We recently took down those ugly 80's Hollywood lights that wrapped around our kitchen above the cupboards...You know them - those nasty fluorescent lights. With a blank slate I decided I'd like something to hang over the bulkhead.
I had an interesting piece that sat atop an old dresser which I wasn't using. I loved the details and the scale was just right. So I went to work on it. Here is the after
This was how it started out....not bad right?
I first gave it a few coats of "Bon Voyage" (a really pretty blue)
I sanded inbetween, roughed it up and placed packing tape randomly along the entire piece and pulled it off while the paint was still tacky which gave a nice weathered, chippy, peeling effect.
I decided on "Cafe de Provence" for the lettering since I love anything French :)
I spaced it out on my computer and printed it out. I did the old trick of penciling out the back and tracing over the letters to transfer it to the wood. Finished it up by painting the letters with.....
A SHARPIE MARKER! The horror (lol). There is no way my steadiness, let alone my patience would have allowed me to use a fine brush.
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