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You've seen those old time signs for a doctor, where it says, The Doctor is In (or a changeable part that says Out)? This is a horticulturists take on it.
The board itself is a find; a piece of one by twelve lumber, salvaged from the burn pile. I don't mind that it's got a split in it, or that it shows the saw marks. That gives it character and a vintage feel.
With this kind of a project that needs to look good on both sides, don't get impatient and turn it over too soon. The paint will smudge and you'll have to sand it off and start all over again.
The background is a mixture of black, blue and white paint, drizzled on, and then smoothed out to give it some variation.
Sometimes I keep the colors separate, and sometimes I mix them to make a whole new color.
The little pot that has 'In' on one side and 'Out' on the other is shaped with a jigsaw to be the shape of a clay pot, and I painted a plant behind it.
The paint for the pot was a mixture of red, yellow and brown, in this case mixed together until it was the right shade to look like clay.
A splash of white toned it down to look like semi-aged terracotta.
Someone pointed out to me that it stops the piece of wood from warping if it's painted on both sides to seal it, so this is what I did.
As this is rough sawn lumber, I didn't follow my usual maverick tendency to wing it.
The wood on both sides of the sign is sealed with my go-to product, water based Varathane.
When the letters were painted, I sanded the paint off a bit, to make it look weathered.
A simple way of hanging both the sign and the In part are two holes drilled right through, and it will hang on two nails. That's a vintage look!
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