Kitchen Wood Sign

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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.


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)


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.

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.

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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Kitchen Tour Updated

Over two years ago we remodeled our 30+ year old Kitchen, but you know how it goes…if you give a girl a paint brush…

And so after a lot of hard work, elbow grease and kids projects, homework, sports and life…we are almost officially finished with our kitchen.  Now, I am sure I will continue to make some small changes here and there because, let’s be honest…I really enjoy changing things up, but for the most part we can cross this project off our “to do” list.

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When we started 2 years ago, we had plans to just repaint the fronts of the cabinets since we thought they were still in pretty good shape.   We knew we also needed to get new countertops. When we moved in the countertops were tiled with large floor tiles and the grout was in terrible condition…and even though I spent hours chlorox-ing every single grout line…I still kind of felt like the grout was filled with germs.

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We also had plans to lay down new flooring.  We had already sanded down the floors and refinished them when we had first moved in 10 years earlier, but I wanted dark wood flooring and the wood we had would not stain as dark as I had wanted.  The other room you can see off to the right of the above picture is my home office/craft room if you are interested in checking that out.

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We also knew we had to fix a terrible patching job the previous owners had made on the kitchen ceiling.  They had removed a panel of cupboards that sat right above this bar but had not done a great job filling in the hole.  We knew it was going to take some serious elbow grease to repair and wondered how good the results would be.  So we decided to add a wood plank ceiling to hide the ugly and I have LOVED how it turned out.



When decided to hire out for the countertops and the wood flooring and do all of the tear out and the rest of the remodel ourselves to save as much money as possible.  When we tore out the countertops, we realized that half of the cabinets were in terrible condition including the sink and dishwasher cabinets which were rotted out.  So we made the decision to replace the cabinets too.


The big boys were great helpers and actually begged to help us with the tearing out process.  I think they were enjoying being destructive.

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After the flooring was in, the cabinets were put in…we had some drama with this when the guy installing our cabinets was upset about something at work unrelated to our job (we could hear him on the phone) and then stormed out in the middle of the job quitting right on the spot…#awkward.  So we had to call the company and work out getting a new installer.  Turns out the original installer had made some big mistakes on our install and others and someone had to come in and fix his mistakes.

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After finally getting them installed correctly, we were waiting on the countertop to be delivered, we had someone come and replace the kitchen window with a window that would actually open.  When the window installer was taking out the old window, he dropped it and it busted one of the top sections of the new sink cabinet.  Seriously?  So we had to wait for his company to pay the cabinet company and for the cabinet to be remade.  Oh…and did I mention that the husband was out of town during the entire floor laying and cabinet breaking fiascos?  I really don’t like dealing with stuff like that!

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(The opening to the other room (with the brick) is our Family Room.  I will be sharing the updates to that room soon as well).

When all of that drama got taken care of we were able to have the countertops installed.  The installation of that went flawless and I was so happy to have my kitchen almost back in order.  At least we were able to move the refrigerator (which was in the family room) and the stove (which was on the back porch) back into place!

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We installed the backsplash by ourselves and went with a very practical and neutral white subway tile.  Since I love to change things up we wanted to be sure we had something that would be able to change with us.  I also LOVE how bright and clean it makes the kitchen feel.

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During the whole process, we kept our eyes open for a kitchen table that would fit our entire family.  Our current kitchen table only fit 6 people around it and we needed space for 7.  The table had worked fine for us up to that point because we had the youngest in her high chair.  She had since outgrown the high chair and so we were forced to pull up an extra chair every meal for her to sit in and it wouldn’t work out much longer.  But our kitchen has a weird square space and a door that encroached on the dining area that made it hard to find a table that would be large enough for our family to fit on.  The ones we found that would work were WAY out of our budget…so we decided to make one!  Knowing our history, we knew we could make one to fit our needs and taste perfectly.

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 We will be sharing the tutorial for how we made the kitchen table here shortly.  I will add the link here when we have it.  We picked up the linen chairs from RC Willey (after much searching) and the cross back wood chairs from a small local furniture store who we LOVE! I can email you the information if you are interested.  She searched for the perfect chair and special ordered them for us!


