Hi friends, I have an easy project I’m sharing with you today that I just finished for my kitchen. So I’m calling it DIY Kitchen Art, because well, you make it yourself. And, I’ve created a free printable so you can make one just like it for your own kitchen.
Last Summer I found these wall hangings at a thrift store. These were originally sold at Target’s Dollar Spot but when Target doesn’t sell all their stuff they’ve been donating it to our local thrift stores. They had a stack of these 8×10 signs for $0.99 but they were all the same. That wasn’t going to work for me but I had an idea! I’ve been planning to make a sign for my kitchen and these would be the perfect canvas.
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Since I already had my large Spray Shelter set up in the front yard to paint the boards for our Living Room Shelves I pulled these out and gave them a good spraying with Rustoleum’s Chalk Board paint.
When I was ready to get started I found a font I liked and after much trial and tweaking I finally had them the size that looked perfect on the 8×10 boards. All I had to do was line up the center of the paper with the center of the board and tape it flush at the top. I used a small piece of transfer paper between the paper and the board and traced around the outside edges of the letter.
Originally I used the edge of a pen but the transferred line was too faint so instead I used the rounded cap of a chalkboard marker which made the outline a little fatter.
You can see the traced outline in this pic below. Black on black was a bit hard to see but I held it angled toward the light while I made the initial outline.
At first I thought I wanted make the letters in chalk but finally decided to use these cool Elmer’s Acrylic Paint Pens. I had no idea these existed until my friend Sarah at 1915 House used some on one of her projects.
I bought the medium tipped pens. In the future I would use the chisel tipped to make the fill-in process go faster. (The marker shown below is the one I used to transfer the outline.)
I’ll admit that I don’t have a steady hand with a small paint brush so these pens worked great for me. In the “in process” pic below you can see I had a bit of a learning curve getting the right flow. After a few coats on each, however, they all look great.
To hang them I didn’t want to put any nails into the pantry cabinet so I used some 3M Hook & Loop hangers. This way if I decide to change things up I haven’t put holes into my cabinet.
Didn’t this DIY kitchen art turn out great?
I haven’t done much as far as sprucing up my kitchen since we did the Kitchen Renovation. I’m slow like that I guess 🙂 other than making the Easy Lined Kitchen Curtains. There are a few still projects for the kitchen on my to do list. More to come on those soon, hopefully 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this project! Don’t forget to PIN IT! And keep reading below to find the Free Printable.
DIY Kitchen Art – Free Printable
A big part of blogger is about inspiring you to make beautiful things for your own homes. Since I’d already done the work for this project I want to share it with you. I’ve made my very first Free Printable that you can access through this link below. I hope it saves you some time as you create your own DIY Kitchen Art.
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