2.22.2010

Cabinet Door Into Painted Name Sign


I first stumbled upon this whole blog world back in October and was so inspired - my creative juices were a-flowin'!  I kept finding these signs people made and I wanted to do one of my own sooooo bad, but didn't know where to start.  I loved this salvaged cabinet door turned serving tray from Crafty Nest, and Room to Inspire's family name sign was so divine!!  I thought 320 Sycamore's Cabinet Makeover was just delish, so I thought I'd try my (shaky) hand at one.

I found this cabinet door at a garage sale for 50 cents.  I spray painted the edges black and painted over it with a creamy white and scraped away the paint so that the black peeked thru.


I went to the computer and found some pretty fonts and printed out what I wanted to display.



I flipped the page over and used a charcoal rub on the back.



After positioning the pages, I used a retractable pencil without the lead showing and traced the outside of each letter.



The charcoal showed up on the cabinet door as a template for me to fill in.







I used a craft pen to trace the outside edge.  *** First, test it on the back to make sure it doesn't bleed!!***  


My intentions were to only trace with the marker and fill in with paint, but once I realized I couldn't find a good paintbrush, I just filled it all in with the marker.  


It took me an afternoon to finish the hand stenciling - not too shabby!!!  Here's the finished product:






UPDATE:  I realize that this is grammatically incorrect.  There should not be an apostrophe.  Unfortunately, it took me over a year to figure it out!

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64 comments :

  1. It looks really great!! If I saw a cabinet door at a garage sale I would just walk on by. Not anymore!

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  2. I have a cabinet door just sitting around. What an awesome and beautiful idea! Thanks so much for adding your creativity to the DIY Project Parade! :)

    Roeshel

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  3. Great idea! You have a very steady hand!

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  4. LOVE this :) thanks for sharing how you did it! i am so going to try it!

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  5. That came out wonderfully! I love the vintage look. Hey my address is 3657...just kidding! =) Nicely done!

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  6. Ooh - I love this too! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. I LOVE this! Now I'm on the search for a cabinet door. Thanks!

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  8. That is sooo cute! And a great tip with the charcol.

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  9. I love it! I'll definitely have to keep it in mind for our new house.

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  10. I ADORE IT! AND...am SO jealous! Now I'm on the hunt for an old cabinet door!!!!

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  11. Love it and the charcoal is a great idea. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  12. I love this! I would never think of using a cabinet door, but it's absolutely perfect!

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  13. WOW...I'm so glad I popped into your blog from "Reinvented"....it's awesome! LOVE what you did with the Cabinet Door...very cleaver and not too difficult...MAYBE I could attempt that. And, I must say, you are one lucky woman. I opened you hubby's blog and what a wonderful Godly man he is. He's a keeper! Hugs from Houston,TX!

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  14. Love this! I think I'll go search my husband's shop for something to make one out of!

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  15. Your sign turned out great! I love the fonts you selected and the cabinet door makes is that much for unique.

    Chelsea

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  16. That is awesome. And the charcoal is a great idea! I will have to copy it... :) I also wanted you to know I gave you a Kreativ Blogger award! Check it out: http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/02/kreativ-blogger.html

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  17. Very cute! I love that sign. And the job you did on the lettering looks just as good as vinyl lettering! WAY TOO GO!

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  18. Wow! That looks so great! Good job!

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  19. I LOVE it!! I used my cricut to make one of these signs out of an old piece of wood I found on the beach. I love the fonts you used!

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  20. I love the door as a sign and the colors you chose too. Thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

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  21. Wow, your lettering looks amazing. What a neat idea.

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  22. Beautiful lettering & great door!

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  23. That cabinet drawer looks beautiful, it looks like you bought it somewhere! Great job!

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  24. I have been going through reading everyone's M.M. posts and came upon yours. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your cabinet door idea. Very creative and inspiring!! I have a couple of old doors I might do something with thanks to you creative idea!! Great job!!

