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Monday, May 3, 2010

UGLY platter to rustic bakery sign

Here is the sign I painted for our kitchen; it hangs above the counter where the hubs bakes all our bread. Heaven is his home made bread sliced thin and toasted crisp with sweet butter! Yum! Add my sister's home made scrumptious concord grape jelly and you are in taste bud nirvana.

Ahem. Okay, this sign did not always look like this. It started out as a plastic turkey platter, a huge orange and yellow monster measuring 21" wide x 15" high. Ugly. The only time it looked good was when it was piled high with turkey, trust me on this. But we only used it once or twice a year and our kitchen NEEDED a dash of style, or wit, or something. For right there on that wall...

I could say I spared you the sight of the crazy orange and yellow and brown platter in its former glory but actually, I wasn't blogging back in February and didn't even think to take a pic. But right here is the start, a fresh coat of gloss black spray paint. Hmmmm, not working with the vibe I had for a rustic bakery sign.....

Oooh, better. I went to my tried-and-true-I-like-it-so-there rustification process of crumpled torn tissue paper mod podged to the rim. Which I didn't take a picture of. Man. But here it is with a coat of flat black acrylic paint. Okay, I'm heading in the right direction....

More torn tissue paper decoupage goodness and a wash of white paint to bring out the texture. This is looking rustic and old and downright decrepit! Alrighty then, now we're getting there.....

I used craft paint for the lettering and dry brushed for a worn, aged feel around the letters. Then I used red for little wingdings and doohickeys on the letters, just as you'd find on old hand painted signs. I wanted this to look like a sign you'd find in a small village or town and not a slick commercial sign. I also added a rough edged border in red to make the white pop.

And here it is with pride of place in the kitchen. I love the oval shape and the rim that looks like a frame and the rough texture and the black and red and white! So now, you guessed it, I am on the lookout for more big plastic turkey platters, ugly or not, for rustic, shabby chic signs in the bathrooms and even my craft room.

I'll be posting to lots of blog parties this week, starting with Metamorphosis Monday. All the tabs are on my sidebar, see you there!

Blog parties this week...
Just Something I Whipped Up on Girl Creative
Monday at Making the World Cuter
Transform Tuesday at The Pumpkin Patch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Living
Toot Your Horn Tuesday at Silly Little Sparrow
Talk About it Tuesday at Blogger Chix Designs
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Tip Me Tuesday on Tip Junkie
Woo Hoo! Wednesday at Always Nesting
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Look at Me at Fun to Craft
100 Ideas under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence
Penny Pinching Party at Thrifty Home
Show & Tell at Blue Cricket


  1. Very nice! I love your tissue paper technique. It looks very rustic! You wingding additions really set it off!

  2. Super cute! Love the technique you used for the texture. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! Hope to see you again Sunday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  3. Very cute! I never thought to use tissue paper. I will definitely have to give it a try!

    I'd love for you to check out my blog for a CSN give away! Have a wonderful day! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

  4. Very cute. Love it! Be blessed. cindy

  5. very cute, love it when I can upcycle something old and ugly into something usable...
    ...found this on NTT...

  6. I love it! The tissue paper really does bring the whole thing up a notch. Good job.

  7. Such a CUTE idea...looks great! Happy NTT!


  8. Adorable recreation! Thanks for linking to Woo Hoo! Wednesday and joining the fun.

  9. Have you seen the platters at the Dollar Tree? They are silver, but spray paintable...and they come in three different shapes. You may be able to use something like that...love this project! ~Robyn

  10. Hey...it's me again...sorry...LOL..but I found this link to show you the platters at the DT...you can buy online in bulk or go to your local DT and purchase as many as you need...hope you find it helpful! ~Robyn


  11. The sign looks great, I'll bet your hubby really loves it!

  12. How cute! You did a great job on the lettering.

  13. That's so cool! And who knew that ModPodge and tissue paper could do that! Fabulous idea. I'm totally stealing your idea one day. :)

    And I totally agree with the previous commenter, you did a fab job on lettering. That takes talent!

  14. My daughter did the crackle thing. I bet she could have used your tutorial though. Find flea markets in your area. Or just come to Texas to visit.


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