Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's your sign?

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This is what my kitchen looked like yesterday before dinner:

I was soooo grateful for leftovers last night!

What was I doing, you ask? Well, I was finally doing SOMEthing with a stack of cupboard doors I bought at a RE-Store closing last summer (they were about $2/each). I painted eight cupboard doors in a creamy white, and then turned them in to SIGNS inspired by Miss Mustard Seed and Miss Funky Junk!

I used my Silhouette to design the lettering for each sign.
Here's what I've come up with so far...

The "Farmers Market" sign is huge...and probably my least favorite. I didn't care for how "flat" the black lettering looked on the white background, even after I glazed and distressed the sign. It's hard to tell, but the letters on the top row have been given a green "shadow," while the bottom letters are waiting to be done. It gave the sign some more depth and interest.

I decided, however, that I preferred white letters on a bright background. Here are some of my other completed signs!

This is the first one I tried the black shadowing on, and I really liked it, even though I didn't know what I was doing. My husband has not forgiven me for using his very-special-model paintbrushes for my signs!

Here's a completed "Farmers Market."

"Juicy Berries" was a really really bright green. With a brown glaze, it's only really.

"Fresh Cupcakes" is my favorite!

So...which one do you like?
Any suggestions for more signs?

I have more cupboard doors!


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The Frosted Gardner said...

Great signs Korrie! Fun colors!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are great!! I think the green one is my fav.

Jaime Costiglio said...

Korrie such a perfect use for those doors and your painting skills are gorgeous. Love the words and ideas, marking this for reference.

Anonymous said...

Actually the "farmer's market" is my favorite! :-)

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Your signs looks great! They're all fun! I make a sign, white w/black lettering, and when distressing, I sanded the letters too and love how it softening the whole effect. But your "shadow" idea is great.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

So sorry about that comment, it's way past my bedtime and my typing is terrible at this hour! :)

Megan Gunyan said...

They all look awesome. I love the bright colors!

Kim said...

Love, love, love this idea!!! I'm so happy to have found your blog. I'm going to follow you from now on.
Please stop by for a visit sometime.

soldiermom said...

I have old cabinet doors at home and I am getting ready to do the very same thing! These look great! Farmer's Market is my fav!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I like them all! The white lettering really caught my eye, though. The cupcake one is really pretty, too.

Fabulous signs, Korrie!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Those are such an amazing use of old doors. I love the green. So fresh and fun!

The Texas Woman said...

I'm thinking of making signs (for my own use) using vintage brands and saying like: Sunbeam Bread or Good to the Last Drop. Hadn't thought of using cabinet doors though. Thanks for the idea!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

I like 'em all. I'm a huge fan of signs! Just can't get enough.
I got some free cupboard doors last week. :) Not sure what I'll do with 'em.
Thanks for sharing @ Catch as Catch Can!

Pamela said...

I love making signs from cabinet doors! You did a great job, I tried to pick a favorite and even though I would never have painted one bright green, my eyes keep going back to the Juicy Berries one. I really like it!

Kath said...

umm WOW I love this. so creative and fun. I like the juicy berries one the most.

your new follower,

Rachel said...

I think Farmers Market on the bright green. :D

I've never heard of making signs from cabinet doors. They are so cute!

I can see "Laundry" on one of the doors.....

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

i love signs of all kinds,, you did a great job, i love them all. Farmers market is my favorite.
What about doing a family name sign.

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

I adore the bright green sign and the cupcake one!

Kristie @ All for Giggles said...

These are really cute! Are they decoration or are you putting them on your cupboards? I'd love to see a picture of them in the kitchen!
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Kelly said...

These are wonderful! I absolutely love the green one!


Full Circle Creations said...

Great signs! I just finished a Farmer's Market sign last night!


Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Very cute! I am a kitchen designer so my left over sample doors are often given to my creative friends who turn them into chalkboards for their kitchen "MENU"..super cute.
I did a Happy Holidays one for my front porch during Xmas, in Red, White and Black.

Rachel Sue said...

These are so awesome! I would love to feature these on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

Elisa said...

I have to agree that I see a laundry sign with those doors and then a powder room, too.

I LOVE this idea and I'm going to have to try and find me something like this to make for my house!

Gypsy Heart said...

Outstanding! I love them ~ and the Farmers Market is beautiful I think. I'd love one for the bath ~ perhaps those loved French words? :-) Perhaps Bon Appetit for the kitchen? My head is splitting right now so I'm not very creative.

Great job!!

Bliss said...

I knew I shouldn't of looked. Do I need to get myself this Shilouette you speak of? I pick the Mercantile one.