window Sign

     Old Window + Lettering = Old Window Sign

     Today I just couldn't get going. I didn't feel like working on what I was 'supposed to be' working on (getting the art studio reno finished). I just felt like making something! If I just got the dang art studio finished I would have a much more enjoyable time making stuff in a new beautiful work space, but instead this tutorial comes to you from the dining room floor. :) I decided to make a sign for the house, a Weathered Barn Farm sign, out of an old window.

      So start with an old window! You could also use a picture frame with or with out the backing piece. Where do you get an old window? Well antique malls and shows are usually a great place! If you can score some direct from a farmer that's the best! Then you have a little back story to go with your piece, which I just adore.


      I don't have a vinyl machine thingy, which basically prints out vinyl shapes and you can use them for all kinds of projects (one day, I dream for now!) But I do have an endless supply of paint around here. I designed this on Photoshop, but you could use any type of word document program. When you print it out, make sure it is MIRROR imaged! I literally had to think about this 20 times before I printed it out. When you hold it up to a mirror, you can read it in the mirror! I would recommend using very simply letters with straight edges for this project - but hey, all the power to you and any calligraphy font you want! This font is Trebuchet MS Bold and the little flowery symbol is a DINGBAT. Say that out loud. It's the best.

       Make sure your window pane is nice and clean. You should see these things fresh off the farm, they are pretty grungy. Tape the phrase on the front side, the side that will be showing outward in the end. Flip it over. You are going to be painting on the back side, the side that would will be up against the wall.

     Then I painted on the glass, tracing the letters from the paper that is taped on the other side. I used latex interior wall paint, Behr Mint Parfait for the lettering, and Granite Boulder for the lines, and I slopped on 2 coats. Be aware that using latex paint on glass is in no way permanent but this also means if you ever want to change it up, it will be very easy. This does NOT have to be perfect. Not even close. Look at mine, kind of the worst. I am a stickler for fonts, and like lettering to be evenly spaced, have a uniform look etc. but this will work out, trust me!

Flip it over and MAGIC!

      The beauty with this process is after it dries, you can scrap off bits of paint along the edges of the letters to make everything look much more "I'm trying to be a perfect vinyl cut-out". And even better than that, you beat it up a little, distress it, and hide the unevenness even more. After I cleaned up the letter edges with a exact knife blade, I lightly sanded the letters with fine grit sandpaper. Watch out or you will scratch the glass. And then I used a pen and a few other things around me to rough it up even more. Too distressed? Don't worry! You can repaint it and do it again!

I also took a little bit of that same mint paint and added it here and there to the window frame for a little more colour.

Tip: If you know where you are going to hang this, pick a font colour that will stand out nicely against the wall colour! This sign sadly isn't staying against this wall, painted with Behr Caribbean Current but it looks good for now!

Well here's to making stuff for your home and not making stuff happen that maybe you should!
Eh. Tomorrow, the art studio will still be there tomorrow ...
- A.F.

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