>Welcome Sign

>As I mentioned in an earlier post (but didn’t explain…I promise it’s coming!)…we’re moving again! I wanted to make something for our new place, so I figured this might be the perfect piece to “welcome” us and others to our new home:

Here’s how I made it:

It all started at ReStore, which is where so many of my thrifty stories start out. I found this beautiful *ahem* cabinet door for $2, which is at the bottom of this picture (with some other ReStore finds)

So, I primed it:

Then I used my FREE SAMPLE (thanks Valspar!) to paint it this lovely neutral (PS – how stinkin cute is this mini-roller and paint tray?! I LOVE THEM!!)

I wanted a little depth and texture, so I used this glaze, mixed with some oops paint to put some paint on top with a dry brush:

Then I let it sit. Maybe for a few days, but really more like a few weeks. THEN the amazing Roeshel from the DIY Show-Off offered some vinyl on her site because only one person can win a Silhouette 🙂 She’s so stinkin sweet!! Seriously, if you’re not following the DIY Show-Off, you must be living under a rock 😉 I asked for some white vinyl, gave her the dimensions, and when I got the vinyl, it gave me the kick in the butt I needed to re-start this project again.

This is my first vinyl project…hooray! I SO wish I had a Silhouette, but it’s just not even close to being in our budget. I just pray that one day I’ll win one of those give-aways 🙂

So, I applied the vinyl, and then put another coat of glaze mixed with some very light paint over the whole thing:

Once that dried, I did some light sanding in various parts to add some interest and dimension.
I bought some hardware off of Ebay for $1.50 a piece, which I thought was a really good deal considering how expensive hardware can be!! I measured, marked, pre-drilled holes, and then drilled the screws into the hooks:

Then I hung some heavy-duty pictures wire on the back, and here she is!

*I may or may not have taken these pictures in my car on my new lunch break…because I won’t be home before dark for a few days.  Wow.  I can’t believe I just admitted that!*
I think it will be PERFECT for our new place, to hang my purses on, or light jackets in the spring…
Cost breakdown:
Cabinet Door: $2
Paint: Free & on hand
Vinyl: Free (thanks Roeshel!)
Hardware: $1.50/piece, $9 total
Total Cost: $11.00

Yay for thrifty and functional projects! 🙂 

Let me know your thoughts…
Are you as obsessed with light gray as I am? 
How do you organize your coats/hanging things without a coat closet?

20 Responses to “>Welcome Sign”
  1. Kim says:

    >Great job on the sign, I love it! I LOL'd about you taking the pictures in your car. Sounds like something I'd do. If only this thing called work didn't get in the way of thrifting and crafting, huh?

  2. >This is super cute! I just made an entryway coat hanger thingy.. yours is super cute!! I love that you got so many hooks on it too. Great job. Have a terrific weekend. 🙂

  3. >Christina – it's a beautiful DIY functional piece for your new home! I love the paint technique and finish! Thanks so much for your kind words. ::smile:: YOU are so sweet too. :)I'm so glad you linked up your creativity in the DIY party. Can't wait to see more of your new home and DIY. Good luck!Roeshel

  4. Jill says:

    >The sign looks great Christina! Well done for finishing it off so beautifully! (and on such a great budget too!)Living in the tropics means we don't have much need for anywhere to hang coats – but we used to have a hanger similar to this (but not nearly as cool!) for our swimming towels at our last house – must get around to putting on up here! Thanks for the inspiration!!Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!Hope you have a great week!Jill @ Creating my way to Successhttp://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  5. >WOW! What a great repurpose! It looks wonderful!Carahttp://miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

  6. >Very pretty…thanks for sharing how you did it! I always like a good tutorial!

  7. Jamie says:

    >Looks amazing. What a great place to hang keys, or anything else. I would love for you to share it on More The Merrier Monday's Link Party!!http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  8. Felicia says:

    >I love a good cheap and easy craft!Would love for you to share at my new link party!http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/04/want-to-party.html

  9. >That turned out great! You did a really good job!http://lucyluvinyl.blogspot.com/

  10. >This is so cute! What a great piece for an entry way!

  11. Kelli says:

    >It's super cute. But now that's you've done your first vinyl project, do you want a Silhouette even more?

  12. Janet says:

    >This looks fantastic!!! I hear ya on the silhouette being in the budget, I just can't do it!http://www.iheartmygluegun.com

  13. Nat says:

    >Fantastic job! I've been shopping-stumped lately trying to find a coat rack to hang behind the front door. This would work perfectly!

  14. Tonya says:

    >Love your welcome sign! Very cute!! I wish we had a ReStore nearby!

  15. Jodie says:

    >Love this!I'm your newest follower!Warm Wishes,Jodiehttp://lovelaughteranddecor.blogspot.com/

  16. >What a great and practical piece! Thanks so much to linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

  17. >I absolutely love the ReStore!! and I love the free samples from Valspar!! Really cute sign, I've been trying to win a Silhouette machine for forever, hopefully I get lucky!Lovingbirdblog.blogspot.com

  18. Olga says:

    >This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing. I can't get enough of the beauties the Silhouette can make… Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick.

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