Gate Painting Video Blog

Gate Painting our next adventure with video

Here I am over in sunny Kildare town, having a great ole time getting involved with some old school design and painting. Here in the video below you will get a glimpse of what goes in to producing logos on a slatted tongued and grooved gate. The few days it took to get this signage alive was filled with hot direct sun followed the odd time but lashings of rain. Great fun working outdoors.

You know it makes sense to get a new sign so get calling, I will look after you.

Newbridge Signs In Naas Co Kildare Hand Painting for Sticky Fingers

Gable End Painting – Video Blog – Newbridge Signs

Sticky Fingers Crèche in Naas, Co Kildare.

Newbridge Signs Vlog

This is the first of Newbridge Sign’s Video Blog.

Please have a little look at this one,  It is about Hand Painting a Gable End Wall.
There is so much involved in preparation and organisation, a lot goes on before we actually put brush to wall.

Plans are so important on a large scale projects. What amazes me is the amount of people that just think these signs seem to go up over night,
while this may be true for some smaller scale jobs a lot can happen outdoor working in Ireland. We are limited by the weather, hours of sunshine and also with letting the paint set between coats.

This varies on media type and location.

Here we go through some of the production of this Gable wall and front face of the newly refurbished Sticky Fingers Crèche In Naas, Opposite the Taxol Garage, Co Kildare.

We hope to have some more video content out soon so check back with us.
If you are interested in any particular topics with regards sign writing drop us a quick email and we will see what we can do for you.

Alternatively if you need work done, perhaps a new lick of paint to an older sign or you have something we can upgrade and refurbish, we love a challenge.

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Hanging Signs by Newbridge Sign Shop

Hanging Signs by Newbridge Sign Shop

Hanging signs are one of my favourite sign styles on any street scape … when done well. The effect on a street scape of  planned, crafted and well positioned hanging signs  are architecturally and aesthetically Hanging signs can be of many styles.

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They can be fixed, swinging or illuminated. Within these options they can be with raised letters , handpainted designs stainless steel or even copper.

Swinging signs like Bolands Solicitors and Hartes become a feature on a building. Handpainted ones like the Granary and The Tide Full Inn are perfect for that old shop style & very suited to pubs and heritage buildings.

I love bespoke signs like The Italian Kitchen and Urban Escape as the client wants something unique to make them stand out above the rest. The italian kitchen is made of pine and is illuminated through opal acrylic. Urban Escape is made of beaten copper and raised gold leaf letters. FiFi Belle is a see through centre sign with a crafted shoe and Art Deco styled border. As you can see, pride is taken in the making of all our hanging signs and the aim is to make a feature of them rather than just bang up any old muck which tends to lower the overall image of the shopfront. There is nothing like looking down a street and seeing an array of well executed hanging signs rather than a colllage of oversized, plastic and gaurish looking signs which dominate most high streets in Irish Towns. I have to give credit once again to the towns of west Cork and Kerry for the beautifully crafted and planned shopfronts and streetscapes which are so carefully preserved.

Fachtna Shortt

Newbridge Sign Shop
unit 7 Century Bus Pk
Newbridge Ind Est
Co. Kildare
stainless steel letters on polished concrete

Gable Signs – Newbridge Signs Kildare

Gable and Wall Signs:

Having a gable end on your premises is priceless in many respects.
It is a canvas to advertise your business, make a landmark feature and make what can be a dull blank wall an integral part of your overall external design plan.
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There are a few nice options.
  • Hand painted sign: The advantage of painting your gable is that your only limitation is the size of the Gable. you have a background colour and then you can panel it out to accommodate various colour areas to hold different information. Kavanagh’s Bar Naas uses a limey green panel, painted onto a bottle green gable, with high contrast letters and shadows to make the sign pop. This sign will age gracefully and will not need much attention in my lifetime (Bar it changes hands…. which I doubt).  Marrons of Clane also uses this panel method which allows the pharmacy to change it’s overall colour without affecting the signs. Alternatively you can paint letters directly onto the background colour, giving strong contrast and shadowing as can be seen in Sticky Fingers. Sticky Fingers was handpainted onto the gable using Acrylics. Firstly all the letters were chalked into position and the tree was positioned afterwards and then painted in using a 1 &1/2@ fitch. The wall was a nap finish so required a bit of brush work to force paint into all pits and bumps. Acrylics are brilliant and have a great life. Manzors of Clane was also done in this method and is at least 10 years old.
  • Raised letters sprayed and fixed onto a gable is also a very attractive finish. Goldleaf prismatic letters on a painted panel also look really rich and have a natural  very high reflective quality (see Muldowney). Complexions gable sign is raised and airbrushed and uses a few complimentary colours to make it work. This sign was resprayed for a change of colour and can be resprayed at any time to accommodate colour change to premises.
  • One of my favourite gable signs is the Moat Theatre which was commissioned 14 years ago on a design created by The Artist  Brid Ni Rinn and we were given the brief to create a sustainable sign in fitting with the building. This sign was made from copper, stainless steel, stained glass and copper-leaf. it looks the exact same as it did the day it went up (old and distressed). That mixed medium of stainless and titanium used in Harbour View on mass concrete is also very cool.There is another option that is mostly used nowadays print it on a panel and bang it up. It tends to have a plastic printed ra rara…look.
    I have an issue with graphic designs stuck on walls.

Fachtna Shortt

Newbridge Sign Shop
unit 7 Century Bus Pk
Newbridge Ind Est
Co. Kildare