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Rustic Marquee Bar Sign (Red To Galvanized With Paint)

Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2017 is off to a good start! Today I'm sharing another Christmas gift that I made. This one was for my son and his fiance's home. A few months ago they added a feature wall in their dining room using Stikwood Reclaimed Weathered Wood Boards. Shortly thereafter my son built a custom bar with built-in wine fridge on the wall. When I heard they were looking for a rustic industrial bar sign to complete the ensemble, a light bulb went off in my head.

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?

DIY Rustic Marquee Bar Sign

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.

Rustic DIY Marquee Bar Sign

Would you believe the marquee letters used to be red?

Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters Before

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.

DIY Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Materials

Materials List

  • 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

Prepping Marquee Letters before applying paint

I split cotton balls in three, rolled them tightly and inserted into the light sockets with tweezers (make sure the batteries have been removed).

First Silver Metallic Paint Layer

First layer of paint on Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters

I applied the first layer of matte Silver Metallic paint with a brush. It took two coats to remove most of the original red finish.

Second White Paint Layer

Second layer of paint on Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters

Using a small round tip stencil brush, I dabbed and rubbed random strokes of Fluff (a white with gray undertones) chalk paint. You can see in the photo above that I also carefully painted the switch on the side too.

Third Dark Gray Paint Layer

Third layer of paint on Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters

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

Fourth layer of paint on Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters

It's hard to see in the photo above but I brushed random strokes of Provence (teal color) chalk paint using small chisel paint brushes. I hit the brush along the edges of the letters as well.

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

Assembling Rustic Wooden Marquee Bar Sign

Our sign measures 42" wide x 14" high
  • 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

Staining the Rustic Wooden Marquee Bar 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

Whitewashing the Wooden Rustic Marquee Bar 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

Mounting Marquee Letters to Rustic Wooden Bar 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.

Mounting Marquee Letters to Rustic Wooden Bar Sign

The last step is adding D-Ring picture hanging hooks on each end of the top upright and you're done.

If you like my Rustic Wood Marquee Bar Sign with Faux Galvanized Letters, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.


Rustic Wood Marquee Bar Sign With Faux Galvanized Letters

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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