Sunday, June 8, 2014

DIY Farmers Market Sign

Hey Everyone!  I wanted to share a little project with you.  I had tons of fun doing this, and loved the outcome!

I have an awkward space between two of my kitchen cabinets that looks terrible also.  I've tried sanding and smoothing, using putty, etc...  I have bought wood trim to try and use, and it didn't work out either.  So, I got the idea to make a sign to hang and fill in the gap.  

I measured the space and headed out to our shed.  The previous owners of the house left a lot of scrap wood in the shed.  Yay!!!  I found the perfect piece and only had to cut a few inches off.  Free and it fit great!!

Next, I got on Pic Monkey and made these words.  I saved them on my computer and reversed the images before I printed them.  You will see why I reversed the images in a minute.

I have never used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint, but found a store a few towns away that carries her products.  I was soooo excited!  I decided this would be a great way to try it out on a small surface.  I LOVE it!!  Can't wait to try it out on a bigger project.  I used Ironstone for this project.  

After the paint dried, I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the side of the paper I was applying to the wood.

Smooth out all of the bubbles under your paper

Let the paper dry for several hours until it is completely dry.  Once it is dry, take a wet rag, or sponge and wet the paper.  Once it is wet, you will rub the paper off of the wood with your fingers.  Like magic, your paper will rub off leaving the words behind.  Crazy cool.

Then, I sanded the words and the wood to distress it a little more.  I also used the sand paper to carefully remove any paper residue left.  Once you have the look you want, wipe the board clean.


Once the board is clean, you could just apply a clear coat of poly urethane; however, I used Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax.  It aged the piece perfectly.  


I attached picture hooks to the back of my sign.  

Viola!  It looks great!

No more ugly awkward cabinet gap.  It is now filled with a little bit of character.

You really should give this fun project a try!!!  It was really, really inexpensive, and adds great character.

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Hooray!  This project was featured by:
The Dedicated House



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6 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! I am definitely going to have to give this a try! I have never got to use MMSMP before (although I love her site and her finished products), so I'm off to find where I can purchase it locally.

    Thanks for such a great, easy to understand tutorial!

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    1. Hey Mimi! Thank you! MMSMP was a first for me. I have to say, I will never use regular paint again. So easy to work with and give a super older, distressed look. Also, you can go to her blog and it will tell you where to purchase her products. I was surprised to find it somewhere reasonably close to my small town. Thanks for stopping by!
      Heather

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  2. What a great sign! Looks perfect in the little space! hank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at The Round-Up from the Before and After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/06/the-round-up-from-before-and-after_18.html Hope to see you tonight for Before and After Wednesday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank You Kathryn! It's so flattering to be featured. I will be heading to your blog to see the feature, and to post a new project this week.
      Thanks again!

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  3. Wow... it looks amazing Heather. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Kerryanne! Super easy & fun project!

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