When first deciding what type of signs to make we looked at a lot of different inspiration. Flags, flowers, antiques, etc. We wanted to create unique signs for people to decorate their homes. I love all things Sunflowers and Owls so that is naturally what I started with. I struck gold when one of the neighbors was replacing their wood fence. I took a bunch of it and started painting.
The important part of starting this process was not being afraid to fail. I knew that it might not be perfect but I had to try. Using a hammer, crow bar, drill and a lot of patience, I pulled apart the individual pickets because I wanted them close together and not spaced apart. Once I had them all apart, I took any additional nails and screws out. I cut some boards to screw into the back of the pickets to hold them all together close to each-other. I screwed from the front, through the picket and into the board on the back. This held them all together.
Once I had all the pickets laid out together that I wanted (usually four) then I started painting. I did a sunflower welcome sign and an American flag. They turned out pretty good so I kept going. I made a "Thin Blue Line" flag in honor of our police officers and an Owl welcome sign.
Depending on what type of sign I'm making I will use latex paint, chalk paint, milk paint, dark wax, and clear spray paint. On our arrow signs I like to use chalk paint or milk paint because I like the distressed look and the colors are more vintage.
I was also able to get some reclaimed barn wood which is my favorite!! I love the old look and re-inspiring new life into something that would otherwise be garbage or firewood. I stuffed a my "mom car" full of as much barn wood scrap as I could get in there. We've used it for signs and other outdoor decor.
Below are a few examples of our signs. We would love to make a beautiful sign for your home. Contact us for more info! firstname.lastname@example.org