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We thought we would change subjects for a bit and do our very first tutorial here on The Sprouted Cottage! Today we are going to be building a portable, “A” frame chalkboard sign.
Many homesteaders and homestead enthusiasts do craft fairs, sell their farm goods, or host farm tours. Many hardware stores carry basic plastic signs that you can use to point customers to these events, but they don’t have that classic artistic style that many are looking for. Several weeks ago, Dave came home from the bakery and said that he needed more signage to direct customers into the bakery. Most people knew where The Carlton Hotel was, but they walked right past the bakery’s doors without knowing what was inside.
So, I did some research into signage and what people are drawn to as well as some local laws regarding advertisement and signage for our local area. I decided to go with an “A” frame sign because it is portable, flexible for changing seasons and menus, as well as lightweight so that even the smallest employee would be able to lift and move the sign. For our area, as long as it didn’t block sidewalk traffic, we didn’t need a permit from the city to use a chalkboard sign like this.
In case you didn’t know, Back Porch Bakery has a very rustic style inside. Think brick walls, wood beams, and black metal fixtures. I wanted to keep the sign in line with these design elements to make the advertising work as an extension of the branding.
This project cost about $40 but we were able to use a salvaged dry erase board as well as handles and hinges we had on hand, so expect to spend $50 if you don’t have those items lying around. NOTE: most thrift stores have dry erase boards or chalk boards. These are great options to save you money and will only require touch-up instead of making a chalkboard from scratch.
Also, I’ve included links to the actual products I used. I was not paid for these items and this post is not sponsored in any way. These are my opinions and the products I purchased.
What to do:
Note: I used as much weather proofing and sealing steps as needed for my purpose. Our sign is under an awning, against a wall. It is semi protected from the elements and is brought in at closing time. You may need to change these steps to suit your weather and use of the sign.
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