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A Simple Project...

Recently I found this new metal sign in a thrift store and decided to use it as the base for a sign for my kitchen!  I painted it with white paint...nothing perfect about it...

and penciled on the letters "EAT".  You can freehand it, transfer letters, or what I did~ just trace around some large letters...

I filled the letters in with black paint, and distressed with a sanding block when the paint was dry.  I'm not great at sign painting or have much of a steady hand, so distressing really helps!  I used a damp napkin to pull a little paint off one side of the letters as a drop shadow...

Finally, I mixed a few drops of Burnt Umber craft paint into some decoupage medium and painted it on to seal the piece, and add some depth and patina.

I hung it above a door in the kitchen...

I've been inspired by so many of you to look at objects I find, and  transform them!

I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

And if you haven't heard about it yet...Debra at Common Ground is starting a new party today!  It's called Monday Marketplace and it's going to be like a virtual flea market!  How fun!  I'm joining up with a couple of my etsy offerings today! You can click on the icon below to head on over to the party!

Until next time...


  1. I adore how you transformed this and made it into just want you wanted for your home. It looks brilliant. Thanks for the distressing tips too.


  2. Ahhh, I really like this. I think you did a heck of a good job.
    Have a great day,

  3. I love these kind of simple yet makes a statement projects Linda! nice job.

  4. That looks wonderful! I love the new sign.
    Hugs, Cindy

  5. Great job, Linda! I love what you did with this. It's such a satisfying feeling, isn't it?


  6. Your sign turned out wonderful. I've seen metal signs like this at Thrift stores with sayings on them and passed them up. Not giving a second thought that they could be transformed. Thanks for your tip and your inspiration!

  7. Oh my gosh, that turned out so great!!!! I love it!!!!

  8. I love the makeover! So cute and easy, now that is my kind of project! hugs, Linda

  9. And it is looking great Linda, I love the distressing, and I think you painted the word perfect.

  10. Very well done Linda and love the distressing. I need no reminder to EAT however:-}

  11. Your sign turned out great...I love the drop shadow, it gave it nice depth. :) Your spring display in your previous post is lovely...I'm SO ready for spring! Aren't you all getting some more snow this week? We've gotten 2inches..the WHOLE winter..2 lousy inches! Oh well, I don't want it now, Spring can hurry up and come one!
    I'm gonna scoot on over and look at the goodies on the Monday marketplace!
    Love ya much!

  12. You found a perfect piece to paint over to add a little bit of fun over your doorway!

  13. what a great blog - made me feel happy. Keep up the good work

  14. Hello Linda!
    What a great Project! Simple with a Great Finished Product!
    Happy Monday My Friend!

  15. It turned out so well Linda. I would not have known how to do that drop shadowing... Ann

  16. You are so artistic no matter what you say. That shading is superb.

  17. Nice!!! I've seen those signs and now I may purchase them for a little re-do!

  18. Hey Linda, thanks so much for the shout out, and love the way the sign turned out! cool drop shadow effect!

  19. Your EAT sign is great, and I love that you used a "new" sign to make it! Clever.

  20. that is amazing to me that you could pick up a sign from a thrift store and transform it into what you did. I appreciate the talent I do not have. i love your sign!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  21. I love it, a great transformation. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  22. I just had an "ah ha" moment. My bon apetite sign that matches NOTHING I bet I could turn it over and paint on it. The metal letters are raised, at least on the front side.

    Checking that out today.


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    Please don't feel obligated!
    xoxo Kim

  24. What a cute and simple project! I love it. I always like to see tutorials too. Thanks for sharing it.

  25. Great sign, Linda! I'll have to check out the marketplace, that sounds like a lot of fun.

  26. So cute! I need a sign that says 'Don't Eat'! Mimi

  27. Hey inspiring friend!

    Was that sign up when
    I was over? It is really
    cute and I love that you
    did it, yourself : )

    I am finally going over to
    see the Marketplace, now!
    Been one of those weeks....

    Let's hope the ice goes
    away fast. Looking forward
    to our outing!

    xx Suzanne

  28. Hi Linda,
    You did a great job on your new sign and you found a perfect spot for it!

  29. What a great transformation, Linda! I love how you added the shadow. I'm not much of a sign painter either, but maybe I will give it a go after seeing how beautiful yours turned out:)

  30. I really like this Linda! I have an old board I want to paint on but can't decide what to say.
    Monday's Marketplace does sound fun!


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