Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Okay so I know signs are all the rage, I love me a good sign too!   I have some from Kristi from Barn Owl PrimitivesBrittany of 41 West Designs, and Holly of Word Whipped.   I love wooden signs, they remind me of an old general store.

Since I had just received my newest sign from Holly...my "JOSEPH" sign.   It inspired me and I thought it would be the perfect gift to my good friend Liza who asked me to help redesign her living room.   Some of you know Liza through my posts, she is my junkin buddy.   So of course this was a no-brainer...we like the same styles but I wanted to customize and surprise her with some things.

So......................a family name sign it is!   I wanted to do this project keeping within the NO COST mindset that this project was created.    So I started with a free find:

Scrap piece of wood (free)

It's actually a drawer front to some kind of dresser or buffet
It's nice & weathered already...but here it's  getting a coat of Valspar paint (Seagull gray) it's really an off white and its left over paint from my dining room.

Looks nice & fresh...I didnt fill the nail holes purposely to keep it original and to look as if it was just ripped off an old store front.

It was hard but I freehanded the letters...I dont have stencils, vinyl or cricut machine.  This is old school art class...I inherited drawing from my parents.

I used my daughter's crayola paint brush marker to make the edges wispy

I then went over the letters with Barn Red craft paint

I used a chocolate glaze to get into the nail holes and look old

I also sanded over the painted letters once they dried again to make it weathered.

Here is my finished project with the rest of the pieces for the redesign.

And here it is now hanging in their newly redesigned living room.

So the next time your drawer breaks or you junkin a dresser you might think twice about throwing away the drawers! lol  Challenge yourself to re-purpose something not only to explore your creativity but to lend a hand in being kind to Mother Earth. I will take an old piece of furniture over new any day.

I want to say thank you to Dave & Liza for being awesome friends to me throughout the years (they've seen me go through the good and the bad).  It's amazing years later how situations change and we are closer now and our husbands maybe more than us. lol    

You guys are awesome and I hope this sign will hang in your home and make you smile!

Im a housebound party girl....so Im linking up here:


The DIY Show Off

Furniture Feature Fridays
Hey its' made from a piece of furniture

My Repurposed Life


Beyond The Picket Fence

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special



  1. Great job! It looks awesome! And thank you for the shootout! xo

  2. Great Job! I love the way it turned out! and thank you for the shout out! xo

  3. You're such a great friend - it's beautiful! I love wooden signs too. You did a fantastic job! ;)


  4. I love the idea of making your own and for cheap! These are super popular for wedding gifts in our area right now. Its going to be awesome to make them instead of spending a fortune!


  5. Cute!

    I just did some signs last week. :) This is darling. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower.


  6. Wow, this looks lovely. I am hosting a photobook giveaway on my blog. Would love for you to stop by. Have a great week. Anu

  7. I love all signs, especially ones that look old.
    the fact that you did this by hand is so awesome!
    thanks for linking up and linking back,
    "catching" you this week

  8. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.


    Come strut your stuff.


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