Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Something from Nothing - Signs Everywhere

I have a thing for signs.  I especially love old signs.  So, I merge my adoration of old wood boards with a wonderful worn patina and my need to create.  It started when I first got married and found an old WWII ammunition box.  I took off the top and created my very first sign that still sits above my
cupboard in my kitchen.
Strong Coffee Served Here
The font is awful and I love it still. I like to use historical sites and often obsess about using French when I can't speak a word. I try not to change the original patina of the boards if I find them.  Something about the chipped layers give the boards this life, warmth and make it irresistable. So here are some examples of my current obsession.   Many others are throughout my blog so peek if you like.  I so enjoy making custom works for my clients.  My husband is my main source for word smithing.  He came up with one of my favorites,
"Fox in the Hen House Tavern".  Clever man.

The Good Bakery
18  Chamberry, France  43
This is a large board about 5 feet long with a wonderful green over silver paint.

Original red paint

This was an old drawer front with original painted flower so now a Flower Boutique.

An old door...fabulous light blue chippy paint (picture does not do it justice) And French...

The Fox Tavern sign, Whaler Inn, Mad Hatter Pub and Wheat Sheaf Publick House to show a few...
You do not have to be an expert painter. 
Old board+ imperfect lettering+additional distressing  =  Fabulous Fun
Don't stand still for long, I may paint YOU! 


  1. Something from nothing continues to feed the creative spirit. Once you get started, you can't stop, but it is all good. Love your signs...they look they have withstood time.
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  2. I love your signs!! So unique and beautiful!


  3. I'm so glad you gave up the suit! Isn't this MUCH more fun???? Smiles...


  4. I love signs. My husband is getting a little tired of them all over the house. Oh well....

  5. The fonts are gorgeous & the patina - ahhhhhhhhhh, so lovely!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. These are beautiful!!! Great job.


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