Make a big impact this Fall with a GIANT Distressed Sign!
It may be 97 degrees here in good old Indiana today, but I just can’t take it anymore! Ever since I planted some pretty yellow mums in a galvanized bucket by my front door I’ve been wanting to dress my breezeway up for Fall! You may remember the original makeover my patio got a month or so ago and how much of a difference a little paint and fabric made! I kept the patio furniture and area rug neutral colors so it would be easy to change up the decor for each new season. To make the transition to Autumn, all I need to do is switch out the pillow covers and add a few Fall accessories!
I’ve been a little obsessed with making distressed signs lately (have you check out this one and this one from my kitchen makeover?), so of course I wanted to make one for my patio too! I spotted this extra big sign from Priscilla’s on Pinterest one day and knew something like this would fit perfectly next to my front door!
I did a really great detailed post a few months back about how to create distressed signs, so I’m just going to give you the basic run down of how I created this new sign for my patio. If you want to see all my tips and tricks for creating perfect distressed signs, you can check that post out here!
I first picked up a 6 foot 1 x 12 from the hardware store.
I wanted to create a gorgeous distressed finish on the sign with creamy white paint on top and dark wood stain underneath. I’ve used this Minwax Dark Walnut stain on quite a few projects, and I just love the color! So I first applied a layer of dark walnut to each side of the board using a foam brush. I’m NOT a big fan of cleaning stain out of brushes, so I usually stock up on inexpensive foam brushes and just pitch them when I’m done!
After letting the stain set for about 15-20 minutes, I wiped away any stain that hadn’t soaked into the wood yet. Then I gave the side I wanted as the front of my sign a light sanding to prep it for paint. Paint won’t want to stick very well to the stain if you don’t sand first!
After sanding the board, I wiped away all the dust to get it ready for paint. I wanted to leave the letters on my sign the dark wood, so I applied vinyl letters I created using my Silhouette CAMEO. Using a cutting machine like the Silhouette is such an easy way to create custom lettering like this! I use mine ALL the time! (Psst! There’s a big Silhouette sale going on through 9/13! You’re welcome!)
I just stuck the letters on my board and painted over them in my favorite white paint, Heirloom Lace. I applied two coats and removed the vinyl letters as soon as I finished my second coat. It’s better to take them off when your paint is still wet, versus letting the paint dry around the vinyl! Once the paint was all dry (which didn’t take long in this crazy heat), I took my palm sander to the sign! I sanded over the entire board, focusing especially on the corners and edges. I sanded and sanded until I was happy with the amount of “distress” I created on the board. And my hand was numb. And the sun went down. It was a rough day. (Get it?? Rough… sanding… OH Liz, you need sleep!) All that gorgeous walnut stain peeks through behind the white and makes the sign look like it has been around for ages! I just cannot get enough of making these lovely signs!
I plopped my extra tall Fall sign in it’s new home by my front door along with some yellow mums and white pumpkins. I LOVE the impact this large sign makes, and it creates such a fun focal point when you walk into my breezeway! It definitely feels more warm and cozy in there now!
Now I just need some new pillow covers for my chairs and a few more Fall accessories, and my patio will be officially ready for Fall!
So what do you think about my new Fall sign? Where would you put a tall sign like this in your home? What colors would you use? I’d love to hear what you think!
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