I had another one of those 1:30 in the morning moments last weekend, when I just had to make something before I could sleep. Actually, I had already gone to bed and been asleep for awhile, but my mind was still on "high alert" because I was waiting for my daughter to get home from the drive-in movie, so some little sound woke me up, thinking it was her. I decided to just stay up and work on something until she got home.
I had picked up this antique business card a few months ago, and meant to post it for Antique Graphics Wednesday, but realized I never did and decided to make a sign using the image. I love the typography and especially the curved "and".
My board was an old one that was already painted black, so I just used the vinyl stencil to add the words. I used a stencil I already had to dress up the corners of the sign. Once it was dry, I distressed it, then wiped some wood stain over it to deepen the aged look of the distressed areas. Things were going swimmingly. It looked wonderful. At that point I went to bed, somewhere around 2:45 a.m.
I don't know what the heck woke me up at 5:30 in the morning, but up I was. I soaked in the tub for awhile and when I got out, the sun was up, so I decided to put a coat of spray sealer over the sign so it would be dry by the time I got home from church. I grabbed the spray can of sealer, shook it and started spraying. The next thing I knew, there was a fine mist of white on my sign! I freaked out, thinking I didn't shake the can well enough or something, but upon closer inspection realized I had grabbed a can of white spray paint...not clear sealer.
Folks, this is why a body needs more than 2 hours of sleep at a time. No, I didn't take a photo of the disaster - I was too busy having a fit. It was such a fine mist of white that I quickly grabbed some sandpaper and started sanding like crazy, trying to salvage it. I had to sand it a lot to make the white blend in, then I put a new coat of wood stain over it again. I really thought it was going to end up in the burn pile, but by the time I was done, I was okay with how it looked.
It does seem appropriate that it was a boot and shoe sign that I messed up on, because I really need a swift kick in the butt for working on projects with my eyes half open.
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