This DIY Hot Cider Sign was made from some three dollar thrift store art, y'all!
I gave it a little paint treatment and am sharing the tutorial below.
I *think* I'm turning into a sign junkie, y'all. My parents were over here recently and my mom complained that there were just too many things to read on the walls. So, you know, it seemed totally appropriate to add to our plethora of wall reading material by throwing in another sign. For good measure, no?
And, this is part of this month's Thrifty Style Team series. Check out the fun below.
The kitchen in this new house is pretty spacious. It's a 1970s layout, but I totally love it. It's not open concept (nor did we do that when we were doing the remodel work we did on it last spring), and the cabinets are pretty old school (with fresh paint my friend and I slapped on them). But, it's a kitchen that is really working for us. Call me weird, but I actually prefer a closed off kitchen when someone stops by and there's a big ol' heap of dirty dishes in the sink and about a few dirty pots on the stove. I'm too messy a cook for open concept...I've realized this over the years and have come to embrace it.
This little corner next to the pantry was crying for some fall decor. While I already have a coffee bar in the old built-in desk, I thought an apple cider bar would be pretty fun and fallish, too. And I feel like the apple always comes in a distant second to the pumpkin this time of the year, so it needed a little spot of its own (with a white pumpkin thrown in for balance...because I was at a loss).
Oh, and just a few days into this cider bar adventure and two preteen turkeys, who shall remain nameless, have just about cleaned me out of the cider k-cups (not cool).
I love sharing this type of tutorial because anyone can do this. These canvases (canvii?) are available at every thrift shop I've ever been in. I always look for the old art to see what I can do with it. This particular canvas was super thick, too...it would have cost significantly more at a craft store. And truthfully, its oddball size isn't one that you find often in a "new" state.
I didn't sand this or anything...just brushed on one coat of red chalk paint. This would turn out to be the color of the lettering, so I didn't even go all the way to the edges of the canvas. I actually wanted some of the random canvas colors to pop through when I sanded it down, so this worked well.
I applied vinyl lettering I cut with my machine for the wording. If you don't have a craft cutter, you can purchase pre-made vinyl lettering at the craft store.
I sealed the lettering by painting over it with the base coat. This prevents paint bleeds.
Then I went over the entire piece (even the sides of the canvas) with my white chalk paint.
When the white was 80% dry, I removed the vinyl. It's easier to remove if the paint is just slightly damp. Not wet...but you know, kind of "cold" to the touch.
The lighting changed on me, but this is still the same sign. I just lightly sanded the edges for that vintage look. I was really happy with how the whole piece came together.
Originally, I had planned to hang it on the tile with those Command Strip thingies. But the plug right in the smack dab here prevented that. Thankfully, this is such a thick canvas that it can stand up on its own here.
I added a few fun, "cider-y" touches around the sign.
I actually cut the handle off of the basket of mugs and apples. It was too tall. It was super cheap and I plan to use it here again with other set ups, so no regrets. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I had a fun vintage tea towel I draped over the basket to hide the wire handle stumps.
This fun and thrifty sign is a part of this month's Thrifty Style Team!
As weird as it sounds, though...you'll have to come back Wednesday to see everyone else's awesome posts (ha!). It's a bizarre week for me and I had to post a day early. But tomorrow, find all of the working links below: