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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

DIY! Memories for My Mom and a Vintage-Inspired Restaurant Sign

When I went down to Los Angeles last week for the CHA I stopped by my parents house to celebrate some birthday's with them. You can check out the Vintage Inspired Hot Rod Sign I made for my Dad too! This sign is for my Mom!
Once upon a time, my grandparents owned a restaurant in Carson, CA there is not much left in terms of memorabilia, so I wanted to make something for my Mom that reminded her of the restaurant. My inspiration was the name of the restaurant...and then I found this window...LOVE...do you see that yummy chippy white goodness with the sea green peeking out. But, it is for my Mom, so I let it go. This was a simple project, and the excellent quality of products I used made it even better.

  • DecoArt Gloss Enamels: Black
  • Rockler Bench Cookies (for elevating the window when spraying)
  • Rockler Deft Wood Finish Spray
  • Dremel Multi-Max with Sanding attachment
  • DISChangers, 2-2"
  • Paint brushes
  • Computer print out of font/words for signage
  • Painters tape
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloth or newspaper for protecting surfaces

HERE'S a PDF Tutorial

Go Visit The DIY Club for the FULL TUTORIAL!

This is am easy project - clean up the window and paint or seal it,
and then design your logo/lettering for the signage and paint it on. 
Let the natural goodness of the old window shine through!
Just sand it and protect it with a finishing spray.
You can paint it too...I just happened to have found a great window.

Paint the lettering on the back of the glass.

add a couple of DISChangers and find the perfect place for it...
or in my case deliver it to your Mom! 

Don't forget to check out my Dad's sign too! He'd be sad if you didn't.


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  1. Turned out very nice. Love your new blog look!

  2. This is so sweet Holly - I love the character of the window. It looks great weiht the lettering.
    And the blog design is fabulous!!! Love that Header! :)

  3. Catching up (as usual) on my reader and wanted to tell you I love the makeover. MUCH more "you" Holly!

  4. So fun and what a great piece of memorabilia.

    ps. LOVE the new look around here!!

  5. This is fantastic Holly and I love the new blog look too!

  6. Thanks for sharing this project, makes me want to dust off some of the old windows I have stored in the garage.

  7. awww, how sweet! :)
    your blog looks great! love the new tickled pink button! :)
    don't delete the old one, k? lol

  8. I love this! How cute and sentimental:) I bet she loved it!!


  9. I love it Holly! You're making me long for a trip to the mercantile!!!

  10. This is such an awesome Idea! I want one for my to-be kitchen! :D

  11. The new look is lovely by the way! :D

  12. Home made is always the best! What kind of paint did you use for the glass? I changed my blog looks- I love yours too!

  13. Love. LOVE. Love! I think I might be making one of these soon!
    Blog looks great! Fab job! Did you do it?

  14. What a cool sign! And I love the new look!

  15. Love this one just as much...and loving the new look!

    Happy Wednesday to you!

  16. The window looks great! (and so does your new blog design!)

  17. Oooh......LOVE the new look, Holly. It still looks like 'you' but cleaner and fresher. Love it!


  18. Nice work! Love the final product :)

  19. flippin love this! and your new blog design too... very clean and easy to navigate and i like seeing your name at the top! xoxo malia

  20. Holly, thank you so much for linking up your wonderful antiqued signs at "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!


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