March 30, 2010

Antique Metal Sign DIY

I saw this laundry sign in a popular store for way too much money so I made my own. I happened to find a piece of sheet metal exactly the size I needed in my Dad’s shop, we think it was an old electrical panel cover. You could easily make your own by cutting a piece of sheet metal.

Step 1 
Spray paint the base coat whatever color you want (Rust O’leum Aqua) let dry. Make your stencil using a program such as photoshop. If you don’t have photoshop or want to save time you can download my PDF’s. My stencil is in three pieces in order to fit on regular printer paper, after you cut out the writing then tape all three sheets of paper together.

Step 2
After the paint is completely dry spray the back of the stencil with spray adhesive, let it dry a few seconds, apply your stencil. This is the tricky part, getting it on straight and even. As you can tell mine is a little crooked, I didn’t mind because I wanted it to look a little more rustic anyways. Whenever I mess up on something I always say, “That’s just how I wanted it.” 

Make sure your entire base coat is covered up by either the paper stencil or with blue painter’s tape, except where you want your topcoat to be. (Rust O’leum Antique White) Spray with a thick coating of topcoat, let dry. Peel off stencil.

Step 3

Step 4
Use sand paper and sand around edges and across the writing to make it look older. Spread a thin layer of glaze or dark stain over the top and wipe off until the desired affect is achieved. I did this several times using very thin layers until it looked aged.

Download the PDF's here:
Stencil Part 3

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  1. Total CUTEness!!!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  2. Love this. We just painted our laundry room and I wanted to put a sign in there. This would be great. Thanks so much for providing PDF's of the wording. I will post when I do this.

  3. Very sweet. A great tutorial and thanks for including your artwork.
    Visiting from The Thrifty Home. Hope you have a chance to check out my cabinet re-do and let me know what you think.

  4. My laundry room is in need of some decorating. Thanks so much for your tutorial and the pdf!

  5. that looks awesome! great work. here's my problem - i hate cutting out stencils. hate. oh well.

  6. Isn't Dads shop a wonderful place to shop!! I shopped mine too for some of my angel parts last weekend. The sign is wonderful!

  7. came out great! I love the piece of metal you used with the raised border. Adds character!

  8. such a cute sign, thanks for the stencils!

  9. Love this! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I've got prizes :)

  10. Very Cute! I love the stuff you have been doing for your laundry room!

  11. Impressive! Such a great job. :)

  12. Very cute. I love the color AND the project! Thanks for sharing.

  13. So cute! I love it! I'll definitely be using this at some point.

  14. Love it! I'm working on the laundry room, so this definitely inspiring - thanks!

  15. Wow! You've really got a talent for vintage decor! Thanks for visiting my blog today. The cake is really easy. If you end up making it, I'd love to see pics.

  16. That is totally awesome.

  17. this turned out adorable!! I'm your newest follower!

  18. Soo cute! Love how that turned out. I just had to stop by, because every link party I put my "anthro-inspired" post on, you were a couple links above mine. lol. Guess great minds think alike!


  19. Very cute! Love the color. Stopping by from Get Your Craft On. Hope you can check out my stuff as well. Have a great day!!

  20. That is really neat! I love this! I also love the color you used.

  21. My laundry room definitely could use one of these! I am officially on the lookout for an old metal panel now!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

  22. It turned out super cute! I love the color--good score in dad's shop. Thanks for sharing!

  23. About two weeks ago I was going to cut that piece of metal into strips to use to anchor a water heater. I found something else to use when I realized it was so thick. I'm glad you found a better use for it.
    Love you, Dad

  24. I've been looking for a sign for my laundry room. Guess I'll just make one. Thanks for the templates!!

  25. These are great! I have a bunch of vintage-looking signs in my kitchen. It never occurred to me to make them myself. Thanks for sharing


  26. These are great! I have a bunch of vintage-looking signs in my kitchen. It never occurred to me to make them myself. Thanks for sharing


  27. Love your tutorial style! Thx for sharing :).

  28. Just what I've been thinking about for my laundry room- thanks for the PDFs!

  29. darling!!! That would look great in my laundry room!

  30. Great job! Very creative!

    Partying with you tonight.

  31. You did a good job on your sign and your tutorial-
    it looks authentic to me!

  32. Love it! I'd like to invite you to come plant your creative seed at Plant a Punkin Seed Party and Punkin Seed Productions! It's usually on Fridays but its up all week because I'm doing a give away.... come sign up!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  33. this is a terrific project. Love the metal door that you started with . I would never have thought of that. Thanks for sharing all the steps.

  34. That looks great!!! So if I send you my laundry, it will only be 15 cents :)

  35. How clever -- don't you love making something expensive for nothing!

  36. This is FANTASTIC!!!! I love it!

    Great job!!!

    Hugs, Lana

  37. Love it, love it, love it! Great job!

  38. This is SO stinking cute!! I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing at the Spring has Spring Party at Fun to Craft.

  39. This turned out so cute!! Thanks for linking up to this week's Super Crafty Saturday!

  40. What a great sign! And thanks for showing us all how to do one for ourselves.
    Sincerely ~ Trish


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