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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Making A New Antique



A New Antique.
Well, that is an oxymoron, if I've ever heard one.
I saw this old milk sign on Ebay, 
and decided that if I wanted it,
 I could make it myself. 

This piece of wood was left over from a table
 that Steve made for his Green Egg Smoker.

See His table here:
http://woodworkinandgoodeats.blogspot.com/2012/05/big-green-egg-table.html

I drew the shape out on paper.
Traced around it, onto the plywood,
and then cut it out using the band saw.

 
Next I painted a few sections with burnt umber paint.
Then I applied crackle paint over that
and painted the whole bottle white.  
 
While my paint was drying . . .
I went to the computer and created my lettering.
I printed it out on card stock, to give it some strength.

Next I used a razor knife to cut out my letters
and create my stencil.

Then I taped the stencil to the bottle
and painted my letters. 




This is what it looked like after painting.
Pretty cool, right?
The problem is  . . . it looks new.

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I wanted an antique.




So I sanded it and beat it with the side of my hammer.
This is a great job for when you are upset and frustrated.
To bad that . . . I was in a good mood,
this could have been more fun!



I'm almost there . . .
Next I went over it with stain,
that really helped to age it.

 Well, there it is . . .
My new antique sign.
The one on Ebay was 143.00.
Mine was from the scrap pile.
(I don't know what I'll do if Steve's scrap pile ever runs out)

I think that it turned out great,
and that it looks like it has been 
hanging around for many years.
What do you think?

I'm planning on hanging it in my kitchen.

Have a great day . . .
please leave a comment, so I know you were here,

Connie :) 
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64 comments:

  1. this is gorgeous! great look! yes !old and shabby... fabulous!

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    1. Thank you, It is so nice of you to stop in and visit. I'll be visiting your site in just one second. Have a wonderful weekend, Connie :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I am happy that you like it. Connie :)

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  3. Love it - you should make some more and sell them :)

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    1. Do you really think they would sell?

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  4. You said you could do it, and you did! It looks old and lovable.
    You really did a great job.

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    1. Hi Nancy, thank you . . . I sure didn't have 143.00 to spend on a sign, but I really liked it. It is great to have the tools and the scraps hanging around. Thanks for stopping by. I love your visits, Connie :)

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  5. Awesome job! It looks terriffic!

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  6. Oh my gosh--you did such an amazing job with that left over wood. You saved yourself $143.00! I love this so much :-D Thanks for sharing the process with us.

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    1. You are very welcome, I hope I inspired you. Goes to show that you don't need $143.00 in your pocket, LOL.

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  7. What an awesome work you've done :)! That sign looks absolutely fantastic. I would want one hanging in my new kitchen. Maybe I'll find the time to make one. But first: Rydaholms day this Saturday, it'll be great! Wish you could join in, but it's on the other side of the atlantic ocean... I'll show pics on my blog next week! Have a wonderful day :)

    Maria

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    1. Hi Maria, have a very fun weekend, and enjoy your holiday. I'll be looking forward to your photos. Connie :)

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  8. You've done a magnificent job here. Your sign is worth even more than the one on eBay. It should look great in your kitchen. Your weathering techniques are not only effective but it looks like it was fun doing them.

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    1. hello Melanie, it was fun . . . I just love being in the middle of a project. Now that this one is done, I'll be thinking towards some new one, LOL. always busy . . . Connie :)

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  9. This is an incredible work of art! You never cease to amaze me with your projects...

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    1. Thank you, Linda . . . you're a sweetie!

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  10. another great project - i love it!

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  11. What a fab job! It looks really great. You are very creative.
    June

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    1. Thanks so much. Now, I need to come up with a couple more projects for my wall, so that I can complete my kitchen project. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  12. Wow woman!!! You make the neatest things! I love it!

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    1. Hi Kelly, you are so sweet to say that. I'm glad that you like it. Connie :)

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  13. Love, love, love! Beautiful job, Connie!

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    1. Hi Brandi, I am very happy that you like my old sign. It was a fun project. Connie :)

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  14. Oh Connie that is totally amazing. You are just so clever. I could be tempted to try this for my kitchen, I have just the right spot for a smaller version. xx

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    1. I am so happy if I inspired you. I've always admired old rustic signs, but they are hard to find and expensive when you do. The answer for me was, make a copy. Have fun! Connie :)

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  15. It looks great , Connie. Now you can go into production!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, but I think for the time being, I'll just make this one. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  16. It looks great- love the hammering and beating up part-that really made it look oldish!

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    1. Hi Terri, and thanks . . . that was the most fun part of the whole project, LOL. Connie :)

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  17. Absolutely amazing! great thinking and great savings! nicely done!

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    1. Hi Daniela, thank you . . . I always feel good when I can make it myself and keep a little money in my pocket, LOL. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  18. Talk about talent. I wish I lived next door. Oh the fun we could have. I love this milk bottle, your doll and the chair is amazing. WOW!!!!!

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    1. Gee Whiz! Thanks so much. You have made my day! Connie :)

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    2. Oh wow Connie! Your milk bottle sign is fabulous!!! I love the stencil you made and all the details that went into aging it. It's going to look 'SO COOL' in your kitchen.


      Dee

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    3. Hi Dee, and thank you for your sweet compliment. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished office, :)

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  19. Connie, you and your hubby are so talented and creative!! I can only imagine what you guys can come up next with these types of signs! It could be ENDLESS! Beautiful artistic work and style! I am now going over to your market~~~Blessings to you, my dear blogger friend! From one sweetie to another~~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, I am very happy that you like my sign. Now I need to get busy and make a couple more things for the wall that I'm doing in my kitchen. It is so much fun to change things up a bit. :)

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  20. Awesome! I love the burnt umber and crackle paint and sanding it down made it look old. I'll have to keep that in mind. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hello Denise, I'm always happy if I can share something new. Have fun with this idea . . . now that you have a new place to decorate, I'm sure that you are looking for ideas. I love it when you visit, :)

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  21. Well done, Connie - resourceful as ever! Think the crackle just makes it.

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  22. Oh Wowzers! Connie, I think you did a fantastic job!, even if you
    were in a good mood when 'distressing it'... lol!

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    1. Hi Katmom, I might have distressed it too much, if I had been in a bad mood, LOL. Connie :)

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  23. OH I like that! What a cool thing to do. Thanks for sharing how you did that. Looks awesome!

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  24. o MY IT LOOKS GREAT, I JUST LOVE IT YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB...HAVE A GREAT WEEK, WITH LOVE JANICE

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    1. Gee Whiz . . . Thank You!!! I always get excited when I get a good review from a pro like you!
      Have a great a day, Connie :)

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  26. this is so awesome, connie! tfs:)

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  27. Oh my goodness...I love this! popped back over for a browse around. Your email was so sweet. I too get excited every time someone decides to follow my blog. It's fun to make new friends!

    I really love how your milk bottle turned out. It really does look antique :) That's a great tip to put the stain underneath and crackle in between. Thanks for a great tutorial. I'm pinning it for future reference. Have a great week Connie!

    Deborah

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    1. Hi Deborah, thank you so much for the lovely comment. I am delighted that you pinned me for future reference, that is a very nice compliment :)
      Have a wonderful weekend.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  28. Whoops! I just read your copyright. I won't pin without your permission :)

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    1. Thank you for asking :) My answer is yes :)

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  29. Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I really have enjoyed looking at yours. Love the white arm chair and this milk bottle sign is just to die for! Great job. Terry

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    1. Hi Terry, and thank you for all the lovely and kindhearted words. You have made my day.
      Connie :)

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