How to Paint Artwork: Sweet Tea Served Here Sign

Sweet tea served here! Of course, having a southern kitchen means that sweet tea is always on the menu, so this sign was the perfect addition to our kitchen. Sign painting it pretty easy to do, and if you’re looking for a distressed look then perfection isn’t even an issue. If you can color with a marker then you can make this sign with my How to Paint Artwork: Sweet Tea Served Here Sign project.
sweet tea served here sign tutorial

ebony stain

Mr. SCC built me a big ole sign by putting together boards with a cleat connecting them all on the back with boards used as cleats. I used DecoArt Ebony (my fave stain), watered it down and rubbed it into the wood, then wiped it all off to get a greyed out tone.


To paint the letters, I used the carbon paper method to trace them out onto the sign, with a print out that I made with the words using the font A Love of Thunder. Once it was all traced out, I painted the letters with  Decoart Designer Series paint {the texture of the paint and distressing qualities are perfect for this project.} After it dried, I lightly wiped it down with a wet cloth to distress the letters a bit.

Want more detailed tips?

Learn how to paint the letters with Sign Painting 101: Lettering Tips and Tricks
Pick the perfect brush with tips in the Sign Painting 101: Brushes

Once it was dry, it went up in my kitchen for all to see. Now…. who wants a glass of tea?

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Thanks for hosting. Happy New Year. Your sign sure fits in with your floor and your table.

  2. Thanks for hosting Transformation Thursday. Lots of great posts to look at. Love your sign.

  3. wow I love this sign. So pretty, and I’m glad it reflects your home, thats the best part!

  4. Your sign is so cute. Thanks for hosting.

  5. Love your sign! It would work at my house, too! lol Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  6. Love your sign. This is my first time linking up so thank you for hosting. 🙂

  7. I kind of suck at letter-painting (any painting, really) so I am so interested to hear your tips!

  8. Hi Gina & Happy New Year!
    I haven’t been to a party in a while, but I finally got a project finished – I just linked up.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Love your Sweet Tea sign.

  9. Happy Thursday! So happy To see you and thank you for hosting such a wonderful party! I love your sign, it looks wonderful- I love your colors, just beautiful. I linked up my Cranberry Nut Muffins, hope you like them! Nettie

  10. Thanks for hosting Gina!
    I love your sign – the distressing is great! We love Sweet Tea too – I’ll be adding this to my project list!

  11. Very nice Gina..That is where we keep our cereal too!! LOL

  12. I love your sign Gina. Great idea to just rub down the letters for a aged look.
    Thanks so much for hosting.

  13. Hi Gina, I love your new sign! Thank you for hosting.

  14. Though I paint my decorative signs for a living I am lousy at lettering so I look forward to your tips and tricks on it. And thank you for the info on the new products! You sign is great, love it.

  15. I meant ‘your’ sign.

  16. I will have some sweet tea!! Great sign and thank you so much for hosting!


  17. Love me some sweet tea (with 2 lemon wedges please)! Cute sign! Thanks for hosting!

  18. thanks for the link up party! I’m joining in!

  19. Your sign is adorable, and who doesn’t love some sweet tea?!?

  20. Signs, signs, everywhere signs! Love it!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  21. Gina, I love your sign. I really need to make one for my booth. I’m going to hop over and see about those carbon? letters. Thanks for hosting today!

  22. Thanks for hosting! I love the signs.

  23. I love your sweet tea sign – and I love that you didn’t move your cereal boxes. 🙂

  24. Thanks for hosting! Love the sign — I wish I had some wall space to use one. my house is all doors — very annoying!

  25. This is an adorable sign, I now looking for a place in my kitchen to put one, just adorable!

  26. Thanks for hosting 🙂 Also, did you build your own table in your kitchen? If so can you shoot me the link? 😉 Thanks!

  27. Thank you for hosting!

  28. Thank you for the party Gina! That new sign is the perfect fit for your wall. I have a hard time keeping things the same around here too!
    Have a great weekend! t.xoxoxoo

  29. Thanks so much for hosting this lovely link party!

  30. Thanks for hosting! I added a recipe for a fabulous homemade 9 grain bread that I make in 5 loaf batches in under 2 hours – without a bread machine! Hope you like it!

  31. I’ll take some of that sweet tea

    your sign is great for anybody who loves sweet tea

    thanks for hosting so we can show off our stuff

  32. I’ll take some of that sweet tea

    your sign is great for anybody who loves sweet tea

    thanks for hosting so we can show off our stuff

  33. I’m betting you make awfully good sweet tea! Love your sign. 🙂

    Your sweet comment on my Home Goals post just made my day. No, make that my week. Possibly my month. Honestly, I can’t tell you how much your kind words meant to me. Thank you!!


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  35. Girl, there never were truer words spoken in my home either. Can’t get along without my sweet tea. Now thanks to my new Keurig, I get to go broke in the process…their Southern Sweet Tea is goooood. And at $.75 a kcup a couple of times a day…yeah. LOVE that sign. You picked the perfect saying. Looks so good in your kitchen!!

  36. Love the sign! It complements the table well. I just linked up, thanks for hosting a fun party!

  37. Thank you for hosting. I need to make a “Sweet Tea Served Here” sign. Come visit over at Suppers, Youngans & Thangs, I have a sweet tea tutorial. I am adding you to my following list.

  38. Awesome sign!!

  39. Hi~

    Sweet Tea is the Best!! Thank you for hosting, off to visit many of the great links!


    Drop By & Visit {The Tattered Tag}

  40. Thanks for hosting the party! I’ve linked up! I’m a new blogger so I’m really glad I found your blog! Blessings!

  41. Oh I love that sign..and the KITCHEN!!! Its all beautiful!
    I would love for you to link it up at my link party!!


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