We also made the white dish hutch.  I had always wanted a hutch to display some colorful dishes but because our space was so limited we couldn’t find anything in our price range that we loved.  So…we designed one according to our space and built it to fit our style.  I LOVE it!  We are also planning on sharing our plans and a tutorial here shortly.


We also built this fresh herbs box that we have in our kitchen window.  I shared with you the first phase of that herb box and will update you with the final tutorial in an upcoming post.  So you get a little sneak peek of the finished herb box.  I also made the herb sign below which I will be sharing in another upcoming tutorial (guess I better get writing some tutorials…).  It hangs right as you come in the kitchen from the front door which is to the left of the refrigerator.


 The large sign we have hanging by the kitchen table is one that we got from Between You and Me Signs.  It has now become one of my favorite areas of the new kitchen.


We put in the wainscoting in one of the earlier phases of our kitchen remodel several years ago which I shared in an earlier post.  We also added some crown molding.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments which is a nice soft blue with gray undertones.  I LOVE it.  I LOVED it so much I used it to repaint my daughter’s room.

We bought our stools from Amazon here…Kitchen stools.


The doorway you can see at the end of the above photo is the entrance to our Laundry Room, if you are interested in checking that out.

I made the GROCERY sign that is hanging over our pantry.  To see the tutorial for the Grocery Sign go here:

Wood Grocery Sign Tutorial

And finally, the sliding doors were replaced a few years earlier with the French Door.  We shared how we framed in the door in an earlier post.


The spice rack that you can see in the pictures by the stove is one that I made out of an old Dr. Pepper Soda Crate.   The labels on the flour and sugar glass canisters I have on the counter were purchased on Amazon here…Kitchen Labels.  But I swear I only paid half that amount…because I would have made my own for that price….

Anyways, I am so happy to finally have it finished.  But once, we finished the kitchen, everything else in my house didn’t “fit”.  Not the MAJOR expensive home furnishings, you know…but the paint colors.  You know…because if you give a mouse a cookie, she is going to want a glass of milk…. So I had to freshen up the other rooms by repainting  them.  Everything is almost finished and it feels so good.  We have been working on our first starter home and this home for about 17 years now and this momma is ready to be done.

Wood Sign Giveaway–Between You & Me

We started the remodel of our kitchen 2.5 years ago and we are finally putting the finishing touches in here.  It has been a long process with us doing most of the work ourselves.  With 5 active kids, jobs, and the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it has taken us some time to get to this point.  Not to mention that once we re-did the kitchen, it spiraled into wanting to re-paint the rest of the house, and once you re-paint, you want to re-do a lot of other things.  I am really close to sharing with you a house tour if you are interested, I just have a few things to finish up.  In the meantime, check out this lovely sign that found a home in our kitchen.


We had this space by the kitchen table and hutch that I was having a difficult time finding something for this space.  I decided that I wanted to make a sign to go here and began looking around for some inspiration pieces.  I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this sign from Between You & Me Signs.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  If you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of typography signs.   I love the power of words and wanted to have something prominent in my home to remind us what we as a family believe and aspire to.

At Between You And Me Signs, each sign is completely customizable to your family values, favorite scriptures, inspirational quotes, or unique phrases. All are hand-made out of solid wood, then vintaged and distressed. No two signs are identical.


Between You & Me Signs would like to give ONE Idea Room reader a 2×2 OR a 4×2 sign of their choice.  You can choose a sign they already have in their Between You and Me Shop or have one custom made.  If you would like to be entered for a chance to win your own sign, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter Box below.

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I am seriously in love with my new sign.  So much so, that I had them make me a “No Empty Chairs” Sign which is our family motto.  Which means that we don’t want to have any family members missing from our family.  Each and everyone of our family members have an important and valid place in our home.  It also has some religious meaning to us as well as we long to be an eternal family.  No matter what your beliefs are, I am sure you have something significant to you and your family that you would love to have displayed in your home. 

And if by chance you don’t win, Between You and Me Signs is offering all Idea Room Readers a 10% discount on any sign.  Be sure to enter the coupon code IDEAROOM upon checkout.


*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on March 17, 2014. One winner will receive a gift certificate as specified above.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using and will be notified via email within 24 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winners must respond within 24 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

DIY Kitchen Hutch–Behind the Scenes

I have been doing a lot of thinking the past few months about the state of this little blog of mine.  I don’t even know how many of you are still coming regularly as daily readers or if most of you are popping in from another site and then leaving.  It seems that blogging is evolving and either way, whatever way you are here…I want to thank you for your continued support.

