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Thursday, July 6, 2017

DIY Vintage Kitchen Sign

Summer is here and with that comes the beautiful sunny days, blue skies and warm ocean breezes you find at the beach but it also brings the hot temps which I am not so fond of.  When the heat indices start climbing toward 110 I hibernate inside with the air conditioning, a nice glass of ice tea and a fun project.  Today is one of those days so grab your glass of sweet tea and come join me as I share how I made this cute DIY vintage kitchen sign with you. 

Vintage, Paint and more... a diy vintage kitchen sign made from a thrifted frame in a vintage vignette with two ironstone pitchers, splatter ware  pot, and blue stripe tea towel.

If you have followed me for long you know I love to take something old and outdated and make it into something new and useful again.  I just enjoy seeing what I can come up with.  This little sign was once a very dated picture I found at the Salvation Army one day when I was scavenging about.  I think it was one of those circa 1970's or 80's pictures that I saw a lot of back then.  I probably would have passed it up because the frame is actually made of plastic but I loved the oval shape and the price was just right - $2.00.

Vintage, Paint and more... a thrifted picture made into a one of a kind vintage kitchen sign

As I said I  loved the oval shape - not a usual find for me.  Usually, I find the ordinary square or rectangular frames.  I love to pick them up when I find an interesting one because I know I can transform them into something new and pretty simply by using a bit of old paint.  And, they are usually quite affordable as I rarely pay more than $2.00 for one and try to stay at $1.00 or less.  I have quite a collection of frames right now to work with.  Thank goodness because I think these hot days are here to stay for a while.

Vintage, Paint and more... making a thrifted picture into a vintage kitchen sign

I started this project by taking the picture completely apart first- back, picture, glass, and frame.  This one was put together well with little screws holding the back on.  

Vintage, Paint and more... making a thrift store picture into a vintage kitchen sign with black chalkboard paint

 I painted the frame with my favorite paint right now - Rustoleum's Black Chalkboard Paint.  I love this stuff and I have to tell you there is not a thing I have found that doesn't turn out awesome when coated with it.  It took 3 coats to cover the gold up but look how awesome it is now.  

Vintage, Paint and more... thrifted picture diy'd with paint to make a vintage kitchen sign

Next, I painted the picture.  It was a print on a very durable cardboard like-oval piece.  I simply painted it with white craft paint I had on hand.  

Vintage, Paint and more... making a thrift store picture into a vintage kitchen sign

This also took two coats to cover the print up well.

Vintage, Paint and more... making a thrift store picture into a vintage kitchen sign with paint and stenciled graphics

I then chose an old store logo graphic  I found at the Graphics Fairy that I loved.  She has all sorts of graphics that you can choose from to make a one of a kind piece of art or craft for your home.  Check her site out I think you'll love it.   I love using these old logos throughout our home.  They add that vintage feel I'm trying to achieve.  I chose this one because it's a store logo from old St. Louis - close to where I grew up.  So it's not only vintage - it's also a reminder of my childhood.

Vintage, Paint and more... a thrift store picture diy'd into a vintage kitchen sign

I actually used artist's transfer paper to copy the logo onto the white background making sure I had it centered.  As you can see this is just a light tracing that I was then able to go over with a black sharpie.

Vintage, Paint and more... using a black sharpie to make a thrift store picture into a vintage kitchen sign

This is how it looked once I went over all the tracings with the marker.  This does take some patience and time but what else is there to do when you're hibernating and trying to keep cool.

Vintage, Paint and more... transforming a thrift store picture into a vintage kitchen sign with paint

Then I simply put all the pieces back together and this is what it looks like now.  A big difference from what I found in the thrift store.  A one of kind piece of art for my kitchen that I love.

Vintage, Paint and more... A vintage kitchen sign diy'd from a thrift store picture in a vintage vignette with ironstone pitchers, splatterware pot, and blue stripe tea towel

What do you think?  For $2.00 and a little paint, I have the perfect vintage kitchen sign. I placed it on our kitchen shelf unit along with a few other thrift store pieces to make a pretty little vignette.  An added bonus is it can also be used as a tray for serving some awesome sweet tea should some guests stop by to hibernate with you.  Not only a cute vintage kitchen sign but a serving tray also - now that is a bargain!

Vintage, Paint and more... making a thrift store picture into a vintage kitchen sign with paint

So, what have you been up to lately?  Are you also hibernating from the heat or do you embrace it with vigor?  So glad you stopped by today - keep cool and have fun creating some great projects for your own home.

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Have a wonderful day and keep cool......

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  1. Super cute Cathy. Love how you styled it too!

  2. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kate | The Organized Dream

  3. I have a collection of frames also. You. Ever know what kind of project will call for a unique frame. This one is so cute. Well done

    1. Thank you Mary. I keep a box of frames hanging around just for that moment.

  4. This is so cute. I am always so impressed with DIY folks and the imagination they have.

  5. What a bargain AND a beauty! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

  6. Love your sign, very nice. Love to see people revamp things.
    A great revamp. Like your vignette as well.
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Thank you Nellie - I enjoy making new things out of thrift finds - it's so fun and challenging at times.

  7. What a great way to revamp things. Love it!

  8. Oh wow, I am so glad you did not pass that up. You did a remarkable job Cathy.

    1. Thanks so much Christine - love finding cool things to play with.

  9. Very cute!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  10. I love this pretty redo you made Cathy. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.

  11. Such a nice repurpose. Great update.

  12. What a great idea... your project turned out great! :) This is my first time to your blog.. and I am now following you.

  13. This is brilliant! What a great transformation! You've created a great farmhouse-style accent for very little money--well done!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

  14. What a great find and even better transformation. Featuring when my party opens up tonight!

  15. Such a great diy! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's bash. Have a happy week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. It's always great to take something old and make it new again! You did a great job with this project! It's a feature this week at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Yay!! See you there!