Love these ? Me too. Here is my semi-successful attempt.
Let me premise by saying I would love to learn to weld. Until then, I will have to stick to a faux metal finish.
I began by drawing my desired shape on a piece of OSB (Only because I happened to have it on hand. In retrospect I would had DEFINITELY used a smooth surface board ie: plywood, or paneling).
Using a jigsaw and a circular saw I cut out my shapes (Arrow and the letters E.A.T.) I also wanted mine to have a raised edge, so I cut out 1.5″ wide strips that would go around the perimeter of my signs.
Next, I drilled holes in my cutouts so that I could insert short carriage bolts. I thought giving it rivots would make look more realistic. (I also think it would be really awesome to insert lights instead!)
In retrospect I would have added the carriage bolts at this point so that they would get painted at the same time. ( I added just a dab of hot glue on each one to ensure they stayed put.)
This next part was a little bit of trial and error, I started by giving the wood a base coat of “Metallic Aluminum” spray paint.
Once the silver layer was dry I used a matte black and did some eratic dusting all over the signs (edging strips included) in order to give it some dimension.
I then repeated the same process with Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. ( I pretty much repeated the erratic dusting method with any metallic spray paint I had in my arsenal),
* Like I said earlier, in retrospect I would have added the bolts (rivets) before the painting process.*
Using a finish nailer I fastened the 1.5″ wide slats of wood and tacked it to the cutout. I just liked that it gave it dimension and created the look of a vintage metal sign.
Once everything was secured I took a rag with a little bit of stain and added it to the creases to give it more depth.
Overall… I don’t think it is half bad for $4.00 in materials.
( Like I stated earlier, if I were to do it over I would have used a smooth board.)