DIY Upcycled Kitchen Sign

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

One of the benefits of doing furniture makeovers is the leftover bits…..some are just rubbish but sometimes you can take something that would otherwise go to the junk pile and make it into something beautiful instead. As you know I have a slight addiction to typographical art and after making this DIY Vintage Sign for my Easter decor this year I fell in love with having this new splash of colour in my kitchen. It would be kinda weird for me to continue having an Easter Sign up after Easter, so while I loved it, it had to go. Now my kitchen was sad and bereft of colour. So I figured I would make another sign to bring the colour back! I didn’t actually have a budget for the wood I would need for the sign so I went foraging in the shed and came up with this mirror I had removed from this dresser.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

I removed the mirror and the side supports and was left with a backing board and a frame, perfect for a sign.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

The design I created was inspired by this sign I pinned a while ago, I liked the wording but the overall design was a little retro for my liking so I created my own version using Photoshop. If you want to make one yourself I have the design for you to download. DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE

I painted the backboard white.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

Next I used my trusted transfer technique to transfer the design I created onto the backboard (I enlarged my design when printing so it would fit the backboard). The technique I use is the same one I outlined in this tutorial. It is quite simple.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

Once I have my outline I hand paint all the details, I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Laurentien, Ceramic & Milk Paint in Marigold Yellow.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

I lightly distressed it once all the paint was dry to give it a more vintage/aged look and I stained the wood frame a darker colour as the orange colour wasn’t doing anything for me!

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Vintage Sign

I think that it adds a lot more colour to this little corner now! If you missed the tutorial on how I created the Upcycled Utensil Holder then head over here. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week.

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  • […]  Colour Saturated Life shows how to make this fun retro style kitchen sign.  […]ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus - May 8, 2015 - 5:54 am

    Hilarious and true…love it! ps. I’m not sure why you were never added to my blog reader. Doing that now! =)ReplyCancel

  • Jamie | anderson + grant - May 8, 2015 - 1:16 am

    I think it is safe to say that I am officially obsessed with what you create! Had to feature you again this week at the party 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 10, 2015 - 9:33 am

      Thanks Jamie! You are such a sweetheart….happy to be your latest obsession! xoReplyCancel

  • Gaby {lifeineight.com} - May 7, 2015 - 7:20 pm

    This is such a good idea! There is a perfect spot in my kitchen for something like this. Thanks for inspiring me 🙂 xxReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 10, 2015 - 9:34 am

      You are welcome Gaby! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ Refresh Living - May 6, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    Yep, officially awesome! I love the graphic you created AND your generosity for sharing! I think my kitchen needs one. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 6, 2015 - 12:26 pm

      I think every kitchen needs a little colour! Thanks for making it “officially awesome” hehe!ReplyCancel

  • […] Colour Saturated Life turned a dresser mirror into a cool new sign for her kitchen. […]ReplyCancel

  • Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #126 - May 4, 2015 - 11:52 am

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  • Amanda - May 1, 2015 - 9:16 am

    Gilly, I swear every time I click on the links that pop out to me at a link party, they are yours! I love this. You are so talented! It adds so much color. Visiting from the Weekend Retreat Link Party!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 9:20 am

      Haha! At least I am doing something right! I love having you stop by Amanda!ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - April 28, 2015 - 10:48 am

    Gilly, soooo glad to have just stumbled upon your awesome little patch of blogland (found via Insta). Beautiful furniture up-cycles and photography – that Architect’s Cabinet is a killer!
    It’s really refreshing to find another Aussie blogger who shares my kinda taste.
    Kristine xReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 28, 2015 - 11:18 am

      It is not you Kristine!!!! Oh my goodness, you have no idea how much I LOVE your blog, I tell my workshop students all about you and your blog! Don’t mind my lame gushing! I cannot wait to see what you do with your Re-Love Project this year, you nailed it last year. Thank you for the huge compliment 🙂 made my day!!ReplyCancel

      • Kristine - April 28, 2015 - 11:31 am

        Oh, stop. Too sweet. You’re trumping me! I’m lucky to get a new project done and post up once a month at the mo’!
        Also, how rude of me not to comment on your project. Love the paint-by-number feel of your sign and the colours.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - April 28, 2015 - 7:15 am

    That’s fab, I especially like how you practically made it out of nothing.ReplyCancel

  • darrielle Tennenbaum - April 28, 2015 - 1:05 am

    Great project! Love the colors and the messageReplyCancel

  • Christie - April 27, 2015 - 9:02 pm

    I love this upcycled sign for your kitchen. It looks great! I always love your use of color. Have a fantastic week! 🙂
    Christie ~ Sparkles of SunshineReplyCancel

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