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Antiqued Kitchen Sign With Hooks

Turn plywood, paint and vintage knobs into an antique-inspired sign that's a practical and eye-catching accessory for any kitchen.

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Print, Transfer and Paint Lettering

Use a computer to create text in a font and size appropriate for sign. For this sign, Algerian 400 point font was used. Print text, cut out letters and tape together. Center lettering, then place transfer paper under the text and tape down. Use a capped pen to trace letters. Remove letters, transfer paper and tape. Using equal parts black, gray and burnt umber acrylics, paint over the traced letters. Mixing these three colors will create a soft and warm black that is appropriate for an antique sign. A half-inch angular shader brush is ideal for the lettering and a liner brush will allow more control for fine lines. Allow ample dry time.

Distress and Antique

Sand the edges and surface of board to simulate wear and remove some paint. Wipe off dust with a damp paper towel or cloth. To further distress sign, antique it by brushing on dark walnut wood stain with a two-inch chip brush and rub off with a damp paper towel. Work quickly and in small sections to prevent stain from getting too heavy. Allow stain to dry.

Install Knobs

Thread knobs through pre-drilled holes and hang. Use to store reusable grocery bags, shopping totes or aprons.

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