Skip to main content

{TUTORIAL} DIY "EAT" Sign

What do you do when you want a 5 foot wide EAT sign made of wood?  You could grab a beverage of choice, sink into your favorite chair, and do some online shopping ... or .... search your scrap wood stash and make it yourself!




This was so easy and actually, the hardest part was deciding which font to use for the letters.    

Supplies I used:
  • 5' x  12" pine board (I learned that a 12" board is actually 11-1/2"!!!)
  • Contact paper
  • White paint pen for outlining
  • Sherwin Williams Dover White paint for letters (from my cabinet/trim touch up jar)
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • (3) 1" disposable paint brushes (because I don't like to clean them)
  • Small artist's brush
  • Minwax Ebony Stain
  • Silhouette Cameo or scissors


There are many ways to use stencils and for this project I adhered the design (the letters and stripes) on the board and traced around them with a paint pen.  It made it really easy to visualize precisely how they would look on the board. 

To get started, I lightly sanded the board on all sides except the back - just enough to remove any splinters - and wiped the board with a slightly dampened paper towel.   Then applied the stain (2 coats) and let dry overnight.

Next, I determined the height of my letters and selected a font (Times New Roman).  Each letter is 9" tall.  The three stripes on each end of the sign are 1-1/2" wide each - two are 7" long and the middle stripe is 9" long.

I cut the letters and stripes out of contact paper with my Silhouette, removed the paper backing and positioned them on the board, using a tape measure to ensure they were evenly aligned the same distance from the top and bottom.  (Got caught up in the process and didn't take a pic of this step.)



There was a 1" space between the letters and the bottom of the board, and a 2" space between the bottom stripe and the bottom of the board and the stripes are spaced 1-1/2" apart. If you don't have a Silhouette cutter, you can trace your design on the contact paper and cut out by hand with scissors. 

When I was pleased with the alignment of the letters and stripes, I traced around each using the white paint pen.  After about 5 minutes, I removed the contact paper and was left with the outline of each letter and stripe on my stained board.




Using a 1" paint brush and a small artist's brush, I filled in each letter and stripe using the white paint.  I let the first coat of white paint dry for 4 hours and applied a second coat. 



The next day, I distressed the lettering by dipping my paint brush in the dark stain and wiping on a paper towel, leaving just a bit of stain on the brush.  With light strokes, I brushed over the white letters and stripes in the direction of the wood grain (horizontally on the board) until I was happy with the look.



"We" then placed two sawtooth hangers on the back of the sign and it's now comfortably at home above our dining room windows.  I wanted it to almost entirely fill the space above the windows and it does just that. 

This was a no spend project as I had all the supplies on hand.  Love it when I can reuse and repurpose existing items. 






I encourage you to give it a try!  If you mess up or don't like what you've done, just flip the board over, use the back side, and start over again.  If you make one, would love to hear how it turned out!


Thank you to Weekend Craft , From Evija With Love, and Oh My Heartsie Girl for graciously featuring this post!



Sharing with:

Comments

  1. love your Eat sign.. Turned out beautiful..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Judy! Appreciate your comment!!! :)

      Delete
  2. Carolyn, it's lovely! You did a great job!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So sweet of you, Bless! It's wonderful to have you pop by to check in. :)

      Delete
  3. This turned out so cute! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop on My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Jennifer! It was so much fun to make! Thanks for hosting the Blog Hop - excited to be included. :)

      Delete
  4. Super cute sign! Your painting looks fabulous....distressed just right to look old and worn.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I appreciate that, Jamie! Had initially planned to sand it to distress but using just a bit of paint on the brush did the trick. Thanks for stopping by!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love how this turned out!!! Looks great above your pretty shutters. Good job! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! We are so glad we had the shutters installed - they've been wonderful. The sign is a nice option instead of curtains/valances that might distract from our view. :)

