Friday, August 20, 2010

Cuisine Art

How much do you love the wall-art section of Hobby Lobby?  That delicious selection of "Kitchen" and "Laundry" and "Kiss Me" signs...I guess I have a thing for lettered signs because I love it there.  Until recently I had one of their metal "Kitchen" signs hanging above my pantry, but now that I am on a quest to bring more rustic charm to my kitchen, I decided to replace it with my own hand-painted sign.  So the HL sign is going to the consignment store and this guy took its place:

I started with two poplar planks from the woodworking section of Lowe's.  I had some fun banging on these with a hammer, saw, and screwdriver to roughen them up, then stained them with walnut wood stain.  I then layered on some black acrylic paint with a dry paintbrush, careful not to completely cover over the stained finish.  I just wanted it blackish-brown, almost a singed color.  Bonus: "singed" matches some of the dinners I make too!

The top one has black paint over walnut stain.  The bottom one doesn't--yet.

Then I spent about a week feeling neglectful of my little project while I tried to figure out what font to use.  I wanted it to be clean, readable letters that stand straight up and down.  This thing sat around forever, then I saw this post from Miss Mustard Seed, and wow, did she inspire me!  Her Fresh Berries sign is to die for.  I had already stained my boards AND knew I was using ivory paint, so when I saw this I couldn't believe it, and totally copied the font she used.  (FYI, it is Castellar).  I pieced together letters printed out from a Word document like so:

To transfer the letters I used this really convenient lettering technique I learned about recently from another great blogger, just can't remember who!  If you know, please comment and remind me, bad Mommy Blogger!  Anyway, I colored the backs of the letters with pencil (in this case white), then I turned the letters over onto the sign and carefully traced the edges with a regular mechanical pencil.  This transfers the white pencil from the back of the paper onto the wood:

Then it was just a simple task of painting (more or less) inside the lines.  When you look close you can find all kinds of imperfections.  I could have sanded them out but decided to leave them--actually, I kind of like them.
Michelle: 1
Crippling Perfectionism: 0
Go Me!

So here's my new sign hanging above my pantry:

If you are wondering how I attached the two boards and then hung them, I used an extremely high-tech method which requires expert knowledge.  Just kidding, I used duct tape and about 30 removable foam adhesive squares:

I love how this project turned out.  It is so much more personal (and I think cuter) than what I had before.  By the way, I decided on "Cuisine" because I am just so in love with everything French, and very excited about my trip to Belgium and month!

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  1. It looks awesome!! That is the exact font I used for the Berry sign. Your sign looks a million times better than anything you could buy at a craft store. Love it!

  2. This is so cool! You are amazing!!

  3. So cute. I am your newest follower. I can relate to your story because I recently gave up my business to focus full-time on my kids, especially our adopted son who has some special needs. Blogging has been a great way to connect with other moms and rekindle some creativity.


  4. This is a great idea and looks wonderful in your kitchen! Hopefully I can replicate this (the painted letters kinda scare me, though).

  5. It looks so good. And I love your high-tech duct tape job. Duct tape fixes everything! Found you at the Shabby Nest.

  6. I'm putting this on my project list. I love how you used duct tape, I never would of thought of that but I'm going to try it.

    This might be where you saw how to do the lettering.

  7. Thanks for the comments, y'all! Laceylady--thank you for the link to Just Something I Made...I must've seen the technique somewhere else but I am in *love* with her stuff over there. And thanks to those of you who have become followers too!

  8. Just curious, what size font did you use?

  9. Hi Laceylady--great question. I actually used WordArt and stretched the textbox until the letters measured about 5.5 inches. It helps if you change your orientation to landscape. I just now tried to replicate the size by just changing font size, I think it is in the range of 450, maybe a little bigger. Hope that helps! If you blog about your project let us know so we can see your great work:)

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  11. Amanda--thank you! I have added the button to my sidebar and will be sharing the news with others as well! Thanks!

  12. Cute, cute. Thanks for sharing.

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