DIY Vintage Subway Sign {Marriage Announcement}

Monday, March 8, 2010
Whew, I have been extremely busy. My plan is to debut my new projects each Monday. So here we go ...

Today was exhausting, but I did manage to get a few of my projects completed. My absolute favorite project that was completed today was my vintage subway sign {marriage announcement.} This sign is going to hang in Ryan and I's bedroom that we are refinishing. I am not going to lie, it pretty much took forever, but turned out fabulous, and just how I wanted it.

What do you think?

You can do it too! You need ...

- Wood
- Contact Paper
- Printer
- Scissors
- Primer Spray Paint
- White Spray Paint
- Black Spray Paint
- Spray Adhesive
- Painters Tape
- White Paint Pen

Here's how it works ...

I wrote and spaced out my words using Microsoft Word. I then printed it out on our home computer and headed to Kinko's to blow it up. I opted to print my paper to 36' long and 18' wide. After everything was printed, I headed over to Lowe's to get my wood cut. I did the exact same measurements.

After you gather all of your supplies, take your blown up paper and your contact paper. Cut the contact paper to the same length as the paper and coat well with spray adhesive. Adhere your paper to the contract paper and let dry.

Then take your piece of wood and prime it. I used a white spray paint primer. Wait for it to dry. After it dries, spray your wood white, and let dry.

While the wood is drying, cut out all of the letters (TEDIOUS AND OBNOXIOUS!) Bring in your dried piece of wood. Take your painters tape and create a boarder around your wood. Space out your letters to your liking, peel of the back of the contact paper, and stick them on your board.

After all the letters are stuck on, take the wood back outside and get your black spray paint. Spray the entire thing and wait for it to dry.

I waited for about 2 hours until I peeled off all of the contact paper. All the words will be white, but you'll need to take the white paint pen and touch up a bit.

After all your hard work, sit back and enjoy what you created! Have Fun!





Anonymous said...

OMG, I want to do this, but Gosh, I don't know if I can!!

Britney said...

WAY TOO COOL!!! Nice Job!! I might have to try that!!!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

WOW...that looks amazing!!! I can't wait to see it in your finished room. Thanks for the tutorial...maybe one day I'll get brave and try it! :)

Hattie said...

Yay! That turned out great! I love how you went with y'alls marriage invite!

Jane said...

Your hard work paid off, that is fabulous!

Wendy said...

VERY cool! It looks fabulous!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I LOVE this!!! I am featuring this on my sidebar RIGHT NOW! You can grab my "I was featured button" if you'd like to!
So glad I came to your blog today! You have some great ideas!!!

Jess said...

I love this project! I think it makes is that much better when you can choose your own words to put on it. