I recently re-painted my kitchen and a lot of the clutter I had before just isn’t working anymore. So I’ve been on the look-out for more clutter that is less, clutter-like.
Painted wood signs are popping up everywhere and, while I like them, I didn’t want to just put any old words up there for people to walk in and say, “huh, what does that mean? Did you used to hatch eggs?” Or whatever it is you do with eggs. But really, do you hatch them or am I showing signs that I grew up on Main St.??
Anyways… I finally decided what I wanted on my wood sign and it is perfect! For me! Let me take you back to this past September. My dad’s extended relatives had a family reunion (not normal) in CA where he was born. Seeing as we live in PA, it wasn’t really realistic for nearly all of us to attend. But my dad and younger sister flew out and came back with one of my current treasured possessions!
A book that was made from the journals of my great-great grandmother. It is fabulous! There are pictures and first-hand accounts of historical days (the first day women were allowed to vote!!). I am obsessed with this book.
One of the things I discovered (that no one had ever mentioned before!), is that our relatives owned a popular and successful chain of donut shops. I found this business card and coffee mug in the pictures in the book and decided I had make my sign based on this!
First I painted it white and then added a coat of sand. I just used cheap acrylic paints.
Then I tried a new technique (for me!). I used my cricut to cut the letters out on contact paper (I didn’t want to waste my vinyl when I would just be pulling it off). I peeled the backing off the contact paper and just eyeballed everything when I was laying it down. Then painted over all of it with black paint. Peeled the contact paper letters off while the paint was still wet and after it dried I sanded the whole thing to distress it.
I seriously LOVE it.
I just hung it up today and I can’t stop walking into the kitchen to stare at it. I just keep thinking about my great-grandfather working at this donut shop and my grandmother as a little girl going in after school. It is just perfect for me and my obsession with history!