I have painted dozens of wood signs in my life.
Signs and friends of signs and entire sign families.
Small signs and big signs and grocery signs and signs that have only one powerful amazing word and signs that say I love you.
And in all my sign painting I’ve learned a few things.
Things that make sign painting a breeze.
Especially this tip.
The best tip of all.
Here’s the number one tip for painting a wood sign.
Start in the middle.
Now before I explain–I have to say that this post is all about doing what I say…
….not what I do.
See, I forgot my own tip.
The master bath remodel is finished and I needed a giant sign for the wall, so I took the beach sign from the before and repainted it.
I painted a coat of white over the BEACH letters and wished them well and happy days in the sand.
I wanted something clean and crisp, so I just bought some stencil letters from Hobby Lobby and traced the letters onto this sign, filled them in with a marker and distressed them.
It took me literally 36 minutes to finish it.
Except one of the twins was telling me a story and I was listening attentively as I was tracing the letters and the story kept getting better and better and I stopped paying attention to the sign…
….and somewhere along the way I got off kilter.
Can you see it?
My THISTLEWOOD looks amazing.
And then I went all rogue with the FARMS.
It’s all because I forgot the number one tip.
Count your letters.
Then start in the middle.
For example, THISTLEWOOD has 11 letters. The L is the middle letter. Measure to the center of the board and place the L there. Start tracing the L first and go out from there. Then repeat for your next word.
And the word after that.
And so on until your word is perfectly centered.
Not like this.
Please do your signs a favor and listen to one who’s been there.
Don’t go rogue.
Just start in the middle and you’ll keep yourself and your sign centered.
PS I was going to repaint the sign, but then I remembered….
….we’re not exactly rule followers around here. 🙂
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