How-To #3: Antique Looking Sign (with a DIY, cracked paint finish)

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 10-03-2011 01:39 AM 13829 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a HOW-TO on making a paint finish look old and cracked. Today I made a simple sign for my wedding. I did not write anything on the sign yet – that is the fiance’s job! Enjoy!

In the video I used a black spray paint for my base coat. I used MDF – that is why I used a base coat. If you ARE going to use a base coat make sure it is darker than the top coat, and also use an acrylic brush-on paint – NOT SPRAY PAINT like I did (it obviously works with spray paint like my video shows, but you’ll have much better results with the other). I used spray paint because I am cheap and had it laying around, so thats what i used!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 01:46 AM

Great video Doug and very clear instruction. I’ve never tried that, but I know where to come if I need to. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 04:19 AM

Great job Doug. I’d never have thought to do it that way. Thanks for the video. When is the wedding btw? :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 04:27 AM

Hey SSM, the wedding is in June of 2012! We are both really excited! The cool part is that I actually have stuff like this that I can make for our wedding! Its my very very very small contribution to the wedding planning.. haha

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 05:29 AM

Hey Doug! I was told that spraying lacquer paint over acrylic paint will do the same thing. (I’ve never tried it, but my buddy swears he messed-up his car paint doing this! Ha!)

PS. I’m sending you a “proper” push stick (—What’s the address !? ;-)

-- Tom Snyder - theJaz

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 05:47 AM

Thejaz, I’ve never heard of doing it that way. I wonder if it’ll work?

I have to laugh at myself, because in the beginning I showed how “safety conscious” I was by putting on my goggles and ear protection, and then like an idiot – I’m pushing my wood through with a metal square. haha. When i shot the video I couldnt find my push stick anywhere! I normally do not use a metal square. To prove this: Here is my blog of all my different push stick designs…..I only had this one last piece to cut, so couldnt reshoot it showing my proper Push Stick technique! If you want to make me a proper push stick (maybe one of my designs in my blog) – I’d be MORE than happy to send you my address. Maybe you can make me your best push stick…and I’ll make you my version of the best push stick, and we’ll swap and show them off in a blog/forum to other LJ’s?????? that’d be cool.

anyways….do as i say, not as i do :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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