Need Some Inspiration & A Tutorial? Well, Here’s Your Sign {8 Great DIY Sign Tutorials}

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8 great vintage sign tutorials

This has been an absolutely amazing week! The aged steel Ikea cabinet that I painted for Parker and Mason’s room was featured three times: Ikea Hackers, Knock Off Decor, and Apartment Therapy. Never in a million years would I have thought that my spur-of-the-moment paint project would generate so much interest. I knew that people would either love it or hate it. But I kept reminding myself that what really matters when doing something that harnesses your creativity in your home is doing what you love and going with your gut feeling.

Also this week, I’ve been busy preparing for an upcoming guest post feature for The Style House. I was delighted when Jennifer of City Farmhouse emailed me and asked if I would be interested in sharing a little about me and my home with her readers at the beginning of November! She is doing a guest video for Creatively Made Home around the same time, so I’ll be sure to post a link in a blog post and also on my Facebook fanpage. Over the next week, I’ll be breaking out the Annie Sloan Chalk paint and conquering my fear of painting a beloved antique Empire chest that I bought 14 years ago. *Gulp!*

I have to be honest. I’m writing this post partly because of convenience. Since I am sharing all of my favorite vintage inspired sign tutorials in one spot, I no longer have to scroll through 341 pins in my Vintage Signs and DIY A.S.A.P. (As-Soon-As-I-Pinterest) boards to find what I’m looking for. My lucky readers get to reap the rewards of my laziness resourcefulness. I’ve been wanting a sign to fill an empty spot our living room that you see when you first walk in our home. It’ll be up on the wall tomorrow and I’ll be sharing it with you soon! My sign project allowed me to get my DIY and vintage sign fix on at one time.

Need a little vintage sign inspiration and a tutorial to boot?
I got cha’ covered.

I love the way that Ashley from Lil Blue Boo made her pallet sign with a reversed paint effect to allow the rustic wood to show through.
8 great DIY vintage sign tutorials. Sign by Lil Blue Boo.
Another favorite sign tutorial of mine is also from Ashley from Lil Blue Boo. On this sign, she uses a special technique on canvas to simulate the effect of peeling paint. I can’t wait to try this out!
8 great DIY vintage sign tutorials. Sign by Lil Blue Boo.
Donna from Funky Junk Interiors has a wonderful way of distressing her signs and then junking-it-up with things she has found.
8 great DIY vintage sign tutorials. Sign by Funky Junk Interiors.
This helpful tutorial by Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed teaches how to add shadowing to lettering. I love the fact that Marian does the lettering by hand instead of using a stencil.
8 great DIY vintage sign tutorials. Sign by Miss Mustard Seed.
Here’s another beautiful sign from Miss Mustard Seed.
8 great DIY vintage sign tutorials. Sign by Miss Mustard Seed.
I’m smitten over this beach sign made by KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.
Not only do I love her sign, the gray lettering, the reference to the coast, but I always enjoy reading the stories she tells. She’s a hoot!
8 great vintage sign tutorials. Sign made by Thistlewood Farms.
Mary of At Home On The Bay‘s tutorial also shows how to transfer lettering to your sign without using a stencil. I like the shadowing technique that she uses. The fact that she used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint just put it over the top for me!
8 great DIY vintage sign tutorials. Sign by At Home On The Bay.
She had me at, “I enjoy making something new look old.”  and “painted signs“. Right then, I knew I had to follow her blog right away. Check out the distressing!
8 great DIY vintage sign tutorials. Sign by A Little Something In The Meantime.

Is there anyone else that is vintage sign smitten? If I’m missing any other great sign tutorials, I would love for you to leave me the link in the comments section. Thanks! Yay! I finished my sign! Come check out how I did it!


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  3. Hey Tricia, That is so awesome, a big congrats, that is huge, enjoy it! And thank you for the shout out, I am sooo looking forward to hosting you. I thank you for putting in the time:)! Have a great weekend, Jen

  4. Hey Tricia!

    Thank you so much for including me in your fantastic round-up! I was out of town for the weekend so I didn’t see this until this evening. What a lovely surprise! I checked out your Signs board on Pinterest last week and it is FABULOUS. So much inspiration!

    Congratulations on winning with the Krylon Spray Paint link party! Can’t wait to see what else you create 🙂

  5. I love the signs you featured! I need to try to make one of these, although I am not sure what I would want it to say…These are certainly inspirational.

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