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  25. Neat idea! Great tutorial too. Wish I had that kind of patience!

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  26. Beautiful! I love it! Great job!

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  27. It is so well done, very professional. Cabinet doors are one of my favorite things to work with--thanks for linking up!

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  28. Me again, except I don't see my other comment thanking you for linking up and letting you know I love this project--nice job on the lettering! Anywho, I also wanted to thank you for your kind words on my blog--I am so happy I inspired you!

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  29. Nice work! The lettering and the paint job turned out great. Love it!

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  30. Very nice! It would take me all day to do the lettering. Great job!

    I followed you here from Met Monday - been a busy week! lol I hope you'll swing by AtticMag and tour my home; Alabama Stone Cottage Tour.

    http://www.atticmag.com/2010/02/alabama-stone-cottage-house-tour/

    Allison

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  31. What a great idea! Your writing is beautiful.

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  32. you have a very steady hand -- your calligraphy looks very professional! great idea for a cabinet door!! (o: thanks for sharing.

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  33. New to blogging... glad I stopped by! very nice blog you have... and your husband.. we need more men to blog about the word.. thank you!! god bless!!{:

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  34. That is a great project. I am getting ready to have a lot of cabinet doors lying around here (kitchen re-do) and may have to make one of those. Your blog looks great and on that project alone, I must follow you!
    Holly
    504 Main

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  35. I hate people who can do such perfect lettering and numbers... beautiful work!
    Sandy
    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

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  36. That is so stinkin' cute! I am horrible at lettering! I LOVE it!

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  37. Looks perfect! Thanks for linkin' up to the POPP.

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  38. Wow! That is adorable! What a huge amount of effort. I worked on Extreme Makeover for ABC a couple of time and once Ty Pennington had us use that transfer paper to do a design on a girl's bedroom ceiling. It's the only time I have ever used it..... your makeover was awesome so perhaps I should get over my fears and buy some!

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  39. Love it! We were Established in 1996 too!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  40. What a wpnderful idea, thank you for sharing it looks very professional.

    Peg x

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  41. I love it! I love it! I love it!!!! You did a great job!

    What kind of pen did you use to do the lettering?

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  42. I would have never thought to use a cabinet door!! What genius. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.
    ... Connie

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  43. It looks amazing! Great job! Thanks for all the pics, it's such a great tutorial! Thanks for linking to Creative Cats this week!

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  44. Hey Dawn - thanks for your comment! The pen I used was IDenti-Pen Dual Point Pen made by Sakura. I had used it for scrapbooking and remembered it because it had a super fine point at one end. You can use it on metal, glass, ceramics, rubber, wood, photographs: virtually any surface.

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  45. I love that! My hubby was given a huge stack of cabinet doors, and I do believe I shall take one!

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  46. Nice job! I love to re-purpose and recycle.

    Michelle
    www.TrashToTreasureDecorating.com

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  47. Brilliant to use a cabinet door!
    Love it!
    -Tiff

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  48. I thought it was vinyl when I first looked at it. Very nice, love it!

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  49. Jen, Sorry I am so late getting over here, but wow! It looks great! Thank you for sharing your steps on how you did it with the pen as well...you smart girl! Lovely blog, thank you for inviting me over!!
    Melissa

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  50. I was married in 1996 and have always wanted one of those "established" decorations. Very cute.

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  51. I am so glad you linked this project up to Be Inspired today! It is a great family sign.

    Chelsea

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  52. Wonderful job! The lettering looks great and what a smart solution for a spare cabinet door. Well done!

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  53. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for an old cabinet door, it looks great !

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  54. Beautiful. I love that you used a door!

    Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  55. I LOVE this project! They have a million doors at the Habitat ReStore by us! and for super cheap!
    thanks for sharing.

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  56. Excellent read. I like your style...have a good one!/Nice blog! Keep it up.

    cabinet doors

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  57. Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!

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