Signs of the Sagebrush Cantina, Calabasas, CA

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Some sign commissions are worth it, and some just take time, especially when it comes to restoration work. This is one that was worth it, restoring a beautiful sign as good as new. This one was painted, yet it took hour upon hour, day after day, just to repaint dry and thirsty 35 year old plywood. This was 2 sided with studio grade 5' x 10' sheets, though. - Dennis Knicely

Main Sign at Sagebrush Cantina fully restored
Main Sign at Sagebrush Cantina fully restored

Calabasas is an unusual and quite historic area, with gorgeous homes tucked in the hills, many gated. The Sagebrush Cantina has been a local icon for decades, and this was a much appreciated upgrade. Below is a before shot this same sign...

Main Sign at Sagebrush Cantina before restoration
Main Sign at Sagebrush Cantina before restoration

Next was restoration of another classic sign. Sagebrush on the wall was painted on a blank because paint had totally peeled off. It was determined this was the original sign from the Sundance Saloon, there before the Sagebrush Cantina took over in 1974. It was found up against a wall, turned backward, and barely readable. This made a dynamic hand painted sign with horse rearing in front...

Sagebrush Cantina sign over bar on front wall
Sagebrush Cantina sign over bar on front wall

The front window really tied in this entire job, giving them a front presence that had been lacking. This one was using variegated gold leaf foil with red outline and black shadow. It really stands out.

Sagebrush Cantina front window sign with variegated metal leaf
Sagebrush Cantina front window sign with variegated metal leaf
Sagebrush Cantina front window sign with mariachis
Sagebrush Cantina front window sign with mariachis

I Threw in this extra shot, just to show how large the Sagebrush Cantina is. They can seat 1500 - 2000 for special events, with 3 stages in different areas, including awesome sports bar with 20 large flat screens. And don't miss their Sunday Brunch.

Sagebrush Cantina full front view
Sagebrush Cantina full front view

For more information contact the artist: DennisKnicely@Gmail.com