cool or lame?

maggiepie11August 14, 2013

UPDATE: Scroll to message 31 for finished photos in the new house!

so i've become fixated on having an oversized old antique or antique-like sign above our buffet in our dining room. it's ever since i started following debi's design diary on youtube. she's kooky and quirky and just awesome. anyway, i absolutely love her old antique sign. see below.

however, it's for the dining room, so i'd like the content to be at least a little bit relevant to the room (food/family...) and another tidbit is our whole family is from boston and we just relocated to texas. so in my absolutely perfect ideal world, i'd be able to find an oversized antique sign for a vendor of something food/family related with ties to new england. i've got visions of nostalgic salt water taffy and fudge signs from an old beach shop or something like that in my head. but i'll NEVER be able to find that!! plus it's gotta be big! the buffet is 80" long!

so the question is... is it lame to create it myself? DIY art isn't lame. and i could easily make it LOOK antique and aged, but it sort of loses the "wow" and "quirkiness" for me if i've painted it myself. But how do i move on from here when i want it so badly? :)

PS: here is one example of a sign i could totally envision recreating. it's not "antique" in that it still hangs in front of a very active business.

This post was edited by maggiepie11 on Thu, May 8, 14 at 16:50

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
powermuffin

I think that it is a great idea. Go for it and then post a picture.
Diane

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 10:46AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cyn427 (zone 7)

You should see if you can find an old (wouldn't be antique, though, since chain is relatively recent) Maggie Moo's Ice Cream sign (thinking of your screen name here)!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ghostlyvision

I think it's a great idea also, and very doable. I made a small (24" w) on luan, it's nice and thin so not too heavy to hang. I tried using flashing so it'd be a 'real metal' sign but it was just too difficult (and scary sharp edges) to work with. I gave it a matte spray poly but if I make another I'll do a glossy poly to make it look like enamel.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:11AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maggiepie11

ghostly - that's a great point you make about the weight because mine would be large. i was originally thinking of using salvaged pallet wood if i go in the salt water taffy or ice cream direction. and i'd stick with matte if i do poly at all. haha

if you're not picky about size/shape, you could probably find an old metal sign cheap and just paint over it. its edges would already be nice and finished. :)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:38AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
liriodendron

DIY, so you haven't got any serious money in a vintage decorative item that while cool and funky and nostalgic now could well be seen as dated in the no-too-distant future.

Just my 2 cents.

L.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:41AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ghostlyvision

Yeah, your super-sized one might be too 'there' all glossied up. lol

Good point, liri.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lynxe

It's the kind of thing I could envision in a kitchen, a pantry, a hallway leading to a kitchen, but not really in a dining room. Since you asked. :)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:54AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maggiepie11

lol lynxe... i wasn't asking if the concept of the sign is cool or lame in our dining room. just whether a fraud knockoff of the real thing is lame. :) no worries though - i know it's not for everyone.

if anyone's wondering, the dining room is more casual with a rustic farm style plank table. it's part of an open floor plan and is wide open to the kitchen and family room.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 12:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
forboystoo

debi's design diary ..I forgot all about her~What a hoot she is !!
282,000 Handmade signs on Etsy !!
I don't think that each one is an original thought.
Go for it.
It's a place that evokes memories for your family.
Art has always been about inspiration.
At least it's not "Keep Calm Carry On"(765 on Etsy)

It would be a cheap endeavor .
You like it
you like it.
You don't
you dress-up the garage.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 3:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
CLBlakey

It wouldn't be a cheap knock off it would be a hand crafted piece of art. I love Cyn's idea of the name change to make it more personal.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 3:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maggiepie11

thanks everyone! i think i'm going to piece together a beachfront candy shop sign for salt water taffy and fudge from the beach i grew up going to. i can't find a good picture of their signs/logo, but i found a great sign from one of the original salt water taffy places in atlantic city. i'll use that direction but change the name to the local place i remember. by painting my own, i can choose my own colors too!!

i'm not ready to start this project yet, but wanted to factor it in before i decide on a color for the buffet. still working on the chairs. have the top of the buffet sanded, so i'm multi-tasking here. :)

here's the new inspiration sign:

and for full disclosure, my name is rebecca. my screenname is for my beloved 4-legged furry sister who we just lost in november after 13 beautiful years. i'm so glad i chose maggie in my screennames so she's always with me though. :)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 3:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Oakley

Not lame at all! I used to paint on fabric just for kicks, and I liked my work so much I hung it in my house and sold some of it at craft shows. It was still art, something I'd already seen in a picture or on a bowl..whatever struck me.

Actually they made me smile. Do it!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 3:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
forboystoo

What really is antique ?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 3:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lynn_r_ct

forboystoo... cracked up on both of your posts! Thanks for the chuckle.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 5:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Gooster

forboystoo... that is just great. Thanks for the laugh.

In a rustic, casual dining room it will look great, vintage or faux. It will be part of your family's personality.

However, don't go to extremes. I just saw this on Cultivate -- and although the home is beautiful and the details perfect -- this kitchen looks seriously like a restaurant (albeit a great one I'd like to dine at).

Here is a link that might be useful: See First Pic

This post was edited by gooster on Thu, Aug 15, 13 at 16:03

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 4:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maggiepie11

gooster that's funny too! point taken... i'll consider it an epic failure if any guests ask where to form the line to pay. :)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 4:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lynxe

"lol lynxe... i wasn't asking if the concept of the sign is cool or lame in our dining room. just whether a fraud knockoff of the real thing is lame. :) no worries though - i know it's not for everyone."

Oops! I should read more carefully next time!

