Since it's a nice crossroads of our look and a good price, we've been hand painting all of our signage out here at the inn. We're going about it in a pretty old fashioned way too: Step 1. Print an outlined and life-sized version of the wording.
Step 2. Flip it over and trace the back with charcoal.
Step 3. Place the paper charcoal side down on the sign and rub so that a faint outline remains on the sign, then paint over it!
Step 4. Wipe down any remaining charcoal once and paint dries and voila!
We used the same method yesterday for painting the room numbers.
The door handles and lights are on alternating sides, so I knew I wanted the numbers to be in the middle to give the building a uniform look.
I thought about painting big numbers right in the middle of the doors but decided that might awkwardly take over. So I decided to paint them centered on the door frame instead. Actual numbers (like 1, 2, 3, 4) would look weeny on that 4" trim and be hard for guests arriving at night to see, so I decided to use the font I made for our logo and spell out the numbers instead.
And I love it!
There was one hitch: we have a mechanicals/laundry room in the middle of the strip. "Laundry" wouldn't be hard to paint but it sure would be boring. So we went with this instead:
Cracks me up!
I know this means that everyone and their mother are going to open that door. I can't decide if it's funniest to just leave it as an immensely boring laundry room or to take it further-- label the washing machine "time machine", the dryer "teleportation device"... You'll have to come for a visit and see for yourself!
(What is I Love Lamp? This is I Love Lamp.)