4.10.11

Livestock and Farmer's Market Sign

We enjoy visiting Farmer's Markets and the livestock exchanges in both St. Jacobs and Keady, Ontario.  

I was looking for something to hang on this tall narrow wall at the cathedral end of our family room and kitchen and decided a hand painted sign would work. Simple and rustic, and reminding us of one of our favourite markets. I like how it looks with the white board and batten wall too.


I tried to make it look like an old and weathered local advertising sign, as if in it's previous life it was hanging on a building leading into Tara, Ontario. I'm happy with the results (even the crooked lettering~oops.)


The sign that inpired mine is in the great book Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O'Neill. I painted the leftover board a slate grey colour and printed my lettering off on the computer. I traced the letters with sharp pencils to make a slight indent in the wood, and then carefully filled it in. These smaller letters were a bit more challenging. A quick sanding to distress and then a wipe on/wipe off of Minwax Special Walnut stain (if I was to do it again I would use a lighter stain on the grey paint.)


The best part is that it was made with stuff I already had on hand (leftover scrap of wood, latex and craft paints, stain, and picture hanger.)


I think it adds a bit of the rustic farmhouse feel that we love.

Linking my $0 sign with...
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
WOW us Wednesday's at Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

22 comments:

  1. I love your new sign! It looks just great Elizabeth!

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  2. I LOVE the Keady market...one of my favs....love your sign.

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  3. Your sign is just lovely! I love the vintage look and feel of it!

    Jeanine

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  4. Very cute. I've never tried the tracing with a sharp pencil method before. I normally try to do it free hand and then mess it up and the whole project goes in the trash. Thanks for the tip.

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  5. Elizabeth the sign is wonderful! Perfect with the paneling and perfect for your home.

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  6. When I first saw a picture of your sign, I thought you bought it somewhere. Wow! You're good! I think you did a great job. It's even better that you used things you already had. I like the style you did it in.

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  7. I like that your were able to make something meaningful to you. Love it.

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  8. What a great job you did, it looks so professional!I like the style of your home, the signs work perfectly.
    New Follower,
    Patti

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  9. New follower. Thanks for your visit today, and I love your sign. I've been wanting to try one of those for a while now, just a little afraid. Thanks for the kick in the pants I needed. Maybe one for Thanksgiving . . . Hmmm.

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  10. What a great sign. It turned out so good. And it looks so authentic. Love your pictures how you showed what you did! Great job and great post.
    blessings,
    Debbie

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  11. This is so impressive! I love it. Thank you for adding me to your list of blogs...I'm so tickled and with amazing company. You have such a great blog:)

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  12. Beautiful and well done!

    Annelie

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  13. Perfect!!!! Great job! Looks wonderful hanging in your home.

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  14. Love it, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

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  15. Hi Elizabeth,

    Love the sign!
    Looks right at home in the kitchen!
    Have a great week!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  16. That looks amazing, Elizabeth! Cutting out those letters is tedious but works well for getting the perfect font. I love the crooked part at the bottom. Makes it look authentic!

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  17. Your sign turned out so great...and you gotta love the price ;o)

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  18. NICE! It really does look like an old barn sign. andrea@townandprairie

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  19. I love your sign! The St. Jacobs farmer's market was one of my fave things to do too when we lived in Cambridge. And the pies in the pie shop downtown are the best! :)

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  20. Fabulous job.. lovely tutorial.. Loved this..

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  21. So cute! You did a wonderful job on this! :)

    xoxo laurie

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