      Delete
  7. This is just gorgeous! I want one now! lol I wish I could make things like this. I'm so glad I found you on the Live Love Rowe Pinterest Party. Followed and Pinned (jody53)

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is awesome and I love that it cost you nothing. Those are definitely the best projects. I need to get a Silhouette. I have seen some amazing projects using them.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Jody & Michelle - Thank you so much for popping in! The Silhouette made it a little easier by being able to cut the adhesive letters much quicker. But, without a Silhouette you could print the letters on cardstock, cut them out by hand, and use spray adhesive to temporarily attach them to the board for tracing (or trace the letters directly on the Contact paper and cut out manually). I've only recently begun to use my Silhouette more regularly - before that I did everything manually and it worked just fine. I think you'll be really surprised at how easy it is to make a sign that's personalized for your home in just the size you need. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out! Thanks again!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Carolyn, I absolutely love your sign and have chosen it as one of my features this week on Wordless Wednesday link party. simply stunning! https://fromevijawithlove.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/wordless-wednesday-link-party-4-june/

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great job, I love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a beautiful design. Thank you for sharing this on the #HomeMattersParty and I hope you will come back and share again.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow, I love your sign and the tutorial is great too. You did a wonderful job!

    Thanks so much for joining the #sundaysdownunder link up. I've pinned your post.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Frugal Craft Space - File Cabinet Makeover

After years of having our kitchen island serve as my craft table, I am excitedly creating a craft space in our guest room where craft supplies and equipment can remain set up and ready to go!  I envisioned a large craft table supported by two 2-drawer file cabinets.  The cabinets provide great storage, but were less than attractive and desperately needed a makeover.




The first criteria for the new craft space was to be frugal and to use items we already had on hand whenever possible - basically, the same criteria for any project we undertake. No surprise there!



 Supplies:

Two metal 2-drawer file cabinets
Four decorative drawer pulls
Zinsser 123 Primer
Latex Paint
12 large wood paint stir sticks
Paint brush
Mitre saw box or hand saw 
Loctite Power Grab adhesive
220 grit sandpaper
Wood filler


We already had one file cabinet and located another of the exact same height at a local thrift store for only $15.  Along with being thrifty, an added bonus is that older metal file cabinets are made really well…

DIY Console Table Reveal

Last weekend we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and turned our garage into a workshop as we measured, measured again, cut, assembled and sanded the boards that would result in this beauty ....







To say that we like it is an understatement!  

This journey began with the need to replace our drastically undersized original console table and you can read more about that HERE.



Our inspiration was Ana White's Rustic X Console.  We followed Ana's wonderful free plans to construct the frame using 2" x 2" and 2" x 4" boards.  These were the only boards we had to purchase, as we had the two shelf boards (1" x 12" each) and three tabletop boards (2" x 6" each) on hand.

The finished dimensions are a whopping 76-1/2" x 18" x 32" - a little over 6 feet, making it much more appropriately sized for our 18' long wall (our original console table was only 42".)

You'll notice a few additional foyer changes as well.  The wall was…

{TUTORIAL} How to Make Book Pages Look Old

It's no secret that our home is filled with an abundance of book page décor, and it's only rivaled by monograms and burlap!  But, finding old books that don't smell musty and well ... just OLD, is hard to do.  I love the character of aged book pages, but not the scent of years of being stored in dark, damp spaces. 

Fortunately, years ago I discovered that you can give not-so-old books an aged appearance, thanks to tea staining.


And, it takes very few supplies:


~~Book pages
~~8 tea bags
~~Baking sheet
~~Rectangular dish
~~Paint brush
~~Saucepan
~~3 cups water




Will show you three different methods for applying the tea to the book pages:  Soaking in tea solution, applying tea solution with a paint brush, and applying tea solution with a tea bag.

The longer the pages soak in the tea solution, the darker they get.  Or, if you're using the brush on method with a paint brush or tea bag, the pages become darker with each application. 

Let's get started!

To begin, preheat oven to 170 …