Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Weekend Sign

Do you recall my little Pet Milk Co box that I recently picked up at a flea market?

I put it on top of my hutch.

I love these little boxes and I love the color and look of the old wood.

So, I had this idea last week that I would make a couple signs to go above the empty spots over my cabinets. I have seen so many creative bloggers do these great signs that I had to try for myself.

So I went to Lowe's and picked an 8' x 7" board, cut it in half,

found some brown paint that I used to paint the boy's room. (it was perfect, I couldn't believe my luck)

I then filled a little tupperware thingy with water, loaded my paint brush and then dipped it in the water so it was about the consistency of chocolate milk.
(don' drink though :) )

Then began painting my board until I achieved the right color that I was looking for. Using the paint in the water still allowed the grain of the wood to show through which is what I was hoping it would do!

I then took the best little black paint,

dipped a papertowel in it and rubbed lightly along the board to give it some depth and that 'aged' look.

I really liked how it turned out!

I knew what I wanted to put on one of the signs. We went to Cape Cod, MA for our honeymoon and we took the boat over to Nantucket. I instantly fell in love with that little island and all of its charm.

So, I went to my Microsoft Word, found a font that I liked an printed out some stencils.

Cut them out and transfered them on to the board.

I hand painted, or hand colored in between the lines, with again, my beautiful little sample bottle of Martha Stewart black paint.


I hung it that weird empty space above the cupboards and sink. It looks off center because of the way that the wall extends over the cabinets.

(sorry, not sure why the photo got so dark, not much light in my kitchen)

But, there you have it! It was really easy to do and you can sand it or beat it to make it look more worn, but for now I think I will keep it like this.

Total price for this?


Gotta love that!!

Now, what to put on the other sign????

I am linking up to the parties on my sidebar!!


The Single Nester said...

This looks so sweet! Why Nantucket and not Emerald Cove?

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Really nice, Michelle! It totally captures the quaint feel of the island. I want to go back there!!!!!

The Frosted Gardner said...

Oh I love this! looks fab! great color! sentimental theme! Good job Michelle. (as usual!)

Red Door Home said...

Terrific job on the sign! Love it.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I love it! Proves you don't have to have a cricut or silhouette to make letter (even though I'd love one)! I love the sentiment behind it too.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Very artistic, Michelle :-) You chose a perfect word.. one that has special meaning AND works beautifully in your pretty new kitchen.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Amazing! Good thinking. Was it easy to transfer the lettering?

I am trying not to be insanely jealous of your pet wooden box.....and failing!

I thought I'd followed Emerald Cove before now but it seems I haven't so I've just pressed the follow button today! Officially, your newest fan!

Lisa said...

That is SO cute! I have been wanting to make a "Laundry" sign and bought a board today at Michael's...this is the perfect tutorial! Thanks! Your sign looks great and straight out of a store!

Annie Louise said...

Excellent! You did a great job--thanks for sharing.

Low Tide High Style said...

Your sign turned out beautifully! And what a bargain...you go girl!

Kat :)

AllieMakes! said...

Wow! This is Absolutely Fabulous!
You should come link this up at my Making It With Allie Party!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Please can I copy? I would use different words but same technique. I have a sign I want to make and I like how yours turned out!

Cathy said...

This turned out great! It really looks old and worn! Perfect!

Kelley said...

It looks great! Fabulous job.
Have a great weekend.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

The sign turned out perfect!!! I love it! I just don't have the patience for tracing and painting the letters!! Maybe I could do a stencil????

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

You did a great job. I love this sign and the weathered look of it!

Denise C said...

Fabulous! I've got to try this - and your directions will make it so easy. Thanks!

Dawn said...

It looks awesome!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!

Jessica @ Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

It's gorgeous! How did you transfer the letters onto the wood? I'm going to attempt something similar... Thanks for sharing!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Gorgeous!!! The stained background with the black lettering is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial on how you did yours!


Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Hi Michelle, great tute! Great job and I love Buffett on the tunes!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Great job on a lovely sign. I like the large letters, it's the perfect scale. This is exactly how I do my signs, I create on my computer and then print off and transfer like you do.

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

I think I might need to try one of these. Yours turned out soooo nice!

{Insert envious look here}


hmrhiggy@comcast.net said...

What font did you use? Also what point size? I am thinking of making a similar sign for in my kitchen but I am thinking I would like having it say "Eat, Drink, Be Merry" Hopefully you won't mind sharing.

Megan @ Vintage Hydrangeas said...

Thanks for such a great idea! I followed your tutorial and made a sign of the city my now husband and I first met!


Brittany @ Each Day Gets Better. said...

wow. i love that. awesome idea!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Love that. So easy and just stunning!


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