DIY Vintage Sign

My DIY vintage sign is complete. It just needs to go on the wall with a plant hanging from it.

Making a vintage sign is pretty easy

  • Step 1 – find an old board
  • Step 2 – sand it down and paint it in a bright colour
  • Step 3 – give it a light sand and paint in a less invasive colour
  • Step 3 – sand to show some base colour and some wood
  • Step 4 – paint on your chosen word
  • Step 5 – sand/distress some more

I’ve added an old hanging basket hanger too.

base coat

base coat

DIY vintage sign

DIY vintage sign

authentic old nail

authentic old nail

sanded down

sanded down

base colour showing through

base colour showing through

No more polystyrene tiles (ever)

A couple of weeks ago I got rid of the last polystyrene tiles… they were on the landing.
I’ve also stripped the last of the wallpaper in the house – the stairs, landing and master bedroom.

making a mess

making a mess

second lot of filling, mid wall awaiting plastering

second lot of filling, mid wall awaiting plastering

I’ve mostly prepped the walls now. Just need to sand down where I’ve re-filled and should be ready for painting the top coat colour. But no point painting until the plastering is done.

ceiling patched up

ceiling patched up

I’ve patched up the massive 3.2m x .65m gap in the ceiling where the wardrobes used to be. I also chased in a misc. live elec cable and rendered over. The ceiling and wall is also ready for skimming.

elec cable chased in

elec cable chased in

The plasterer said I needed to get the wooden edging strips off the chimney, because otherwise the new plaster would crack. Took a while to get the strips off, they didn’t want to budge. And loads of plaster and render came away in the process. Doh.

wood off the chimney

wood off the chimney

You can see the holes in the chimney where I was seeing if there was a fireplace hiding behind it, but I didn’t find one.

Now just to get the last bits of wallpaper down and patch up the rendering before I can get the plasterer in.

I also viewed a house down my road, just to know the market more and see what I can aim to sell mine for. The asking price was £130k. Bigger bedrooms and the third room is a proper room and a decent size. But shabby as hell, with a skanky bathroom, dodgy pipework for the radiators running across bedroom walls, awful cladding in the small kitchen and very badly finished throughout.

If that sells for anywhere close to asking, I’ll be very happy… as it means mine will be worth more than I thought.