Sunday, July 6, 2014

Kitchen EAT Sign - A Thrifty Find

I've been wanting an EAT sign for our kitchen forever, but I am too cheap to pay lots of money for one, so I finally made one of my own!  We've been looking at letters every time we go to thrift shops, yard sales or auctions, but these people know the letters are wanted by us DIY types so they mark those prices up!
Just so happens the last swap meet we had in our little town finally gave me what I wanted.  E A T letters for a good price! $2 each! YAY!
The 6" letters are metal, a very nice weight of metal, a real bargain at $2 each.  They had some all thread screws in the back of them, which I removed with pliers so they would lay flat against the wall.  I cleaned the dust off of them with a wet paper towel, let them dry real good and then they were ready for paint.
Since the letters had a slick surface, I wanted to used a primer first.  We had Rustoleum primer good for metals on hand, so that's what I used.  I used Krylon's Pumpkin Orange gloss paint for my color. 
I just grabbed a scrap piece of wood for my painting surface and got to work.  First the primer.  I used a few thin coats and then let that dry really well.  Final step, the color.  Same thing, a few thin coats and let it dry really well.  So easy!
There they are hanging over the kitchen window.  It took me a while to position the nails just right to match the screw holes already in place in back of the letters, but I really like how they turned out!
I love the orange!  It really pops against the lighter colors in our kitchen. I guess you could say it makes a statement! Ha ha!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. Wonderful combination of "EAT" and "TEA". You should have to have one another "TEA" for your breakfast table. - Kitchen re-modeller in Bearsden

  2. Congrats on your find and the price! I love the orange, that was the perfect choice. Thanks for sharing this at History & Home this week, take care: Dawn @ We Call It

  3. What an awesome find! I am with you about not paying big bucks for *anything*!

    I would love for you to share your creativity at my Show-Licious Party going on now. My readers would love this project and your whole kitchen! ;)

    ~ Ashley

  4. Great find and redo! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features tonight at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. I saw your post featured on The Dedicated House this week, and had to come look at the letters. Love them!

    I also love that you have the same chicken basket on top of your cabinets! I found mine at a local Goodwill store.


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