Kitchen Wood Sign

*This is a collaboration with Cricut.  However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

We are in full swing summer over here.  Are you?  I was looking forward to having my schedule slow down a bit so we could have some lazy days and so we could sleep in.  I have managed to sleep in twice.  I have spent the last two days just recuperating from summer and everyone’s different schedules.  I feel like the older my kids get, the crazier life is…can anyone relate?

Anyways, that is why things have been a little more quiet here on the blog.  I got my act together to finally share with you this wood sign that we made for kitchen.

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I love pairing older, vintage items with new items.  I am not quite sure how that developed, but it seems that my style has been heading in this direction for a while now and I just love it.  Of course, I couldn’t find any real vintage signs that I LOVED and that I could afford, so of course I decided to make one.

I used my vintage Dr. Pepper Crate that holds my spices as an inspiration for how to make this kitchen wood sign look aged.

To make a similar sign you will need the following materials:

  • pine board (4 ft long by 7.5 inches)
  • wood stain
  • white paint
  • red paint (or paint color of your choice)
  • sand paper
  • paint brushes
  • a stencil or vinyl letter stickers
  • picture hangers (or a wire and two screws)

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Cut your board to the dimensions that will work with your space.  Our board measured 4 feet in length by  ft in height.  Sometimes your hardware stores will cut the wood for you if you ask nicely and they are not super busy!

Sand the surfaces and the edges of your board.  Stain your wood and wipe off the excess stain with a dry cloth.  Let it dry overnight.

Paint the board white over your stain.  Let it dry completely.

Cut out your vinyl letters on your vinyl cutting machine.  I used my Cricut Explore machine to make the GROCERY letters.  If you have a Cricut Machine you can make this project RIGHT NOW by clicking on the MAKE IT NOW button below.

If you don’t have access to a machine, you can print out the letters on your printer and make an old fashioned stencil or use freezer paper.  The font I used is called Old Style.

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Place the stickers or the stencil on your board.  Paint over the stickers with the paint color you want your sign to be…in our case it was red paint.  Before the paint dries carefully peel up the vinyl letters.  I found the sooner you can peel them up, the better chance you have of getting smooth lines.  Otherwise, the paint can dry and cause tears that you might have to touch up.

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After the stickers are peeled up, let the paint dry completely.  Overnight works best so that the paint has fully set before you sand the board.

Now distress your board by sanding it all over in the areas you want the stain to show through.  Distress it to your style and taste.

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I like a fair amount of distressing.  My rule of thumb is to start out with less because you can always go back and add more distressing rather than fixing something that is too distressed!

Now attach the picture hangers to the back (or a good old wire with two screws) so that you can hang the sign where you want it on your wall.

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I love the little splash of color it adds to our fairly white and bright kitchen.  I also love that it ties in with the distressed Dr. Pepper Crate Spice Rack.  And, this project is a fairy simple and inexpensive one.  All you really need to buy is the board since most people have stain and paint laying around their houses.

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Want to make this project now?  Click on the button below to be taken directly to the project!

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What kind of sign would you want to put in your kitchen?

Interested in checking out the rest of our kitchen remodel? Check out this post we shared earlier.

Kitchen Tour

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*This is a collaboration with Cricut.  However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.  I was given compensation and or product for this post.  But am responsible for all my own opinions.  



The New Cricut Explore™

You guys…

I have a secret I have been keeping…

for a long time.

And I am finally able to share part of that secret with you today!

As you know, I love a great crafting tool.  I LOVE anything that allows me to actually create something beautiful that starts as a thought and idea in my crowded little brain.  If you LOVE the creativity process as much as I do, then you know exactly what I am talking about.

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Before I get ahead of myself, let me back up…so I can tell you a bit about my journey over the last several months.

Over a year ago I was contacted by my friends from Cricut.  They wanted to talk to me about a new “top secret” machine that was in the works.  I was intrigued…but I had only used a Cricut machine a couple of times before in my life.  I had other means of doing things but was interested in what they had to say.  So I went, and learned, and signed all sorts of Non-Disclosure contracts ;).

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Cricut’s new machine sounded promising, but without actually having the machine at my fingertips, I was reluctant…and told them so and that was that.  Some time passed and in April, some more discussions took place,  yet I was still reluctant.  I am a visual learner so I needed something concrete, but the new machine was still in production and beta testing.

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Finally, this fall, I connected with Cricut again and made arrangements to go out to their headquarters and actually see and use the new Cricut Explore for myself.

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You guys!  I was not prepared for how much I would love the Cricut Explore Cutting Machine.  Like so much so, that I actually gasped…outloud…twice!  Once when I saw the Cricut Explore open and once when I saw how beautifully it could script out calligraphy.  And if you know me…calm and collected Amy…that is saying a lot.  I got a little bit out of control with excitement.  But no worries…I regained my composure again quickly.  haha!

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I was given a machine in early December to start playing with and have been working with the Cricut team behind the scenes on some really fun things.  In fact, I have about 10 projects right now that will be featured in the Cricut Marketplace (in just a few weeks) that others (like YOU) will be able to click a button and reproduce EXACTLY on their end…

I KNOW!! Right?!

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I have told you before how very careful and deliberate I am about the things I share with you here.  I actually am very picky and turn down several opportunities that come my way,  if I don’t think it is a product or a company I can stand behind completely.  I think it is a reflection on me and I don’t want to abuse your trust in any way.  So, with that being said,  I want you to know that I will ALWAYS be completely honest in what I share here with you.

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And just so you know…I am loving this new machine and it’s capability.  I have a feeling it is going to take my creating to a new level…and that is exciting for me.  I have so many ideas floating around in my head that involved new mediums…and that my friends…

makes me giddy…giddy like a little school girl…

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Ashish Arora | Cricut CEO

In the meantime, I will continue to be working closely with Cricut behind the scenes and will keep you updated.  I will also be sharing an in-depth look into the new Cricut | Explore™ Machine so you can see what I am so excited about.

The Cricut Explore™ system blends an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space™, the free online design software, to help you make polished DIY projects. Create by using the hundreds of ready-to-make projects, the 50,000+ images from the Cricut® library or by uploading your own images. You can even use the Cricut® cartridges you already own by simply uploading them into the machine (which can only be done once and to one machine).

The Cricut | Explore™  will be available February 12th on HSN and in stores March 15!

Want a sneak peek of one of my projects?  Coming soon…

Feel free to ask any questions you have…I will try to answer all of them to the best of my ability or ask one of my contacts at Cricut for you.

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The pictures in this post are from a Cricut Event that was on January 20 and 21st, just a couple of weeks ago.  Cricut invited several bloggers to an amazing event to release their new machine, Cricut Explore, so you may have already heard some rumblings about it.  All of the items shown in the pictures were created with the Cricut Explore.

click on the image above to see the latest Cricut products…

And…by the way this is not a sponsored post.



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