This is a quick project that I worked on for a couple days in my free time. I used:
A old metal sign
Bright red paint
Country Redwood Paint
and a few paint brushes, pencils, etc
Step 1: Prime It
My sign had old stuff on it so I painted over the whole thing with white KILZ primer. I painted it before I went to sleep so that it would be dry by the morning.
Step 2: Base Color
I used country redwood paint as a base color. I used a frisbee and traced it out in the center(left and right) but went off center (up and down). It wasn't anything exact. I left that inside of that circle white and put tape around the edges to keep the border white too. I didn't make a perfect circle with the paint because I knew I would make a border around that circle too.
Step 3: Lettering
I drew the lettering on by tracing the letters that I printed. the front of the Hogwarts express has the letters just like this so I blew up a picture and traced them. After tracing them, I cut them out and drew them on the sign.
I started painting the letters in immediately. I used yellow paint and mized a very small amount of red in. This creates a gold hue, however, It dried more yellow than when I painted it.
Craft stores also sell paint markers, that is probably a much easier solution.
Step 4: Borders
I used the frisbee again and redrew my circle. I also drew another circle around that one with the frisbee by angleing my pencil away from the frisbee. I painted this in with the same gold paint that I used for the letters. I also took off my tape around the whole sign and painted in the borders with the same paint. The circle isnt perfect because i was rushing. Being a firefighter requires me to drop what I am doing sometimes but don't rush if possible! I fixed it with the country redwood and more primer the next day when I had free time again.