Sure, we can say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to our friends when they enter our home this month, but it would be pretty festive (and impressive) to show off seasonal joy thorough an eye-catching holiday sign. This upcycle project uses cabinet doors, which can be found aplenty at ReStore, along with a huge selection of paint and brushes. This creative craft and following instructions come from Wendi of H2OBungalow.com, where you can find more fun DIY ideas.
- Cabinet doors
- Acrylic craft paint, white, green, red and black
- Small round paintbrush
- Large paintbrush
- Painters tape for delicate surfaces
- Printed holiday message
- Graphite paper
- Colored pen or pencil
Start by cleaning the cabinet door with soap, then dry thoroughly. Paint the entire cabinet door white.
Next, the creator typed the words “Happy Holidays” on my computer in a font I liked, then printed it out to fit the center of the door. Graphite paper — inexpensive and easy to find at craft stores or online — works great to trace and transfer the letters onto the sign and functions just like carbon paper.
When working with graphite paper I like to use a colored pen or pencil so I can see where I’ve already traced. Another good tip is to stay on the edge of the letter you are tracing, not inside and not outside of the lines. This will give you clear, crisp letters.
Going over the letters you’ve transferred with a small round paintbrush works best on a project like this. Dip only the tip in the paint to keep letters neat and consistent. If tracing and hand painting letters isn’t your thing, stencils work well on this kind of project, too.
Once the lettering is done it’s time to add some color. The natural edges of the cabinet door ridges make adding red and green holiday colors easy. I painted everything except the center of my cabinet door in a holiday green and let it dry. Then I taped off where I wanted to add a splash of red border with tape for delicate areas and painted it with two coats of red.
Carefully remove the tape as soon as the paint is dry to the touch.
That’s all there is to upcycling a cabinet door into a pretty holiday sign!
These holiday signs look fantastic leaning against a mantle in layers with other holiday items like pine cones and burlap ribbon. They also look great displayed on the wall with added hanging hardware.
Upcycling and repurposing items found at ReStore is such a fun way to be creative and do a good deed at the same time. Cabinet door sign projects are great year round and fun to customize.
Power suits were traded for colorful flip-flops when a relocation to Florida set the stage for an opportunity to dramatically downsize and simplify the family lifestyle. Choosing to follow in the family footsteps of creativity and art, Wendi uses her barrier island 1950s waterside bungalow, as the stage for her creative outlet and blog, H2OBungalow. Using everything from paint to power tools, Wendi tackles one DIY project at a time to create a fabulous coastal home with charm.