Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Vintage" Train Signage

I needed to make a gift for my FIL and my Hubby's uncle. They both are really into trains. I had already framed a neat vintage train photo for each of them, but wanted to do something else. I got the idea to make a sign, this is the end result. I absolutely love how they turned out!

I started with a wooden slat, from IKEA to be exact. I had bought a slatted bed base that we didn't end up needing, so I cut it up and used one of the wooden slats as my base. Totally free wood, precut and sanded. Score!

I took black wrapping paper and Mod Podged it to the wood. After it dried, I took sand paper and distressed it really well.

I had a stencil for the letters. I took white and grey acrylic paint, mixed it and dry brushed it on. I wanted it to be spotty and faded looking and it turned out just the way I thought it would.

The railroad logos I found on the internet and printed them off on cardstock. I picked ones that would be meaningful to the recipients, there are so many to choose from that it's easy to do. I Mod Podged them to the sign, and then distressed them with a pencil eraser and went over them lightly with black ink from a stamp pad to "age" them.

The whole thing was then coated with some matte acrylic spray varnish and I was done. If I could do anything differently, I would have covered the sides with paper and distressed as well.

My hubby actually said, "Wow honey" when I showed him my finished product. That was a first for me, so I'm hoping that the recipients will like them too!

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  1. You deserved the "Wow Honey!!" You did a great job with these - tremendous attention to detail - and beautiful work. I love how personal they are.

  2. my sons room is done in vintage transporation! I might just steal this idea and make one for planes trains & automobiles then group them together! thanks for the inspiration! I'll send ya pics when its complete!

  3. I am your newest follower. My DD is into trains also. This is a perfect gift for him!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Incredible! You did a beautiful job with all of the Mod Podge, paint and distressing techniques to create a truly original art piece!


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