The only thing I would have done differently is I wish I would have done the words in a different order and showcased the name of the farm in the middle. Other than that, I think it turned out fine. Here is how I painted the sign.
I started with a base coat color of Swiss Coffee. Any brand will do. I personally always use an exterior paint in case people want to put my signs outdoors. I don't think chalk paint will hold up outdoors and neither will the wax. FYI, once you use wax on a project, you cannot repaint the piece because paint won't stick to the wax. I know Annie Sloan's representatives swear you can paint over it with their paint and I did attend their workshop, but I have my doubts.
Now back to my project. I adhered the wreath applique I purchased from Bella Cottage (they have a website that you can order from), and then I planned my design. I went to Graphics Fairy and downloaded one of her beehive images and printed it in the postcard size. Then I cut it out and merely traced around it and then filled it in with a paint pen. I seriously cannot draw so the only thing on this sign that is free hand is that little bee. Yes, that is a bee and not a fly!
Next I chose my text and lettered the sign in black. I came back and did some outlining in a colored called Maple Sugar. It's a Delta acrylic paint I have had for years. This finished off the bottle. I used the same color to paint in some of the ridges of the moulding on the cabinet door. Then in between that I painted some black trim. I didn't want to use my regular stain on this so I found some water based gel stain in the cupboard and applied that. It gave it kind of an overall crystallized honey tone which was a good thing because this project is about bees. You can see in the next photo the difference with and without the stain. Either way looks good. I just usually do this extra step to age the sign. The final step was to spray the project with a clear flat coat to seal everything in. Use one that is suitable for outdoors if you are making a garden sign.
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