Recent work: hand painted restaurant branding logo on distressed wood in San Diego

This bit of sign painting at Gravity Heights Brewery in San Diego was in the works for about 8 months. The client wanted to put a brand inside the restaurant space with the logo hand painted onto a distressed wood slat wall background. The slats had a lot of texture to them, as well as about 3/8” of space between them.

With highly textured rough surfaces, the goal from my end is to make it appear to viewers that the logo is one solid piece — almost as if the texture disappears. That means I’ll need to do extra work with the brush to fill in the texture areas smoothly.


Working around construction sites at the late stage the I usually come into the picture often means I work around other trades — here some cabinetry, and tile ready for installation is temporary stored. The paper pattern with the design drawn full size is transferred with charcoal onto the surface.

Working around construction sites at the late stage the I usually come into the picture often means I work around other trades — here some cabinetry, and tile ready for installation is temporary stored. The paper pattern with the design drawn full size is transferred with charcoal onto the surface.


hand painted Gravity Heights logo in San Diego detail

Some progress in hand painting this Gravity Heights logo in San Diego. Below is a time-lapse video.


The next couple of photos show the texture and the gap between the slat wall slats… all of it painted to make the logo appear to the viewer to be printed on the surface!

Gravity Heights hand painted logo in San Diego - completion detail
Gravity Heights hand painted logo in San Diego - completion detail

Gravity Heights San Diego restaurant hand painted branding logo

You might be thinking about getting this kind of project done, Do you know where to start? I can tell you - contact me, Paul Borne (president of Big City Signs) to find out more.

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