Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pinterest Winter Challenge: Vintage-Look Wooden Sign

I have a Pinterest board with multiple D.I.Y. signs for the kitchen pinned so I thought that the Pinterest Challenge: Winter Edition would be the perfect opportunity for me to finally make a vintage-look wooden Grocery sign.

My “Pinspiration” for this project would have to be this sign shared by the blogger Compulsive in Texas.

You can find my pin for this fabulous sign here.Compulsive in Texas Grocery Sign

I have a secret to share. I am a procrastinator.

I like love the idea of making something, and am all too happy to go shopping for the supplies, but it is very rarely a quick process from start to finish.

My sign is an excellent reminder of why I should not be a procrastinating crafter. It adds charm and character to a spot in our kitchen that has always been the thorn in our side.

I love it!

Here is my take on

How to make a vintage-look wooden sign

Grocery Sign Scrap Wood

Paint your base colour.

(I used three different shades of green when I painted this but I really don’t think it made a big difference in the end)

Create the lettering for your sign. I used my Silhouette Cameo and contact paper.

Grocery Sign Lettering Screenshot

Grocery Sign Lettering

Grocery Sign Topcoat

Grocery Sign Peel Off Lettering

Stand back and think to yourself

Thought Bubble 2

Get out your sander or sandpaper (after it is dry).

Distress the heck out of that sign!






Vintage Sign DIY

Check out the detail on that O!


Lastly, a Before and After distressing for good measure.

Wood Sign Before & After

Some things definitely get better with age!

Just like that, my vintage-look sign is ready to steal the show in my open kitchen shelving overhaul.

Did you create something for the Pinterest challenge? Please, let me know in the comments if you have a project I should check out!

Thank you for visiting, and thank you Compulsive in Texas for the “Pinspiration”!

Pin It

To view projects created by the awesome organizers of
The Pinterest Challenge:
Winter Edition
or those linked up by others, please visit:

Cassie at
{Hi Sugarplum!},
Erin at
The Great Indoors,
Katie at
Bower Power,
Sherry at
Young House Love

I am also participating in The Pinterest Challenge.



  1. Oh, Claire, I love it! Is it really that easy? I've been wanting to make something like this, but I don't have one of those fancy pants machines.


    PS- I am in LOVE with your haircut! :)

  2. I love it! Vintage signs make me so happy. Been wanting to put some in my kitchen. Just need to find a way to do it without a handy-dandy silhouette machine.

  3. Cute! I love the colors! I need to use my cameo more.. maybe for something like this! :)

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  4. Love your color choice! Looks like a pro did it!

  5. I love this sign! It turned out so great! I'm luvin' making signs right now also.

  6. I love how this looks like it could be tens of years old. Perfect!

  7. You make it look so easy! Love it! Angie xo

  8. What's your distressing secret? This looks great!

  9. The sign looks amazing! Found you on TT&J.

  10. in love with the sign! I am moving soon and I am definitely going to make one!


  11. I love it, it looks great!! I love the way you have it distressed!!! I'm your newest follower :) Found you through a linky party!! :)

  12. Ooh, cute! Great job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

  13. I absolutely adore this! As soon as I get myself a Silhouette, this will be one of my first projects thanks to you!

  14. I love your sign and it's inspiring me to make one for my kitchen too! Ain't distressing grand? waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  15. Very cute! I really love that shade of green. Thanks for being a part of The Pinterest Challenge.

  16. Beautiful! I love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing.


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