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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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.

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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.  



DIY Lighted Sign

This next project ranks up in my top ten most favorite projects…ever!  Seriously.  It is really making me happy.  I LOVE lights on in the house and feel like they should be something that occurs other than just Christmas time.  I put some fun bulb lights in my office/craft room and turn them on when I need a little happiness boost.

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So why not add some fun lights to another room of the house that I spend a lot of time in with the family…the family room.  These lighted letters are quite the rage right now and I LOVE them…I didn’t want to pay the price for them and figured we could make one pretty easily.   We used up scrap pieces of wood we had from other projects and so the only thing we had to buy were the lights.

We purchased our Room Essentials white string lights from Target.  They have them online and in some stores. I also found them here: Globe Lights.

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Here is how we made our Lighted Letter Sign…

You will need the following:

Room Essential String Lights (or your own choice)

Piece of wood large enough for your letter (ours was 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall)

1/4 inch MDF cut into 3 inch strips for the edges (enough to go around all edges)

drill and a 13/16th drill bit (this bit fits the RE lights above, adjust if using different lights)

wood glue

staples or nails

sand paper

spray paint or stain (we used Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish)

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 1.  Draw out your letter and be sure to give ample room for your lights according to their size.  Cut out the letter.  Ours was 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide with the width of the letter itself was just over 5.25 inches.

We used a mitre (miter) box saw to cut the H out of the wood.  We stopped right before running into the corner of the 90 degree angles and then used our Rockwell Sonicrafter X2 (stay tuned for more details and a fun surprise…hint hint!) to cut the corners of the 90 degree angles.

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2.  We measured out where we wanted the lights to be and lined them up equal distances and marked the spot where we wanted to drill a hole with a penciled dot.

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3.  Use your drill and a 13/16th drill bit and drill a hole at each pencil mark.  Be sure to go all the way through wood.  The lights base should fit all the way into the hole without a lot of wiggle room.

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4.  Measure and cut your side strips and glue them into place with overlap in front and in back.  This will help hide the cords from the side.  We just eyeballed this until we liked the placement of it.  We used a piece of wood (that placed the strip in the right position) to be our guide so that we spaced it the same all the way around the letter.

5.  Glue and staple each strip into place and let the glue dry completely before gluing another section since you will be turning and rotating it.  Wipe off any excess drips of glue.

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6.  You can caulk any spaces or nail holes, if you would like, but we did not do this this time.  The edges were pretty smooth and I wanted a little rougher, vintage look to it.

7.  Spray paint or stain your letter.  We used Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish.  We just picked it up from our local Lowes.

8.  Take your lights and break off the small little clips.  They should break really easily with some pliers and a slight twist of your hand.

9.  Then put each light into a hole.  You can do this by unscrewing the light bulbs and putting the base underneath and up through the hole and screwing in the light bulb from above the hole.

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10.  Twist up all the cord and tie back with twist ties or some wire to keep the wires all contained and from getting all tangled or showing from the side of your letter.

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We are displaying the Lighter Letter H on top of our TV Cabinet so we don’t have to worry about hiding the electrical cord.  I am just happy we have a pretty easy straight lined last initial!  I am not sure how I would do a G….

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I LOVE how festive it makes the room feel…like it is a holiday without all the fuss and work of one!  Want to know what other projects make up some of my top ten? Check these out:

DIY Tufted Headboard

Apothecary Cabinet

Paint a Rug

Customized Towel Rack

DIY Bulletin Board

Believe Lighted Sign

Frankincense & Myrrh Christmas Gift

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Fall Sign

For those of you who follow along with The Idea Room on Facebook and Instagram, you might have noticed that I have been on a little adventure this past week.  I was invited by a group of Israeli students (who are part of the Stand With Us organization) and the Israel Tourism of Ministry, to spend 5 days with them on an amazing foodie tour,  Taste of Israel.

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Israel and so you can imagine my excitement when I received the invitation.  Truth be told, I was not sure it was legitimate due to the amount of spam mail I receive on a daily basis.  But it was real…and it happened!  I had an amazing time in so many expected and unexpected ways, and I can’t wait to share more about it with you here in later posts!

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But…today, I am going to be sharing with you a Fall Sign that I wanted to share with you while I was in Israel, but I just simply ran out of time and energy to get it ready before I left, and there were more pressing things to attend to…like snuggling with my sweet little girl and watching Despicable Me for the 27th time.

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Fall is absolutely one of my favorite seasons of the year.  I am so grateful to be able to live in an area where we have four seasons because each one brings new things to look forward too.  One of my VERY favorite songs is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” and I knew that I wanted to be reminded of this in this season of Thanks and Gratitude.

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The sign itself was really easy to make.  And the best part was that I made it with scraps of wood I had laying around from older projects…which means it was pretty much FREE!! Who doesn’t love that?!

I just took some pine tongue and groove boards (which I had left over from the kitchen plank ceiling) and cut them down to 24 inches in length.  The sign is 3 boards high and measured 11 inches in height.

I glued them onto a thin piece of plywood with the same measurements of 11 (h) x 24 (w) inches.  I then stained the wood with one of my favorite stains, Minwax’s Red Mahagony.  After it had dried, I used some thin wood strips of wood (1/4 inch by 1 inch) to make a small frame around the edges of the sign.  I stained it as well and then secured it to the edge of the sign with a couple of really small nails and some wood glue.

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Then, I cut out a stencil for the words with my Silhouette and used the vinyl as a stencil by laying it right where I wanted the words to be on the sign.  Then I covered the rest of the sign with some painters tape and paper so that the sign would not get any spray paint any place other than the words.

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Then I lightly sprayed the words with white spray paint.  This way the words have a really soft quality to them.  Then when the paint was dry, I removed the stencil and paper and ran a light sandpaper over them to give it a distressed look.

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I really like how the words are offset to one side as well.  I also love how every time I see this sign, I start singing that song.  I feel like it has been a great reminder to me for the real reason of the upcoming Holiday Season.

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And, if you are interested in the Fabric Pumpkins I also have displayed, I shared how I made them a couple of years ago here: Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial.

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