I feel like I have pulled away a bit personally on here and in large part it has been due to some personal struggles which I have been dealing with over the last year.  This last year has been a doozy and I am ready to put it behind me.

But, as far as the blog goes, I have decided that I need to interject myself back into my site more and involve you more with some of the behind the scenes and our family life.  I realize that blogs show the prettiest pictures with scenes that have been carefully staged.

I feel like there may be some of you interested in HOW I come up with creating a design to go in my home or how I go about working on a design or a creation.  Are there any of you who may be interested in this?  I realize this puts me in a more vulnerable position as you see things in real time.


So…with that said, I would like to share how we built a kitchen hutch for displaying dishes.  We recently remodeled our kitchen last year and I just shared how we added wood planks to our ceiling.  The reason I have not shared anymore is because the kitchen is still not completely finished.  Five kids, work schedules and family life has a way of making it hard to find time to get everything finished…but we are getting really close.  I thought I would share more of the step-by-step process.

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I tend to always get these ideas in my head of how I want something to look.  I first started visualizing a dish hutch in my kitchen when I spotted this picture.  I LOVED the idea of having white dishes displayed in a white hutch.  I am obsessed with white lately!

Love the white on white cupboards and dishes.

(image source: Hooked on Houses)

So I drew up a plan to build a hutch knowing I couldn’t fork over the dough to purchase the one I really wanted…like this one from Restoration Hardware.  I also have a fairly small area in my kitchen where it would go and we needed it to fit some specific dimensions so that we could fit it next to our table in the dining area we have.  We also are able to fit it to our specific needs and tastes.

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Since we could no longer find this particular image on the RH website anymore, we could not get the specific dimensions which we could use to plan our own.  So my math whiz of a husband, Mr. Idea Room, took measures (literally) into his own hands. Don’t ask me how he figured it out, but he came up with a proportional design.

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Then with a basic drawing and some measurements, we head to our local hardware store and spend some time looking at what is available and picking out the type of wood and molding pieces we will need to give us a look as close to what we are picturing in our heads.

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Sometimes this involves a lot of discussion that we must carry out while sitting in the molding aisle.  Yep! Pretty classy right?! Because sometimes we think we both have the SAME idea in our head only to find out we don’t.  The employees know us well and often help us in our planning sessions.  Ha ha!

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Sometimes they will even cut our plywood in nice straight lines for us so we have perfect cuts to make sides and shelves for our hutch.  Thanks Nathan!  This was part of our Friday date night.

Then first thing Saturday morning we get started.  Lots of cutting wood, gluing and measuring and measuring again.

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And here you can see where we usually work on our projects…right in the garage where my car is supposed to go.  We actually have TWO separate projects happening right now.  One project is our kitchen table that is almost done (which is a miracle in and of itself considering we started it last November)!!!  The other is the beginnings of the kitchen hutch.

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We built the bulk of it in about 7 hours on Saturday.  This included the time it takes for the glue to dry and set before being able to move on the next portions.

Since we do have 5 kids, we usually are working while trying to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble.  So we have encouraged them to work right along side us.  We have a big box of scrap wood that the kids are allowed to use for their own projects.

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They have built boats, stools, “creative thingys” and so forth.  This particular day the two girls decided to build a doll house for their La La Loopsy Dolls.  We cut all the wood for them if they want the wood to be a certain size but they do all the hammering of nails, wood glue, screws and painting themselves.

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But, the kids are not always this entertained with building.  Sometimes they build a big huge fort in the house or play outside in the sprinklers…and I always have a big mess to “help” them clean up afterwards.


Then this past Wednesday, we had a state holiday.  My husband had the day off from work so we decided to spend the first half of the day finishing up the hutch and more of the kitchen table.  We had to just some finish work and then the sanding and painting.  I think this picture my daughter took of me painting is pretty hilarious. I had no idea he was back there relaxing while I was slaving away :)…figures (hehe)!

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I can’t wait to share the final picture.  Oh…and we might have accidently banged the top on the door when we were carrying this beast into the kitchen…so a minor repair must be made before she is ready to show…oopsie!


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