Friday, February 19, 2010

Vintage Family Rules Sign


Hello! I'm Erin from Decor AllureI'm a Mom of six with a love of decorating.  I love the challenge of trying to decorate for this crowd, yet budget-friendly.  I love garage sales, thrift stores, re-painting, re-upholstering, and re-everything!

     I have fallen in love with these vintage subway signs I'm seeing everywhere. But at prices like $785 for the ones from Restoration Hardware, it's out of the question.



 Then...I saw this family rules sign idea at http://www.tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/ :


 Not really fitting my home's decor, but I liked the concept. Then this crazy lady's light bulb went off! I added the two ideas together to fit my style and created this:

    Here's what I did- I already had a frame that I had a piece of 1/4" plywood cut down to size for me at Home Depot (they do 2 cuts for free and many cuts for batted eyes!) I then painted the border with off white craft acrylic paint. After dry, I taped it off and painted my center black.  Two coats later, sand down the whole surface until sufficiently "aged." 
     I then typed up each phrase in a banner-making program and printed each out.  After cutting them out, I layed them out on the board as I wanted and taped the edges down to hold them in place.  Now here comes the fun part; place a sheet of carbon paper between the wood and printed paper.  On the first phrase, trace each letter.  Take off the paper and carbon and you should have a nice copy of your lettering.  Using a paint pen in off white (I used the medium and fine tip "DecoColor" brand from Michael's), trace again and fill in each letter. I kept a piece of cardboard handy to help blot the tip when it got a little too full. You can use the finer tip to define the edges of each letter a bit better. When done with the first phrase, move down to the next.  I just worked on the floor, laying on a pillow so I could really see what I was doing (and make sure I could really smell those lovely paint fumes!)
     When all dry, I sanded the letters to help age them as well.  Since making this first one, I found another larger frame at Goodwill.  It was taller and had a chunkier frame that I painted black:


I even made a few on some ready-made pine boards from Home Depot and hung them without a frame. Here's one that's dark brown and cream:

    This really wasn't that hard, yet it makes such a fun, custom sign.  Not bad for just under $20, huh?  A friend suggested making a subway-style sign using street names from your life (your different homes' streets, the street you grew up on, etc.)  I just saw this idea of writing a poem or saying on a large piece of plywood to make an inexpensive, but large piece of artwork for that big, empty wall:

   You can find instructions for this from Amanda at http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/diy/an-easy-doityourself-statement-sign-heres-lookin-at-me-kid-107848
    Oooh, the possibilities!  Try it! Just send me your signs for future inspiration.

44 comments:

  1. Erin,
    I love the family rules and the long subway signs that are in the kitchen.
    Trust me, though it is funny, I'll frequent your blog for decor tips and tricks!

    -Doug

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  2. I love that you have a blog!!!! I am in love with my sign, everytime I see my stairs it makes me happy!

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  3. Erin I am so glad you are doing a blog! You are so creative! Now I can keep up with everything you are doing!!

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  4. I put your blog on my reader!! Watch out now I'm going to stalk you (only on blogland of course). You are my inspiration Erin!!! So glad to know you :)

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  5. I'm excited about your new blog! I just wish that you were here to do the projects together!

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  6. I am so excited for your blog!! You have the best ideas!

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  7. I need some new things for the wall and that would be a perfect start. Yours is great! jackie

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  8. You did all this and you have six (6)!!! kiddos? How the heck does that work??? :-)

    Love this!

    Ellen

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  9. That's fantastic! I love your fresh version of the family rules.

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  10. This is just the best!! I love it!

    Stop by and check out my Easter napkin ring promotion and see some of my Easter Tablescape ideas.

    Karin

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  11. I love your spin on this. I'd been eying a similar sign on a website but it was $300! This seems so easy and doable. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love it!!! I just made very similar to yours, but I put the fruits of the spirit on it! Love it framed!!

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  13. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I became a follower and am off to check out more of your posts.

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  14. Wow, if you sold these I would buy one. I love it! I guess I am going to have to try this.

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  15. wow! you do great work! You have a lot of patience! Glad to see it wasn't done with a cricut! :)
    fabulous job!
    gail

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  16. I love how your project turned out! I just did this as a gift to my husband using all the street names of the house that we have lived in....we've moved a lot....and include childhood addresses too. I stenciled my words but I think I'd like to try and do it like you did yours. Thanks so much for showing us your technique!! :)

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  17. I LOVE this!! Thank you for the inspiration, I may just have to make one of these for our home.

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  18. LOVE this idea! I just started a linky party over at my place- I'd love for you to feature this!!!

    http://lovinmylovebugs.blogspot.com

    Rachelle

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  19. Amazing - I have seen the subway signs too & having grown up riding the subways I would never spend that kind of $ - even if I could. You project looks AMAZING. I am a bit DIY challenged, but I would love to try... Thanks!

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  20. Found you via asoftplacetoland! I love your version of the family rules! I so need to do this. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  21. I love it! Such a great idea and thanks for the tutorial.

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  22. I want to do this! I am planning on doing it for our anniversary, with our addresses. Where do you get carbon paper? Is it at Michaels? Thanks.

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  23. That is seriously cool! Love the style mixed with special things about your family. Very fun!!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  24. Carbon paper might be at Michael's, but I got it at OfficeMax, seen it in the office section of WalMart. Have fun!

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  25. I really love this idea. another one to add to my long list of things to do! Thanks for sharing!!

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  26. Do you mind sharing the couple of fonts that you have found to work best, as well as the font size? These are awesome! I have an old painting that I'm going to do this to - looks great!!!! I love your blog and stumbled on it through ASPTL... Thanks!!!!!!

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  27. Just found your blog. I love this idea and will use it too!!! Thanks so much.

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  28. I would love to buy one of these. Are you selling them???? Thanks so much!

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  29. LOVE it! I am also in love with subway signs and want to make one instead of paying and arm and a leg!

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  30. Found your blog from Tip Junkie. I wish I would have thought of this first! LOL. It looks fantastic!

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  31. I _love_ your subway signs, and have linked to your idea on my blog (unless you would like me not to). I have an old door that I think would be great painted like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. It loooks great! (And you're right, we are on the same wavelength....) Thanks for stopping by.
    :)

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  33. Okay, that looks fantastic! I love your family rules. I kind of wish I could make one for my house, but I've already got my scripture piece in my living room. Maybe I could make one for upstairs.

    Thanks for posting on my scripture art.
    Amber @ It's Greener Over Here

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  34. Oh my goodness! So cute! I like yours better than any of those super expensive ones anyway! Great job!!!
    ~Robin @keephomesimple.blogspot.com

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  35. I stumbled upon your Family Rules sign and just loved it! I've done my own bus roll recently--I think they are great in decor!

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  36. You are so creative. For those with limited time check out http://subway-sign.com
    They have affordable signs and customization and shipping is free.

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  37. Great post - and nice inspiration! I linked it to my "subway art" post, thanks!

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  38. Hello there...I so love this..do you sell them? I found htis and I do not have a vinyl lettering kit or anything like that...would love to have this in my home...thanks!
    kellijodix@yahoo.com

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  39. LOVE LOVE this!! I went to Home Depot to get one of the ready-made Pine Boards, but they didn't have anything like that. What are the dimensions of your signs so I can get some wood cut? I can't really tell how large they are from the pics. THANKS!!
    Racheljone@aol.com

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  40. What size did you cut your plywood?

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  41. Thank you very much about sharing this post with us

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  42. this is my first visit for your site but i like it and i will be one of your followers

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