Sign Inspiration For My Next Project

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Image: Country Living

Now that we've got both the baby and The Fixer Upper under control (I say that with a smirk)(like either of them will ever be under control, haha), it's time for this girl to start working on some much-needed projects around the house.
When I say much-needed projects, I don't mean folding and putting away the five loads of clean laundry that are sitting in the basement, painting the stair treads that still have stain on them from when we got the floors refinished last Christmas, or fertilizing the lawn with the bag of fertilizer that has been sitting in our driveway for two weeks.
All of a sudden it has become imperative that I make an old sign for above our kitchen window. I've wanted to make one forever you know. F-o-r-e-v-e-r.
Since all of "my" projects seem to need Alex's help (to his dismay) I'm pretty sure I can tackle this one on my own during a few of the baby's naps. HE'S NAPPING LONG ENOUGH FOR ME TO DO STUFF, YO! Well, sort of.
Here is a picture of our kitchen window that needs a little somethin' somethin'. We already replaced the flourescent light with a pendant light, but I'm still looking for some sort of window treatment, and of course some kind of DIY old signage would be nice above the window, too.
I knew I wanted either a "grocery" sign or a "bakery" sign. Judging by the fact that I've baked chewy chocolate chip cookies (twice), salted peanut butter cups (twice), and old-fashioned chocolate cake all within the last two weeks, I'm leaning toward the "bakery" sign. 
Of course I browsed Pinterest for some inspiration. Some of my favourite places (Country Living and Sarah Richardson design) had some cute signs.

Image: Sarah Richardson Design

Other super-cool bloggers have made their own versions of grocery / bakery signs, too. I rounded up a few pictures for some DIY blogger inspiration:

Left: The Old Painted Cottage
Top Right: Lovely Etc.
Bottom Right: AKA Design

Top: Restoration House
Middle: A Little Something in the Meantime
Bottom: Funky Junk Interiors

I've got the wood, I've got the stain, I've got the paint, I've got the foam brushes, now all I need is some DIY mojo to get me started.
P.S. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who takes the time to either email me or to leave a comment. I've been trying to sneak in some replies to your comments here and there but I can never reply to as many as I would like. Just know that I appreciate them very much and they always make my day! 


  1. Love the signs, great inspiration. Looking forward to what sign you will choose for your kitchen.

  2. I LOVE that "Groceries" sign from Sarah Richardson's cottage!!! I've been thinking about making one for my kitchen for a REALLY long almost 2 years!! Maybe your sign will give me the motivation I need!!

  3. Hey Sarah!

    It makes me so happy to see that you've included one of my signs in this round-up! My Mom actually spotted it before me (I kept showing her your posts so I guess she started following you as well). I have been following you for years and love your decorating choices. I feel like our homes are similar in what we started with age and appearance-wise and I always love seeing how you put your own cottage-y touch on everything.

    I love painting signs and have been working on a few in the last week or so. The Grocery still still has to be one of my favourites though and it was inspired partly by Funky Junk's amazing sign.

    Good luck with whatever you pick! It's lots of fun :)

    Thank you so much!

  4. I always love painted signs. They all look great and I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

  5. I love the idea! I'm doing a sign along those same lines, but in my living room. Found old vintage letters and plan on hanging them this weekend - if the hubs will help out. I'll send you a pick when its done.

  6. I'd like to make a sign for my kitchen too!

  7. i want to do one over the door in our dining room ... i can't wait to see what you come up with so i can copy ;) and by me i totally mean mike!

  8. This is my kinda project!!! Great inspiration pics! I've been wanting to do a sign myself for awhile too, just could never figure out what I wanted it to say. Come on, Cooper, take some good naps for Mama so we can see the new sign:)

  9. Love that first sign. I also really like the first bakery sign in that montage. Lots of good inspiration. I'm sure you will do something great.

  10. I love reading your posts by email, Sarah. Love that you included our bakery sign in your inspiration round up!

  11. This is a great sign roundup. That first one in particular looks both (a) awesome and (b) forgiving in the error department. Hello. I like them odds.
    -Brittney (my shiny new blog...well, replace the words "shiny" and "new" with "funny" and "little", and you've got yourself a more accurate representation... Come on by if you'd like!)

  12. Love these signs! Can't wait to see what your next project is going to look like!

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