Time - This entire process took about 15 minutes. If you have a more complicated design, make sure to add time.
Vintage Saw - Make sure it has a wooden handle - I love to find ones with fun designs in them. The one I have for this project is the smallest one I've ever found and I just love it!
Steel Wool - Get ready for some good old scrubbin'
Gloves - I use latex gloves - that steel wool can give you some nasty slivers!
Paint Pen - For writing on saws I like to use oil based Sharpie Paint Pens. I recommend a medium point - I feel like it's easiest to manage while writing on metal.
Design - You can always use a stencil - don't feel like you have to be an amazing artist to make beautiful things! My design process includes doing some pencil sketching and then just going for it. On saws I love paying homage to their roots and doing something outdoorsy - mountains, trees, quotes about mountains...or trees.
Let's Get Started!
STEP 1: You want to be sure your saw is clean (or as clean as you'd like it to be). The best way to do this is to don your gloves and scrub away at the gunk and rust with steel wool (and a little water). Wipe it down with a damp paper towel to see your results and decide if you'd like to go at it again, or if you have the right amount of rustic.