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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bistro Menu Boards

Here are my latest menu boards inspired by my recent trip to Paris.  I tried to give these a bit of European charm by using the black and gold.  My husband thought they were for a wedding because of the cake but that was just something I added instead of my usual wreath appliques.  They are touting pastries and cocoa and the like so a cake seemed fitting.  However, he did give me an idea for a wedding reception sign.  My wheels are turning now.

 To transfer the cake image onto the board, I traced a cake image I already had and then painted it in.  I put some swirls on the cake to give it some detail.
 Although much of these are stenciled, most of the creativity comes from designing these signs.  All my work is one of a kind.  I never repeat the same sign twice. 
 The base of these signs are my usual cabinet doors found at the salvage yard.  Then I get to work on an idea for the theme, the design and the background colors.
Thanks for dropping by for a visit.  I hope you are inspired to put your thinking cap on to create a one of a kind something or other of your own.

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Rhissanna said...

Very sweet. Now I want a cupcake!

srpprcrftr said...

Your signs are awesome, love them, your blog. I can hardly wait to see what you've done when I see I have a post from you.
Wow, you must be reading my mind. I'd gotten a cupboard door awhile back at Habitat, had an idea at that time what I wanted to do with it but then changed my mind. I figured eventually one of you wonderful bloggers would lead me to what I wanted to do and you sure did. It seems I can always count on the talents of you wonderful bloggers.
This is the 2nd. time tonight I've gotten an idea from blogs as to what to do with things I've purchased for projects.
I too don't do the same thing twice. It's like once I do something one way I'm done with it. have to go with new ideas. I don't have a blog but I love to make things for our home or friends and family.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love 'em, Maggie! Love the black background and the gold details. You've really done a great job especially with layering the stencils.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Coming up with a design is the hardest part of sign painting, and you've got a real knack for it! Your bistro signs are wonderful and I can hardly wait to see the wedding sign which I know won't be far behind!

......Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

Your menu boards are stunning. I appreciated your sweet comment at Portlandia Vintage!

......Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

Your menu boards are stunning. I appreciated your sweet comment at Portlandia Vintage!

Bliss said...

I need an automated reply to everything you make..... hit one key and it types, YUP love it, pinned it.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Girlfriend, these are fabulous...Good enough to eat!!


20 North Ora said...

Beautiful signs. You did a great job!! Those would make gorgeous wedding signs!!


Dawna (Stitches from the Tub) said...

Maggie, these are really great. I will be visiting your booth tomorrow at the Emporium and can't wait to see your creative space. Hugs, Dawna

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

These are gorgeous! I love the black and gold combination with the white lettering. Very creative of you!!

DeeAnna said...

How beautiful! Those would look great in my kitchen.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Those are amazing looking menu boards! You are so good at transforming cabinet doors. They are beautiful!!!

Donna said...

Wow, your signs are just amazing, Maggie! I love all of the wonderful details, and you are right, they make me think of the menu boards in Paris! I can so see these at weddings, you are on to something for sure!!

TheMoonAndMe said...

Your signs are awesome! I love the gold filigree behind the lettering. Beautiful. :)