Quba is a small chain of fashion clothing retail outlets specialising in nautical apparel.
The directors of the company asked us to manufacture signs for the new store in Cheltenham. The brief was to make the signs look as though they were there for 100 years.
The main fascia sign was made from reclaimed hardwood planks, which were rebated and joined with a frame fixed to the planks to form the sign.
We then stained and varnished the sign and the lettering was hand painted and gilded in 24ct gold leaf.
Next the sign was distressed! This involved using various techniques such as sanding over the sign, applying a wash over colour which was ragged off.
Finally a final matt finish was applied. The sign was fitted to the new shop front which looked very out of place compared to our “old sign” so we set about distressing the shop front. Again, we ragged off a wash over colour, sanded for effect and applied two coats of matt finish varnish.
As well as the main fascia sign and work to the shop front, we carried out extensive work to the inside of the shop. This included applying a wash and ageing the interior panelling, and hand signwriting text/phrases to both interior and exterior walls and then distressing all work to ensure that it was keeping with the rest of the “feel” of the shop.
The final result as you can see if a shop that “appears” to be from another age.