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Wooden Signs For Kitchen

Wooden Signs For Kitchen

This is a sponsored post for Silhouette. Looking for inexpensive artwork for your kitchen? Do you love the rustic, vintage look? Then this easy DIY project is for you! Learn how to make a Market Fresh Rustic Wood Sign for your kitchen to add some character and style to your space!  As promised, today I’m sharing how I made this cute rustic sign for my kitchen! I’m falling more and more in love with my kitchen with each step of this makeover, and this sign was a project I had been wanting to do forever! The bottom level of our home is a little bit of a maze, and I actually have three entrances to my kitchen. There is a couple feet of space above each doorway, and I’ve had visions in my head of rustic wood signs hanging in those spots ever since we moved in. A whole year later, and I finally decided it was time to get crackin’. Better late than never! I started by digging through the scrap wood pile in our garage and found a good size board that would fit perfectly above the door. I sanded it all down and wiped it clean with a damp towel. I wanted to showcase the beautiful woodgrain of the board and make it look old and rustic, so I used the same technique as I did for my kitchen chalkboard. I started with a coat of Varathane Sun-bleached stain, and once that was dry I added a light coat of dark walnut stain on top. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and wiped away all the remaining stain. The result is beautiful, rustic wood with a nice gray-brown color. I just love it!  I thought the words “market fresh” would be cute for the kitchen, so I used my Silhouette CAMEO and the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software to create a stencil for the words. I love the Designer Edition software because it has great rulers and guidelines to help me size my projects. All I had to do was measure my board to see how big I wanted the letters and then create my design in the software by using the text tool. You can use any of the fonts on your computer (I’m a total font addict!) and easily resize the letters to fit your sign perfectly. The handy guides make it so easy!  Instead of applying the vinyl letters to my board, I used the outline of the design to create a stencil. I used some scrap brown vinyl I had (since I’m going to paint the letters on, I didn’t care what color the vinyl was) and peeled the letters off of the sheet.  Then I carefully lined up my stencils in the center of the board and pressed them in place firmly, to create a good seal to paint over. Now here’s where I messed up… sort of. I should have sanded the wood again before I applied the vinyl, because the slick surface of the stain didn’t allow the paint to stick very well. But I didn’t want to start over from square one since I had already started painting, so I just went with it. I applied a few coats of white paint (the same color I used on my kitchen table), letting it dry between each coat.  As expected, when I tried to pull up the vinyl stencil the paint wanted to pull up with it, and I was left with not so pretty letters. I seriously wanted to cry at first, but then I thought, “Duh… I wanted it to be rustic and not perfect anyway!” Don’t you just love when your screw-ups turn out for the better? I wish that would happen more often! I lightly sanded over the letters until they were smooth and distressed. I honestly was so glad for my mistake, because it made the sign look even better!  I added two sawtooth hangers on the back of the sign and hung it up in my kitchen over one of the doorways. It fills the space perfectly and is the first thing you see when you walk into our home. It makes such an inviting welcome!  I have two more signs to make for the other doorways… What should I put on them? Hmm… decisions, decisions! My Silhouette machine makes creating signs like this super easy, and the upgraded Designer Edition software really makes a difference! Right now you can get an amazing deal on a Silhouette machine bundled with the Designer Edition software OR if you already have a Silhouette, you can get the software for half price!  Click here to check out all the details and get an exclusive promo code for your discount! You can also find some great information on the difference between the basic and upgraded software along with some video tutorials. If you’ve been considering purchasing a Silhouette, I HIGHLY recommend taking advantage of this sale! The promotion runs from July 1 – July 10.  Let’s Keep In Touch!
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Wooden Signs For Kitchen

I started by digging through the scrap wood pile in our garage and found a good size board that would fit perfectly above the door. I sanded it all down and wiped it clean with a damp towel. I wanted to showcase the beautiful woodgrain of the board and make it look old and rustic, so I used the same technique as I did for my kitchen chalkboard. I started with a coat of Varathane Sun-bleached stain, and once that was dry I added a light coat of dark walnut stain on top. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and wiped away all the remaining stain. The result is beautiful, rustic wood with a nice gray-brown color. I just love it! 
wooden signs for kitchen 2

Wooden Signs For Kitchen

Now here’s where I messed up… sort of. I should have sanded the wood again before I applied the vinyl, because the slick surface of the stain didn’t allow the paint to stick very well. But I didn’t want to start over from square one since I had already started painting, so I just went with it. I applied a few coats of white paint (the same color I used on my kitchen table), letting it dry between each coat. 

Wooden Signs For Kitchen

Wooden Signs For Kitchen
Wooden Signs For Kitchen
Wooden Signs For Kitchen
Wooden Signs For Kitchen

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