Monday, April 11, 2011


So, I've seen some really cool "GROCERY" signs around the net, and I wanted one Since I couldn't find one to buy, I decided to make my own!

(Not the best picture.  I'll upload a better picture when I get one taken.)

What you need:
Wood Board (mine is 7" tall - not including the lip on the bottom - by 58" long)
Vinyl Lettering (my letters are 6" tall)*
Spray Primer
Black Spray Paint
Ivory Spray Paint
Sand Paper
Electric Palm Sander (optional)

*I found my vinyl lettering on Etsy from this seller.  It was a custom order, so you'll have to convo her.  I was able to get my 6" tall GROCERY letters and a 9" tall version of this for $20 (that includes tax).

What you do:
Find/buy a wooden board. If you have access to some old barnwood, this works really well. My board is one that came from my grandpa's farm. I had some cracks in it, and a chunk was broken off the top right corner. There are also old nail holes at each corner that just add to the character of it!  If yours, like mine, was found in an old barn and was covered in spiderwebs and some dirt, you will first need to clean and sand it.

Next, prime the board.  I like to use a spray primer and just put a couple of light coats.

Spray a few coats of black spray paint.  You'll want to make sure the board is pretty well covered, but you don't want the paint too thick.  I sprayed about 3 light coats.

With some 150-220 grit sandpaper, give your board a quick sanding so that a little bit of the primer shows through.  If you have an electric palm sander, you should just have to run it over the board once or twice.  If you don't have an electric palm sander, I strongly recommend getting one.  I use mine for EVERYTHING!

Center and apply your vinyl lettering.  Using the ivory spray paint, cover the board & vinyl with just enough coats to cover the black paint.

Once the paint is dry, carefully peel off the vinyl, and run the sandpaper over a few areas for an old, worn look, and you're done!

Did you make one?  Share it here!

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  1. Heather I love your grocery sign! I like how the board is already worn and cracked and how cool that it was from your grandpas barn, it is perfect!!

  2. I love it and the sentimental value it has. Great job!!

  3. That is a great sign!! I'm a new follower too! :)

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    Have great day!

  5. Great project! Love it! I just bought some shabbified cabinet doors to make signs with from the Habitat ReStore! I'm now a follower! I hope you'll follow me back, too! Pop over to see how I renovated my kitchen for $1,200.00 including new cabinets!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  6. super cute...I love that the board is not perfect - adds to the rustic feel! well done girlie!

  7. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for creating such a fun and inspiring blog -- I love the super fab sign!

  8. I love that the board is now perfect and has some history to it. Love the transformation. Great job as always on your projects! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  9. I wanted to let you know that I featured you today over at A Diamond in the Stuff!

  10. fun!! i like the scalloped edges :)

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Hope to see ya again later this week :)


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