Saturday, May 14, 2011

Farm Style Vintage Grocery Signs

I saw a real vintage Butter & Sugar sign in the May Country Sampler and just fell in love with it. Of course it wasn't for sale and those are kind of rare and pricey if you actually happen to find one. Well I'm poor and impatient .... so ... we make due!

Midge and I got up early this morning and decided to make our little vintage market signs. She always checks my supplies and makes sure I have everything that I need.... Thanks Midge!

Let's see:
Craft paint (black and cream)
Sponge brushes
Wood stain
Painter's tape
Sharpie black permanent pen
Various tools for distressing.... Hammer, Sand Paper, and Steel,

Paint your wood piece first and let it dry.
Enjoy your coffee...

Arrange your lettering and stencil ...
Some tips for you regarding the stenciling.
Load your sponge then wipe it till it is almost dry. I know that sound wasteful but you will get a much cleaner line. In a swirling motion, start lightly from the edges in.
Use these tips and you should be able to obtain a nice clean letter.

I wanted a boarder on the MILK sign, so I taped it off and they used a metal ruler to just draw a
straight line. I know... it's totally cheating... but it's a short cut that works.

I forgot to take pictures of the next step... But all you do is just rough up the paint with sand paper. I hit it with a hammer and then rubbed it good with steel wool. After that... I just wiped a coat of wood stain over the whole thing and then quickly wiped it off. Let it dry until it isn't sticky anymore.

I then just glued a ribbon to the back.....

And there you have it.

Vintage Grocery Signs


Sherri B. said...

Cats can be quite helpful at times. My Frederick helps me with the grocery list..he wouldn't want me to forget the half and half!

Love how the signs turned out.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Ok...can we have a craft day and help me make one of those. I have a perfect stop above my sink for something! They turned out so good!!

Unknown said...

love your signs -thanks for the lesson. want to try it!


Barbara Jean said...


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Sarah said...

Super! Did you also make the cow piece? Looks great together. ~ Sarah

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What is with those cats, mine are always in my business, but just try to call them when you want them and you get the cold shoulder. Your signs are fabulous, I have never been very successful with signs, but will have to give them a a try again


Susan said...

Cute signs. Great job! Susan

Melissa said...

butter and sugar - yum - make it brown sugar and add cinnamon and put it on toast...yum! :)

April D said...

Those look really sweet! I love your kitty helper, and the "enjoy your coffee" step is VITALLY important! :)
These would look so good in my kitchen, but to make them would actually require cleaning off a surface first. . . .
delayed gratification!

Susan said...

Monday night....Thanks for your visit and comment to my blog. Loved having you stop by! Susan

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said... me. I cannot find your email address. I thought I saved it. Lencar@cox....thanks

Ginger said...

Sooooo cute!!!! Love the signs and especially the MILK one.

Emreen said...

Wow! Love the vintage signs... !! Cool...!!

Unknown said...

Wonderful, great job!

Eye-catching retail signs are a factor of purchasing decisions of customers. It creates an impression about the company and its products.