Friday Friend Feature: Cafe Sign

I’m interrupting my Friday Quilt Show for a Friday Friend Feature!  I was having a difficult time finding anyone who would share their projects and last week a “new” Facebook friend made a post and said, “it was raining outside, so it was a good day to paint a sign!”

I immediately sent her a private message on Facebook and asked if she would be willing to take photos of the process, so I could feature her on my website, and she graciously agreed!  So, I am happy to introduce to you Bridgette.

Bridgette works in Law Enforcement, she has been a police officer for 12 years…and tells me she is an antique/ primitive junkie. She has been making crafts for probably 20 years, but painting for the last 5 years. It’s all about trash to treasure for her…..she likes taking old things and refurbishing them.  :)

You might be wondering how I found her on Facebook? A mutual friend of ours made a comment on her Facebook page about a door she converted into a bench and I was able to see her post and that’s how I found her. We lived in the same city when my hubby was Pastor of First United Methodist Church, but we never met personally.  I sent her a “friend request” and she accepted.  I follow her on Pinterest, (she finds some really awesome pins), especially Primitives which I have been pinning too!

Today, I am sharing a sign that she made for her friend–just to make her friend feel better because her youngest son has left for the Airforce.  I just think that is such a sweet gesture and I’m sure it brought a little joy to someone who is missing her son.

Let’s get started on her project!!!

Bridgette said she had a bunch of tongue and groove panel boards in her garage,
so s
he had her husband cut and assemble them into a 28″x28″ square. 

Her husband used some left over wood pieces to create a frame
and attached the panel boards to the frame with a nail gun.

(This is the back of the sign)

 Then she used Chestnut brown acrylic paint diluted with water to stain the boards. 
She wanted to be able to see the wood grain through the paint.

She used chalk to draw the coffee cup. (what a great tip!!!)
She said chalk is very forgiving when it comes to acrylic paints.  

The she painted in the coffee cup.

Don’t you just ♥ the “heart” !!

Then she used chalk to draw the letters. Like she said….chalk is VERY forgiving :)
Then she painted the letters.

She also used a tooth brush dipped in black paint, which she then “flicked”
with her thumbnail onto the piece, very gently. 
This gives the piece a very light speckled effect.

When all the paint was dry, she lightly sanded the entire piece.
She wanted it to have a worn effect.

After sanding, wipe the entire piece with a slightly damp sponge to remove all residue.

After all residue is removed, she sprayed it with a Matte Finish.
Outside of course, this stuff has a very strong odor.

The piece is finished.
Hang it up and enjoy!

I want to thank Bridgette again for sharing her project with us today!
I think I’m ready for a cup of coffee, how about you?

Bridgette is so talented here are a few more photos of some of her projects!

If you don’t have tongue and grove boards, I’m sure as long as you have a square piece of board you can use
her instructions to create your own sign.  I’m definitely going to give her chalk tip a try on my next project.

Enjoy your weekend my friends!!!

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