Do you love the look of old metal signs?
Do you love the price of old metal signs?
I do not.
Plus, what are the odds that it’ll be just the right size and color? Not good, friends…not good.
So, when I had the idea to put one on Macy’s pallet headboard, I knew I’d have to DIY it.
My first stop was the ducting section at Lowe’s.
They sell metal sheets elsewhere in the store (near the plexi glass), but they’re about 2-3 times as much. Is it “nicer” metal? Probably, but we don’t need nice for this project.
The sheet measured 24” X 36”, but I wanted a slightly different size. I cut about 2.5” off one of the long sides so my piece was 21.5” X 36”. You can score with a razor blade/utility knife and then snap the metal along the line, but it takes some SERIOUS patience and massive amounts of scoring. I went the quick route and used tin snips (WEAR GLOVES) and then used a file to smooth the edge (WEAR GLOVES).
I liked the look of a metal border, so I taped off the edges and then I applied some yellow paint. I used Jonquil from the new Martha Stewart Crafts by Plaid line. That paint works on pretty much any surface, including metal. You don’t need a great coat, because you’re going to sand it and beat it up. Make sure it’s mostly covered, though. Peel off the tape and sand. I used an electric sander with 220 grit. If you’re doing it by hand, you could use rougher paper (lower grit #). Here’s a shot after I had sanded:
I put the tape back on and applied some vinyl, cut with my Silhouette CAMEO™, in the center in the shape of a vintage Chevrolet logo.
I traced the center part manually in the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software and then used the font “Hood Ornament” to add the lettering. It’s not quite the same font that Chevy actually used, but only true car dorks would know that.
Once the vinyl was applied, I put on a coat of Martha Stewart Crafts by Plaid paint in carrot.
After I peeled off the tape and vinyl:
And then I sanded some more. Once I was happy with it, I mounted it to the headboard with a screw in each corner.
I will probably go back and put a clear coat on it, but it’s cold today and I’m a wuss.