Today, you are in luck – we have a bonus post for you. Normally, our posts go up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but we are participating in the monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge so you get an extra post this week.
This month’s project is this-
BUT FIRST COFFEE DIY SIGN
Wanna know what’s funny about this project? Neither The Mister or I are coffee drinkers, but when I was thinking of an upcycle for this thrifted watermelon sign- a coffee cup is what came to mind. So this just might be gifted to someone down the road.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | Domestically Creative
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela – Jeanie | Create and Babble
Molly | Just a Little Creativity – Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications – Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom – Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Denise | My Thrifty House – Chelsea | Making Manzanita
Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister – Habiba | Craftify My Love
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Now for the project ~
This little watermelon sign was a Goodwill 50% off find. It was a whopping – $1.50.
Here’s what we used:
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- Orbital Sander
- Needle-nose Pliers
- Paper Towel
- Tac Cloth
- Letter D, for handle
- Coping Saw
- Glue Gun
- White Pencil
- GOOD Eraser
- White Paint Pen
Here’s what we did:
- With pliers, the wire was removed from each side.
- The crow was taken off with the screwdriver prying between the two pieces.
- The piece was then sanded, using an orbital sander, to get down to the wood. Note – A few spots of paint were left to provide a bit of rustic look to it.
- A tac cloth was used to remove any dust.
- With a paper towel, the stain was used all over the wood – let dry for at least 8 hours.
- Using an example of the writing, a white pencil was used to lightly free form the saying on the wood.
- Traced over the pencil using the paint pen. I’m, obviously, not a perfectionist so if you want perfect letters, you may want to use a stencil.
- Erased any extra marks.
- The D was cut, using a coping saw, to get the angle need for the handle.
- Where the handle would be glued on, the area was lightly sanded to get the glue to adhere.
- If desired, a picture hanger could be added to the back to hang on the wall or you can use the 3M Command Strips – Velcro.
And for those of you who enjoy your liquid hug in the morning, this sign can be perfect for any coffee station.
Don’t have a thrifted watermelon sign to upcycle? No worries! This project is just to get you inspired to see something discarded in a whole new way. Maybe your But first coffee DIY Sign is something completely different at the thrift store.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!