|Project by Hooligan||posted 04-12-2015 06:36 PM||1054 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
I built this sign for a guy who just stumbled into my shop one day. He asked if I could build him a sign to put above his hot tub. He wanted it to be made of old barn wood, but I told him that all the barn wood I had access to was cupped and pretty fragile and that it wasn’t suited for sign making. I convinced him I could make a faux finished barn wood and he agreed. He wanted the letters to also be burned in after they were cut. I used 3 new 1”x4”x8’ pine for the sign and frame. I stained the wood with tea, which I let sit for 15 minutes (to add tannins) and then followed it with an oxidizer made of steel wool soaked in white vinegar. The steel wool dissolves completely in the vinegar in about 36 hours and I got the best results after about 24 hours of soaking the steel wool. I simply scrubbed the steel wool pad onto the tea stained sign, let it dry until it formed a rusty looking dust, blow it off, and finished it with a couple coats of satin spray poly.
I think it turned out better than I had hoped and he and his wife love it. I really like the Faux finish and will be using it again.