Friday, December 31, 2010

Lowesville Cafe...

This past week I had the opportunity to work on some art
for friends of our son and DIL, who are
opening a cafe. What an awesome time I had.
I started with some inspiration from
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.
I showed the owners Donna's stair make over
and they thought it was great.
So the plan was to paint right on the
wood paneling, like Donna did right on her stairs.
We were going for the look of old signage painted
on the side of barns that becomes worn and weathered.
Here is a picture of our son Seth
and his good friends, Debbie and Mike.
I started with their Logo...

then moved on to this Coffee sign.

Here it is after I distressed and glazed it. I had the help of a projector
for placement,
kinda like paint by number...

Then I would shut the projector off to do
shading and finish work.
We changed the colors
to ones that Debbie liked the best.

After a painting was done and dry, it was time to break
out the sander. Makes distressing an easy job!

It really only takes me a couple of minutes
to age and distress with this method.

Debbie chose all the signs
and placement
and then I did my thing.
I had a blast!

So if you find yourself north of Charlotte, NC
in a few weeks
be sure to stop by the small town of
Lowesville and head over to the cafe for....


maybe an ice cold beverage or...

a tall glass of good old Sweet Tea.

Even better come on over for Lunch.
I hear their hot dogs and burgers are the
best in town!

Make sure to tell them I sent you!
Blessings to you, Debbie and Mike,
we enjoyed our time with you.

Leigh Ann

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  1. You did an awesome job with the signage. It really adds a nice old time feel to the cafe. Your friends are lucky to have such a talented friend.

  2. Way to GO! What a creative take on old signage! And by hand!! You did a fab job. Nicely done!

    For those interested, here's the live link to the crate stair project:


  3. Great signs! I love it when someone learns something on a blog and turns it into a project of their own. I hope you inspire other people, and on, and on. Isn't Donna the best? I hope everyone that comes to the restaurant loves the feeling. Ann

  4. These look great! Gosh, I wish I could paint like you! Great idea.

  5. I wish I lived closer. I would love to see your work in person and have a good ol burger....Great job!

    Take care,

  6. I am back! And wanted to tell you I've featured you on SNS #63's sidebar this weekend. :) I'm just so impressed you did all this by hand. Wow.


  7. Lady, that's gorgeous! I found you thru the link party on Funky Junk Interiors. This is super cool, and I'm sure the owners will treasure it for years to come.

  8. Thanks Ladies for all the encouraging comments...I had a blast doing these signs! Donna, thanks so much for the have been so inspiring to me this last year
    and I love your blog and work!

  9. Donna is an inspiration, I agree! And holy cow! The paintings look amazing! Super job! Thank you so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! I'm in love! ;)

    Happy New Year, Leigh Ann!


  10. OMGoodness, this is so neat.I love the way you used the projector!


  11. Your art is incredible! I love it and I thank you for sharing it with us! Happy 2011!

  12. I can't believe you hand-painted that all yourself!!! The signs look superb - who can resist that retro look and feel! I'll definitely stop by if I'm ever in the area!

    Coming over from Met Monday and a happy new follower!


  13. Nicely done! Looks like it would have been a lot of fun and what a difference your handiwork makes. Where do you live in Ohio? I'm from Columbus.

  14. That sounds great. Hope Don & I can head that way when we visit our son in Gastonia. You did a fabulous job.

  15. WOW...just fabulous!! Love the "pepsi" the best!!

  16. Thank you for participating in the very first Masterpiece Monday! I hope you'll come back again, it was fun having you share! Take care, Mary

  17. You did a fabulous job there, Leigh Ann. I just love the look of the signs on the wood!

  18. That looks GREAT! You did a fabulous job! Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday. The party will be open until Friday if you have anything you else you want to link up!

  19. I have to tell you, this is the only time I've actually loved wood paneling, lol. Seriously, what a wonderful job! I had to laugh when I saw the 3rd picture of your step ladder with the soda. I have a ton of those pics myself! Always with the drink.

    Would love to have you stop by this weekend and link up to Passion for Paint!

  20. So fun! I love, love, love it.

  21. Your paintings are great! Love it! And the idea to de-stress them with the sander is fabulous!

  22. Wow,you are good!! Those signs are great. Thanks for linking to the party!

  23. Awesome! What a great project. They must have been thrilled with it. :)


  24. The signs look fantastic!!! What a great way to bring character to the paneling. If you have time, I would love for you to link this post to my blog party at

  25. Those look fantastic! Sure wish I lived near there because I'd have breakfast and lunch there!

  26. You are one talented lady. I just love it! What a neat looking place too. Happy New year!

  27. great art work!!

  28. awesome! What a fun way to add some color and fun to wood walls. So cute!

  29. Wow Girl, you are sooo talented. These signs you've done are amazing. My best to the new cafe starting. Sounds like a great place!
    Thanks for linking up with VIF,

  30. Hi there~ Wonderful job with the signs!! They look so charming~ bet the cafe is loving them-Well done! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  31. Wow, you have some serious talent! I love those signs. Do you ever sell those things to total strangers? (Like me?) ;) Great job!!

    I hope you can join my "our nest" sign giveaway going on now! Ends tonight.

  32. This is one of my favorites! You are such a talent, I'm so jelous!

  33. Love it! Did you do this all freehand? It turned out great!

  34. AMAZING!!! seriously, just lovely, you did a GREAT job. I'm featuring this on my blog tonight! Thanks again for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  35. Love your signs! They look amazing...Great use of the projecter too!
    I recently distressed a bench we made with a hand sander just like that:) does make it nice and fast.
    Again, great job!
    Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady