DIY Vintage Inspired Wooden Number Signs


These signs were custom order for a client and I really enjoyed making them. I used my Silhouette machine to stencil the numbers but if you can freehand then more power to you.

First I cut all 3 plywoods (12x10) and painted front and back with Annie Sloan Old White. Then I designed a number font on my Sihlouette machine and printed it out on a vinyl roll. I placed the vinyl stencil onto the wood and painted it black (I used Home Depot's Chalk Paint line in Carbon). Once I let it dry I sealed it with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

I wanted it to look more vintage weathered (like it's been sitting outside) so I heavily distressed and dark waxed on the edges and various parts of the numbers. Once I was happy with the look then I clear waxed it again. 

These came out cuter than I imagined and I'm really happy.

 

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Write On Any Teacups With A Sharpie


So I've been wanting to do this project for quite some time since I saw it on Pinterest. & there was also a shop on etsy who made these similar vintage teacups with words but they were just too expensive plus international shipping because it's coming from the United Kingdom.

I found this white & gold vintage teacup at an estate sale & it was perfect for this project.

God knows I'm not an artist & I rarely freehand my handmade signs. This is where my Silhouette Cameo becomes my assistant. All I had to do was pick a font & the size I wanted & have my Silhouette cut the stencil for me. But if you can totally freehand your work then I'm completely jealous of you.

Because all cups are curved, in order to straighten your word out, cut small slits around the vinyl to manipulate it. Once you have your vinyl on the right place then fill it with your sharpie marker. When you're done peel off the vinyl and place your cup on a baking sheet. Bake it in a 350 degrees oven for 30 minutes. This will embed the marker onto the cup so the word won't come off and you can hand wash it after use.

This was a super easy project to do. Took me about 20 minutes minus the half hour of baking time. I love it and it looks chic.

 

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DIY LUCKY Horseshoe Sign

For this project I wanted to make a rustic sign to utilize a horseshoe I had purchased at an antique store. I used three pieces of reclaimed wood at 25 inches in length and the overall height came out to 7 1/2 inches.

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Front of the sign.

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Back of the sign. (I glued smaller pieces of wood to hold the sign together along with screws for added support.)

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I wanted my letters to be the same height as my horseshoe so I measured the horseshoe and created the stencils with my Silhouette Cameo. Once I spaced the letters out, I painted it with white acrylic.

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Finally I nailed the horseshoe down onto the wood then finished the sign with clear wax.

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How To Hang Anything That Has Two Brackets


I wanted to show you guys a quick and easy way to hang picture frames, coat racks, or basically anything with double brackets on the back. In this tutorial I'll be hanging my coat rack I recently painted.

TOOLS YOU NEED:

  • 2 screws
  • Masking tape or painters tape
  • Level
  • Power Drill
  • Power Screwdriver
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Use a masking tape or painters tape to connect one point of the bracket to the other. 

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Mark the center point of each bracket with a sharpie onto your tape. This will be a guide to where to drill your holes for the screws.

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Always. Always. Always use a level. Adjust your tape accordingly until it's leveled. It might take you a few tries and that's ok. We're only human.

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Drill a hole on the mark of your tape and attached your screw. After both screws are attached you can peal off the tape.

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Lastly, hang up your object and do one more level check and bask on your accomplishment for getting things done on your own.

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DIY Pallet "EAT" Sign


I wanted to break in my new Craftsman jigsaw and what better way to do that by making an "EAT" sign for the kitchen (this has been on my project list for a really long time). I've seen a few tutorials on Pinterest on making this particular sign (http://www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com/2012/05/eat-letters-from-reclaimed-lumber.html) but it really depends on where you're placing it and the amount of room you have to work with and that should determine the size of your letters.

I started with the letter "T" first and that should give you a good start on what size the rest of the letters will be.

My letters ended up being 15 inches in height and 7 1/2 inches in width. But like I said, it depends on where you're hanging the sign.

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The compact jigsaw was super easy to use and it has an LED light that helps you see your cut. The only downside I have is the saw dust that builds up on the front of the blade which made it difficult for me to see my cut trace but I just blew on it here and there.

Other than that the cuts were extremely smooth and I'll definitely use this tool again on small projects like these.

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I used Mending Plates (comes in a pack of 4 for $2.00 at the local hardware store) to connect the pieces together for each letter.

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I did do some light sanding but no clear finish on it cause I already like the tones on the wood itself.

Total cost of this project was $6 (mainly just the cost of the Mending Plates). 

 

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"You Are My Happy" DIY Sign


I wanted to make a rustic sign that would be perfect for Valentine's Day and easy to do. Plus I had leftover wooden planks from a previous project that I needed to use.

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  • Each plank measures 3 1/4 x 14 inches (I used 4 planks)
  • I also notched the outside planks but you don't have to do that.
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  • To keep the planks together, I attached a thin piece of plywood that measures 12 x 12 on the back and screwed it into place.
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  • I didn't really like how "brand new" the wood looked. I needed it to appear aged, like it's been sitting outside. To create this weathered condition above, I just brushed the wood with a mixture of vinegar and steel wool (you can find plenty of tutorials on the mix on pinterest).
  • I then let the vinegar mix soak into the wood for 24 hours and after a light sanding (with a 120 grit sandpaper) you will get a greyish wash just like the picture above.
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  • I went to my trusty Silhouette Cameo to design and print out the words onto a vinyl sheet. If you don't have a Silhouette Cameo, you can also use pre made letter stickers found at any hobby store.
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  • Once I placed the vinyl and secured it to the wood. I painted the entire sign white but you can choose any color you like.
  • While the paint is still wet, peel off the stickers (if you wait till the paint is dry, then when you go to peel the stickers off some of the paint might come off with it) and you would have to start over and that's not fun.
  • Lastly, finish it off with a clear coat.
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