Y’all, Pinterest is dangerous to me. When I spend more than 30 minutes a day on it, I find myself starting too many new projects. That being said, I was inspired by all the people on Pinterest who have “recreated” the BAKERY SIGN similar to the one that Joanna uses on Fixer Upper. Every time I see a picture of a similar sign it stops me in my tracks. I wanted one, but didn’t want to pay the $70-$150. This is where I decided it was time to create my own DIY VINTAGE BAKERY SIGN
First, I had to head to Lowe’s to pick up a 1 by 6 for $4.95.
Next I painted it with a layer of white milk paint.
I did sand and “distress” it a little.
The next step involves having the letters printed. NOTE: for this transfer method to work the letters needed to be printed from a LASER printer, not inkjet. Most home printers are inkjet.
I went to our local Office Depot and had them print INVERTED (very important) BAKERY letters in Modern #20 Font. I measured the wood and told them to print the letters no larger than 5.5 inches wide. This came out to be 550 font size. They printed each letter on a separate 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper.
Next I took the letters and arranged them on the wood as I saw fit. Word of advice; cut the paper down as small as you can around the letters. This makes it easier when you have to “rub off” the excess paper after it has been transferred.
Next step; take the Mod Podge and coat the letters, then lay them face down on the wood.
I also covered the top with one coat of Mod Podge as well. Now for the waiting game.
I waited about 3 hours (wait until its completely dry) and then I took a damp washcloth and lightly scrubbed the top layer of paper away. The idea is that the paper will peel off and leave the black letters on the wood.
You can tell I am going for a more “distressed, vintage look.”
After I scrubbed as much off as I could, I took Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Wax and covered the wood with a layer to protect and seal the letters.
I’m so pleased to have my own DIY VINTAGE BAKERY SIGN for under $10.