I'm Janel and I blog over at Hating Martha. Now, before you get your panties in a bunch about me hating anybody... go read my about me page. You'll get it. My blog is full of crafts, DIY, sometimes cooking, sometimes just nonsense. It's always a good time, always believable, and always bordering ridiculous. Come over some time and plop your self down for a good read!
I have a love for old Industrial signs, letters, and such.
I really do. They make me sigh.
But they are terribly expensive and out of my budget.
So when I saw this baby I had an aha moment.The lightbulb glowed bright inside my little ol' brain.
A giant chipboard H. Yep, the things dreams are made of.
First thing was to paint all the edges and corners with silver metallic paint.
This was so that when I buffed some paint off the metallic would show through
and give the illusion of sheet metal.
Next was to cover the whole letter with Valspar glossy orange paint.I needed several coats. But, it dried fast.
To give the look of sheet metal screws I used chrome upholstery tacks.
I just put them in on the edges.
Then I took some black paint and rubbed it all over the letter, rubbing it off right
away. Make sure to get it into those tacks.
A light sanding on the edges for that metallic paint to show through.
I also put a bit of metallic paint on my finger and buffed it randomly in some places.
There you have it...
an Industrial Metal Sign.
From a chipboard letter.
Thanks Janel for the great tutorial and for stopping over at the Ranch. Your tutorial is understandable enough that I even think I can follow along. I do plan to make one or two of these letters, so you can look for them in my future.
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