"if anyone's wondering, the dining room is more casual with a rustic farm style plank table. it's part of an open floor plan and is wide open to the kitchen and family room"

In that case, I think the sign will fit right in with your decor.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 10:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
oldbat2be

maggiepie11 - is that sign from Middleton? Ha!! DD has a summer job at Benson's so let's just say, our freezer doth over-floweth.

Not lame at all, definitely customize it to your tastes. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery...:)

Good luck in Texas!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maggiepie11

oldbat - yup, middleton!

i just wanted to update. it's been 5 months, and i just got around to working on my sign! it's gigantic (8 feet long and 2 feet high), and while it doesn't photograph well on a rainy day up against my windows on saw horses, it looks BEAUTIFUL when we hold it up above our buffet, and i'm really glad i decided to go for it.

the idea was something antique-looking and very nostalgic from home in a color scheme that works in our open space.

here it is!

here's a better representation of the colors:

and as a reminder, here's the buffet it'll hang over:

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 11:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
violetwest

I think your DIY idea is . . . cool!

You have some specific ideas and wants -- make it your own. It's just "decor" right -- your dining room isn't a museum, and the sign isn't part of a curated collection, so provenance isn't really an issue. Your enjoyment is.

ETA: Am dumb. Just now noticed you made your sign. Good job!

This post was edited by Violet.West on Thu, Jan 16, 14 at 15:45

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 12:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
powermuffin

You did a great job on the sign! Looking forward to a picture of it in place.
Diane

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 3:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mtnrdredux_gw

Reading this post, I was totally against the idea of an ersatz antique.

Then I saw your work. You are talented! WOW

And it isn't faux anything, I think of it an an homage to a place of which you have fond memories.

Brava

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 4:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
melgrek

love it!! Is this referring to Sanborns candies in Plaistow NH?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 4:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
yayagal

You did an AMAZING job for one who never did it before. I'd love to see your creative dining area, I'm positive people will love being in that room. It's so homespun and perfect.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 5:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maggiepie11

crap, i knew there were locals on the board. i hope nobody's upset. it's just a name - anybody could have the last name Sanborn, right? but yes, they also have a location on hampton beach. the color and font and logo are nothing alike. my parents took me to hampton beach every friday when i was younger so the memories it invokes make me smile. :)

mtnrdredux - i felt the same way, as you can tell since i posted this in the first place. i obviously felt lame, but i wanted the real thing, and the real thing was simply impossible to find in the size, color, and subject matter i wanted!

i'm really happy i did it though.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 5:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kswl2

What you created is far better than the "real" thing, because the colors are absolutely perfect for your walls and buffet. You would never, in a million lifetimes of searching, find anything better with respect to size, shape, content and color. Great job, and please post when it is up!

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 6:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
oldbat2be

Fabulous!!! Gorgeous sign - love it!

With that talent, I'm definitely hoping for you to move back home so I can admire your work in person. I'm changing my vote to UBER COOL and thininking about what I'd like to commission to hang in my own home.

Hmmm. It is rather hard to concisely express what one wants to say. In my case: Do not leave the house if your bed is not made and room tidied. (Too long). I tell them, "You know it's bad luck if you don't make your bed in the morning!". Would love to replace this with a giant sign to which I could point...and maybe look apologetically?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 7:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maggiepie11

this one's for you ob2b!

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 8:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
glad2b

You did an amazing job! I can't imagine how much work that would have been. Congratulations - how happy you must be every time you glance over there.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 12:58AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bethpen

Looks great! I can't wait to see it in place,

Beth P.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 8:41AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maggiepie11

hi everyone, it's been ages. i've been more on the "Building a home" side as our construction wrapped up. i've been posting pics of our new house there and remembered when i posted a picture of our dining room that i promised a picture of this sign in its new home on this old thread. here it is! you could have easily talked me out of doing this as i was really on the fence, so thanks for the encouragement because i love how it turned out. :)

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 4:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Holly- Kay

Ooooh Maggie! I love it. Thank you so much for posting!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 5:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mitchdesj

it is indeed very sweet !!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 5:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
patricianat

Incredible job of both the sign and the buffet, and beautiful room!!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 5:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ttodd

It's perfectly wonderful! All of it!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 6:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Javachik

Now I'm drooling for salt water taffy, homemade fudge...and pix of your new home! Gorgeous!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 7:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maddielee

Looks wonderful!

ML

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 7:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Laurie

The entire room is spectacular and the sign is amazing!

I like the vintage look & the colors of everything. The height of the sign and the spacing between it and the buffet & the items on the buffet are pleasing, feels good. I also love the clock in that room.

Now, I am anxious to see the other rooms!

Laurie

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 10:35PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Budget kitchen remodel
We relocated to a new state, and bought this home last...
reallymelanie
Why do you decorate?
I'm sure this has come up a million times before ....
anele_gw
What other photo sharing site besides Photobucket?
nevermind Ok, so I do need help. I'm done with Photobucket....
SheeshareeII
What is this called?
I am trying to search out sectionals that have this...
RoseAbbey
Ikea mattresses
We need to get a new twin mattress for my DS (9). ...
jlc712
Sponsored Products
Rustic Mirror
$469.99 | Dot & Bo
Extra Large Rose Sectional
Opulent Items
Crystal Base Pendant Chandelier
Overstock.com
Monaco Pajama Set
$199.00 | FRONTGATE
LC2 Petit Modele Armchair
Design Within Reach
Oversized Domed Bronze Floor Register
Signature Hardware
Besa Lighting | Focus Four Light Bath Bar
$873.00 | YLighting
Canopy Crystals Living Room Pendant Lighting
ParrotUncle
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™