I hadn't bought their Christmas gift yet and as I've mentioned before, I love to give handmade gifts so DIYing a Rustic Marquee Bar Sign fit the bill perfectly.
My son is still putting the finishing touches on the bar like building glass front doors for the top and a drawer on the base above the wine rack. I'll update this photo when he's all finished but don't you just love how the sign looks against the Stikwood wall?
Here is a close-up of the sign after I finished making it and photographed on top a dining table I'm currently working on.
I looked all over for galvanized marquee letters but they were too large. I found these ones that were the perfect size and had a curvier style that I liked, but they were RED.
I love a challenge and so I got busy changing them to an industrial galvanized patina.
How To Make A Rustic Wood Marquee Bar Sign
I played paint brand hopscotch on this one. To make this sign, I used products from all my favorite paint brands.
- 2 Pine 8-foot 1" x 4" boards
- 1 Pine 5-foot 1" x 2" board
- Wood Glue or Construction Adhesive
- D-picture hanger hooks
- Straight edge
- 1-inch Wood Screws
- 11" metal B A R marquee letters
- Modern Masters Silver Semi-Opaque Matte Metallic Paint
- Country Chic Chalk Paint in the color Rocky Mountain
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Provence
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Mineral Chalk Paint in the color Fluff
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Gel Stain in the color Tobacco Road
How To Give Red Marquee Letters A Faux Galvanized Patina Using Layers Of Paint
Protecting the light sockets before painting
First Silver Metallic Paint Layer
Second White Paint Layer
Third Dark Gray Paint Layer
Again, using the same round tip stencil brush and dab, rub, random stroke paint technique, I applied Rocky Mountain (a charcoal) paint color.
Fourth Teal Paint Layer
I added a hint of teal to match other elements in both their dining room and adjoining living room. You may remember last year the makeover I gave their MCM Tables With Faux Tin Tops. I also turned a 70's Coffee Table Into An Upholstered Bench for their entry.
Building The Rustic Wooden Marquee Sign
Assembling the Sign
- Cut four 1" x 4" pine boards 42-inches long using a miter saw.
- Lay them side by side and clamp in place.
- Cut a pine 1" x 2" board into three pieces 12-inches long (these will be the uprights).
- Measure 10-inches from the top of the sign and mark on each side with a pencil.
- Apply construction adhesive or wood glue onto the back of one of the 12-inch boards.
- Lay it across at the marks you made and attach the upright using a brad nailer. Make sure to hit each board with two nails (as pictured above).
- Repeat these steps on the other end of the sign, also at 10-inches from the bottom.
- Measure the distance between the two uprights and mark the center.
- Attach the third upright with the brad nailer (as pictured above).
Cutting the Arrow Point of the sign
- Decide which side the point will face (ours faces right).
- Measure across the boards and mark the center.
- Measure 9-inches down and mark each side with a pencil.
- Using a straight edge, draw a line from the 9-inch mark to the center mark.
- Repeat on the opposite side and you have your point.
- Using a jigsaw, cut the point.
- Sand the rough edges with a mouse sander.
Cutting the Feather End of the sign
- Measure 9-inches from the end of the boards and mark with a pencil.
- At the 9-inch marks on each side, measure across the boards and find the center.
- Using a straight edge, draw a line from the center mark to the end of the boards on one side.
- Repeat the step above on the opposite side and you have your inverted feather end.
- Using a jigsaw, cut the inverted point.
- Sand the rough edges with a mouse sander.
Staining the Wooden Sign
I applied two coats of gel stain in the color Tobacco Road with an inexpensive chip brush and wiped the excess with a lint-free rag.
Whitewashing the Wooden Sign
First I dipped just the tips of my paint brush in water to dampen the bristles. Then I dipped the tips into white chalk paint in the color Fluff and with long and random brush strokes gave the stained boards a wash of white.
Adding the Marquee Letters to the Wooden Arrow Sign
Mark the center of the sign both vertically and horizontally and lay the middle letter (A) on top, marking where the hanger on the back of the letter rests on the board. Screw a 1-inch wood screw into the mark and hang the letter onto the board.
For the B and R marquee letters, other than measuring each letter from the top and bottom of the boards, we pretty much eyeballed the placement.
The last step is adding D-Ring picture hanging hooks on each end of the top upright and you're done.
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I can't wait to see this sign hanging on my son and soon to be daughter-in-law's rustic Stikwood wall.
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