A couple months ago I was at a flea market with some friends, when I came across a huge rusty sign for $40.
I sent this photo from my phone to Donnie to see what he thought.
He sent me a text back that said "I love you more than life...do what you want." Or something similar that gave me the green light to bring it home.
It's pretty rusty and damaged on that one corner, but I LOVE the orange color. I think my house needs more orange.
So I brought it home. Or I should say, my friend Katie brought it home, carefully balancing on top of her SUV's back seats, and praying she didn't have to stop fast...the sign is about 4'x6'. (Thanks, Katie! I'm so glad you got home safely!)
I hung it up in my dining room, on three huge picture hooks. The wall is just a little bigger than the sign, so it's framed out nicely.
But when I hung it up, hundreds of rust flakes rained down on me, the carpet, and the dining room table. So gross. I liked where it was, but in order to do it right, I was going to have to take it down and change some things up. And paint that brown wall! (I'm determined to eradicate the last tiny patch of that color from my house. I'm sick of it!!)
I had about a gallon of paint left over from painting the hallway, but that wasn't going to be enough. I also don't like the idea of having a bunch of rooms in exactly the same color, but I do like it when they are close. And I have a pretty small house, so the wall colors need to work well together.
It added just enough grey to the color.
I'll call it "Delicate Boulder."
Bye bye, brown walls!
So much lighter and cooler. We need all the cool we can get in TX, and with only a few (8) windows in our house, any extra light reflection is welcome, too. Plus, isn't there just a great feeling when you change something in your house? I need more of that feeling.
You can see the TORO sign is laying face down on the dining table.
Don't ever lay a rusty sign face down on your wood table without a thick layer of padding underneath. I know...
I took the sign outside and set it face down in the grass. I swept off the rust flakes on the back. There was a lot of loose rust. Then I assembled a few supplies.
1. A big cardboard box, cut open so it would lay flat on the back of the sign. 2. Duct tape. 3 Rustoleum matte clear spray sealer.
I sprayed the rusty back side of the side with the sealer, just to stick most of the rust where it was. There was still some flaking in the end, but nothing like before. If I wanted a perfect seal, I would have sprayed a couple layers of sealer, but in this case, imperfect was okay since I was about to cover it up.
Then I centered the flattened cardboard box on the back of the sign and duct taped it in place. Again, this was not perfect. The tape started to pull away in a couple places, but I pressed it back down. The purpose of the cardboard was to keep most of the rust from rubbing onto my newly painted wall, so this would do exactly that.
Next, for the front of the sign. It was a little bit nasty. I had things on it like this spider nest.
And super-rusty flaking paint. I didn't mind the look of the rust so much, but any flaking paint would be dangerous to have in the house. Kids love to eat stuff like that.
So again, I swept the sign with a broom to get off the big flakes. Then I sprayed sealer on the entire front of the sign. One note about the sealer--it wasn't perfectly matte. It darkened the orange paint and left a tiny bit of shine on the surface. So keep that in mind if you use it for your project. But it did the job well, and when I picked up the sign to take it inside, the powder coating didn't rub off on my hands like it had before. I call that success.
Donnie helped me hang it up in the dining room. He drilled a hole straight through the hole and into the wall. Then he placed some drywall anchors and screwed the sign securely into them.
I like it.
There are lots of other projects calling out to me in this room. The light fixture above the table has never made sense. Why is it so high? I have a couple ideas I'm throwing around for that, but if you think of one, send it my way! The curtains are leftovers from the old house. They worked better there. And we need some new pillows for the couch. And since this room has no storage (other than the very full trunk/coffee table), I'm going to have to get a little creative with that. But this is an on-going process. For now, I'm so happy just to have the sign up!
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