The Atwood Inn Sign Project

Do-it-yourself sign making with Three Hills and friends.

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Tricia Bowden and her friend, Philly**  brought our vision to life with this awesome Whistle Up The Bay inspired design and color palette. Our challenge was to scale it up to a 4′ x 8′ sign with zero budget or sign making experience.

**Phil Detloff is his real name, and he’s a real graphic artist. We are thrilled with the designs he created for us and highly recommend him. LOVE it!

DIY sign painting
Lexi, Dave, & Shane did a bit of strategizing and practicing with the old sign. Lexi is saying, “Let’s use a grid system,” and Dave is saying, “I can free-hand that s**t.”
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Father and daughter snapping chalk lines.
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Mmmm…. pretty blue paint.

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Our beautiful daughter and sign painter.
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Meanwhile, Dave cut down the cross beam, but kept the side posts and existing sign frame.
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Pretty as a picture.
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Our neighbor, Chuck, donated a ballast to get the whole No Vacancy sign working properly.
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Lexi painted happy little trees.
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The first layer of paint took a few days to dry.
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Therese painstakingly and meticulously traced and spaced my homemade paper letter stencils and Dave painted them in.
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Therese came back yesterday to help me paint walls in three rooms, and then helped Dave put the sign in the frame while I stood around taking pictures.

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Finished with this part for the day. Passersby were honking and giving Dave the “Thumbs Up.”
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Dave had band practice, so I spent part of the evening making the lamp post stencil. I traced the outline from the logo with Photoshop Elements, saved it as an eps file, then enlarged and printed it as a banner in Publisher. Perhaps not the most elegant way to have done it, but it worked.
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Dave applied the paper stencil to the sign this morning.
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Traced around the stencil with pencil.
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Then he filled it in with white paint.
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He’s a lefty.
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He has a good eye and a steady hand.

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Cleaning up the job site.
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And Voila! Welcome to the Atwood Inn!