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.

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.  



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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(before)

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(before)

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.

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(before)

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



Thanksgiving Sign | Thanksgiving Printable

Last month I shared with you a Fall Sign that I made for Thanksgiving and my fall décor.  I love it so much, and love that it makes me sing and think about one of my all time favorite hyms…”Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”  I had one small wall in my office/craft room that was still empty and I was having a hard time deciding what to put there…till now.

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I wanted to have a permanent reminder of my favorite song YEAR ROUND rather than just around Thanksgiving.  I like the way it helps to remind me and put things into perspective.

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I simply took a left-over piece of wood from one of our past projects and sanded it to a nice smooth finish.  I spray painted it white.  When it was dry I cut out a stencil on my Silhouette that I designed and then placed it onto the board.

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Then I simply made sure to cover the entire board except for the letters that I wanted yellow.  I wanted the sign to be really simple, clean and fresh looking.

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My board is 24 inches in length but as you can see you could shorten yours a bit if you don’t like the length.  I personally like it this long with the quote only taking up a small portion of the board.

And…of course I want to share it with you.  So I am sharing the stencil with you so that you can make your own Thanksgiving Sign.  I also quickly turned the stencil into a Thanksgiving Printable for those of you who might just want to print something out and stick it in a picture frame.

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You can download the free printable|stencil here:

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{Thanksgiving Sign}

 

P.S.  Did you see the mistake I made? :)  Had to fix that one!  Oopsie!

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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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