Any time I make over a space, you can pretty much place a bet that I’m gonna make something snazzy to go on the wall. I just can’t seem to help myself. For my kitchen I was inspired by a vintage metal sign that I saw in a local shop, but could not fathom giving $200 for a piece of painted metal (even if it was vintage & collectable.) So I did what I always do, I made one. Want to make this easy metal sign? Let’s do it!
For this project you’ll need:
- a piece of 24 inch by 24 inch metal (I found mine at Lowe’s for $10)
- black spray paint (I like Valspar paint + primer)
- white spray paint
- 1 inch painter’s tape
- adhesive vinyl (I used black from my friends at Happy Crafters)
- vinyl transfer tape
- tape measure or yard stick
- Silhouette Machine
- drill with metal bit
- screws for hanging
Start by cleaning the metal well, then spraying it with several light coats of black spray paint until thoroughly coated.
Using light coats will help you get better coverage.
Next, cut your vinyl with the words you’d like to use (I used self service only in Arial font). It all fits well onto one sheet that’s 24 inches long.
Once you’ve picked off all the negative space on the vinyl, cut the words apart, so you can place them individually.
Using the transfer tape, put it over the letters and burnish it well to the vinyl with your thumbnail. There are tools for this, but I’ve found that nothing works better than a fingernail.
After the black paint is dry, apply the painter’s tape to tape off a border around the edge of the sign, using the edge of the metal for a guide to get the tape straight.
Before applying the vinyl letters, measure off the 6 inch, 12 inch and 18 inch marks on each side, plus the center at top and bottom, applying just a dab of tape (make sure to remove it before painting.)
Next, apply the vinyl to the sign using those guide marks. Take your time and be careful so it’s all lined up. (One more time: remove those tape bits for the marking centers.)
Now spray several coats of white paint, once again light coats are your friend.
When the paint is dry, drill a hole in each corner, peel off all the tape and vinyl and hang your sign using the screws.
*Thanks to Happy Crafters for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, photos, words & opinions are 100% my own, yo.*