Friday, February 11, 2011

Cupboard Doors Turned Decorative Signs

I met my town’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Monday. Then I went back on Wednesday. We became friends very quickly. I picked up two gallons of paint for $6 each (one for when we finally refinish the buffet we bought for our entry way) and a large cupboard door on Monday. Then I picked up 6 more doors on Wednesday. The doors were only $3 each with one only being $2 because it was really the front of a drawer. They are beautiful and some of them are huge!
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Just to give you an idea of the scale of these, the front one is 14.75” long and the two white ones are 15.5”, and the one behind it is 31.25”x6”. I knew they were perfect for some word art signs. And since I was planning on taking the pillows to the shop to sell on consignment, I figured why not make some signs too?
This one is my favorite. I painted it with a free sample I got from Valspar. I then cut out the bird and branch from the free images that came with my Silhouette software. A little sanding around the edges and some visible brush strokes were the perfect final touch.
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This cupboard door was a little shabby to begin with, so I just added one coat of a creamy white that I bought at the ReStore (one of the $6 gallons). I did a bright pink in the grooves and scuffed it up a bit with some sandpaper, the Princess cut out with my Silhouette, and then made the flowers to cover up a hole from where the knob once was. I love how it turned out!
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This one was in such great shape that it didn’t need any additional paint. I just sloppily painted on a layer of tinted glaze (left over from when I antiqued my trunk). “Simplify” is cut from a dark brown vinyl.
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This blessed sign is huge and the door was in perfect (probably brand new) condition! A few coats of the creamy white paint, glazing and then the letters in black. This one makes me happy (but then, don’t they all?).
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All in all, this was an incredibly cheap project! I spent $11 on the doors, hardly dipped into the gallon of paint, and spent very little on the vinyl. And cool story—when I showed up at the shop with my signs, they told me that their sign lady recently had to step down from making them, so they are in need of someone who makes signs! Yay for me! Looks like I just might have to go to the ReStore again today (and I’m just sure I’ll have to be drug kicking and screaming).

Be sure and come by on Monday when I’ll be kicking off the Sewing Simply series!
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And… take a moment to check out the awesome parties I’ll be linking up with! You wouldn’t believe the creativity in the ladies who link up! You can find them by clicking on their buttons in my left sidebar or by visiting my link up parties page.

24 comments:

  1. Those are all so cute!! I love the idea of giving a new life to something. Great job!

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  2. what a great idea... they are all so cute! I would love it if you joined our link party over here: http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/02/project-party-weekend-heart-shaped-ice.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Fantastic idea to use drawer fronts! Yours look beautiful!

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  4. The signs are well done and look great. thanks for sharing.

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  5. these are GORGEOUS!
    Now i'm off to google where there's a Restore near me! love this.

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  6. I love the one that reads BLESSED. I have some old cabinet fronts laying around. Now I know what I can do with them. Putting it on my list. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. they are adorable, i love the bird one. but i heart birds, good luck. i hope you sell a ton of 'em!!!

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  8. Hello! I found you through Sunday Showcase. I love all your signs. They are just gorgeous, and an inspiration to me as I've just gotten my feet wet in sign making. I also got a free sample from Valspar....wasn't that a great deal??

    I'm your newest follower! :)

    Kelly

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  9. what a great idea! I'll have to keep my eyes open for some doors.

    Megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  10. I LOVE the last two! I really like the shabby-chic look and the phrases. This is so neat!

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  11. Those are cute. I got a Silhouette for Christmas, so I really need to get some vinyl. I think I want a sign (like your blessed one) for my mantle. It needs help.

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  12. wow! i dont think they could have turned out any better! seriously, im in love with them!

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  13. I love the look of your cabinet door signs! They truly look unique and you did a great job!

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  14. Your signs look great! I'm inspired to do something with my cabinet doors. :)

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  15. These signs are so cute! I love the princess one especially. :D I am your newest follower! Have a great day.
    http://humblehomemaking.blogspot.com/

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  16. OH MY GOODNESS! I MUST have the BLESSED sign!!!! C'mon -- we have the same name AND my blog is Blessings of a Lifetime!

    What a super clever girl you are -- I love this idea!

    Blessings, -- Jill

    blessingsofalifetime.blogspot.com

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  17. Hi! I loved this idea so much that I featured it today on The Weekend Review party at Humble Homemaking. Check it out on the link below and feel free to grab a featured button for your blog! I hope you have a wonderful day. :)

    http://humblehomemaking.blogspot.com/2011/02/weekend-review-weekend-linky-party.html

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  18. Those are so cool! I love the one with the bird. So creative. Thanks for sharing!!

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  19. These are incredible! I have been looking to get some cabinet doors to make a few signs with chalkboard middles. Thanks for the post! :)
    http://anotherwomack.blogspot.com

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  20. OH I missed this post!! I need to get some vinyl and come use your silhouette! :) If you'll let me! :) And I am going to have to go visit that store too!! Cheap, cheap cheap!! :) Love the Princess sign too!! Fun fun!!Great gift ideas too!!

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful and creative designs with us! It really does inspire me. :) I'm a beginning seamstress/crafter, but I absolutely love it. I'm trying to get more involved with blogging, and yours will be one of the first badges I put on my page. May God bless you and your family! Happy Tuesday!

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  22. This is a great way to recycle. You’re so creative and resourceful.

    Mike @ Name Badges - Smart Edge Badges

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  23. Fantastic idea to use drawer fronts! Yours look beautiful!

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