We are thrilled to say today’s blog post will be a guest post from our very own designer, Joanne Palmisano. If you’ve been to Mad River Barn and stayed in our rooms or even eaten at the pub or restaurant, you know that Joanne has some very fun DIY projects throughout the building. We have her picture and her books (Salvage Secrets and Salvage Secrets Design & Décor) on the front desk counter because frankly, we are so tired of answering questions about the designer of our project (no offense Joanne). Here’s one of her DIY’s that we thought you’d enjoy making yourself! So take it away Joanne…
Hi EVERYONE! How much fun do I have getting to design for Heather and Andrew Lynds. Not only do they let me go crazy with the rustic industrial theme that they wanted for the barn, but they are so great to be around. (Of course, it took a little while to understand Andy’s dry sense of humor, but once I got it… :) And Heather’s laugh is contagious!)
As you can see by the Inn’s décor, we use a lot of salvaged and recycled material. I’m thrilled that the builders and artisans were willing (and even excited) to work with the material. Many of the items we had built by local artisans and companies (keep it local!) and many I made myself. Most of the signs, artwork and pillows, you see at the inn, I made — truly a hands on designer.
This vintage-inspired sign, I’m about to show you — is not only easy — but really budget friendly. I picked up the old kitchen cabinet doors at the ReSource Center, Pine Street, Burlington, for $5.00 each.
These are the cabinet doors I picked up. Usually you can get them for about $5-10 a door. I like to use the flat panel ones. Make sure to leave any hardware with the Rebuild center so they can resell them.
I wanted them to have a vintage look so I sanded them slightly to let the other colors and original wood peek through. I knew this paint did not contain lead, but if they did I would follow the lead law guidelines when sanding and finishing — you can find them online.
I took this picture while walking through Shelburne Farms. Then I changed the color setting to give it more of a vintage look. Just cut and paste it into a word document and printed it on regular recycled white paper.
I cut the white edges off the paper and then using Safecoat AcriGlaze matte finish, I layered under the print and then across the top of it (that is why you don’t want to use a real photo).
Make sure to get all the bubbles out from underneath the picture and cover the whole thing, especially the edges with the Safecoat. (You can also use regular decoupage glue.)
Once the print was dry, I then laid out my letter stencils (and if you know me, I didn’t measure a thing). I wanted them to have a random look to them. Just make sure they are pretty well spaced from side to side and don’t leave too much space between the letters or it won’t look like a word.
For paint color, I used my friend, Cari Cucksey’s, paint line, Repurpose Chroma*Color Paint, in the Cast Iron Metal Black finish…Thanks Cari!
You can use painters tape to hold the letters still, but I’ve done this so many times, I just use my fingers to hold it down while I dab some paint onto the stencil. Don’t go too heavy with the paint or it will bleed under the stencil.
Now just let the paint dry. La, la, la….Okay…now, fast forward…
Now bring the whole thing outside and spray or paint with a shellac or poly. I usually use shellac but was out of it, so I used a polyurethane. Either works great. I always seal my work, it keeps dust down and makes it easier to clean and if there was lead paint concerns, it is a must. If I’m spraying or painting sealer on, I’ll do three light coats. Let dry completely between coats.
The signs are done. Now they just need to be hung up in the Longhouse entrance way. Of course, I usually make my trips up to Mad River Barn around breakfast time or dinner time. Coincidence…maybe…
Thanks Joanne for doing the guest blog post. Hey…maybe this winter we’ll do a Make Your Own Sign event. Anyone interested? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org. :) I’m sure there will be cocktails involved as well.
Signing…off… (again…couldn’t help ourselves)
Our Best, Heather and Andrew