Oct 11, 2011

Vintage Plaque Makeover- And a "Just Because" Giveaway

I happened upon this cute roll of vintage advertising wallpaper last week.
(The wallpaper has been cut up in this picture)
 I just couldn't resist it. I knew it would be perfect as drawer liner, and I thought maybe I could even use a few of the ads individually. Then I saw a stack of old wooden plaques... and a lightbulb went off.

Once I had the plaque home, I had to get the old picture off. It was just a cardboard print by hallmark. So, I got it nice and wet and went to work on it with a paint scraper. I think it took me about a half hour to get it all off. Then I gave it a good sanding and painted it black. I chose the cologne ad because it was the perfect size and glued it right down. The black paint got some distressing, because, of course, I was going for the vintage look.

Here it is all done up. I have a couple more plaques and loads of the wallpaper, so this one may end up in the Etsy shop.

How about you? Would you like to make your own vintage advertising sign? I have decided to give to one lucky reader a complete set of all the ads. They would also make great wall art. 

Don't you just love that bicycle one?

The Giveaway will run from today until October 18th at 8:00 A.M. So, you've got just over a week to get your entry's in.
To Enter:
1. I would love it if you decide to follow my blog, and if you do, leave me a comment letting me know. If you already follow, please leave me a comment, as well.
Optional Entry:
2. Leave a comment on this post telling me what kind of project would you do with these.
Thanks and good luck to everyone!


  1. Hi Cynthia - I am a follower! Love the ads!!

  2. I think I would do plaques as well - I have done some with the Graphic Fairy's labels and they turned out ok - I think I prefer the black tho - I painted my plaque white first - the black is definitely more striking!

  3. Hello Cynthia,
    I love what you did with the decal and the old plaque. It looks amazing. Nice Work!
    Smiles, Paula

  4. oh my these are so cute! I know I would frame these in some nice old frames, and save them for my daughter. she will be 18 soon, and I am starting to collect things for her that she can have when the day comes that she moves out. :( but at least I can send her with some cute things! I am new to all of this, but have become a follower :) ahayes133@comcast.net

  5. i follow your blog...joynercb@gmail.com

  6. i think i would use them as a gift for my son and his new wife for their kitchen...love them

  7. I really love this idea! :) In about 10 seconds I'll be your newest follower!

    PS - Versatile Blogger alert for you - you've been nominated...


  8. I would love to add these to the wall in my kitchen, because it's already orange (and the pictures have hints!). The perfume one would be perfect in my bathroom, though.
    Kerri at HollyMuffin

  9. Apply an even layer of clear satin varnish to the surface. Allow drying for at least 24 hours. The final crackle effect should appear within 24 hours.