Friday, March 4, 2011

Sweet Water Gin Co., Inc.

After seeing Holly's awesome Pottery Barn knock-off, I knew I wanted to make one for our newly built end table.

(image from Homebody)

I used her same technique of chalk-and-trace, which worked really well with the dark color I'd chosen for the sign. I just taped off a border to make everything a little more centered, used my hand sander to rough it all up, and settled in for a night of hand painting letters.

To find the name of a feed store, I used the Southern States Co-Op locator. I knew I wanted something country-sounding and I didn't think myself creative enough to come up with it on my own. So I searched state-by-state until I found the "Sweet Water Gin Co., Inc." in Sweet Water, Alabama. But I was worried that "Gin Co., Inc." would look too much like an alcohol label on the sign, so I switched it to "feed" and dropped the Incorporated tag.

L♥VE. Total cost was all of $5.50. I spent $4 on a pack of paint brushes of varying sizes (great because they all had angled tips which is perfect for a project like this), and $1.50 on the box of white chalk. Everything else I had on hand. The plywood was leftover from our headboard. I love the dark splash of color it gives to our white table and accessories.

How about you guys? Any little projects that help spice up a vignette? Do tell!

I'm linking up to:
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Show Off
The Before & After Party @ Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. I love this idea! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

  2. I love your sign! I love making signs to. I am a new follower and I found your post at Thrifty Decor Chicks before and After party:)

  3. You are very creative! I have to say that I am very impressed with this, and what a very clever idea to come up with the name. . . will have to remember that myself.

  4. Hi Amber. I stumbled onto your blog a couple days ago and just had time to snoop through it and I'm glad I did. I was in the Marine Corps for six years so it's great to read all about it from the other side of the fence, typically so I can learn since I'm no longer in the uniform. I look forward to following you!


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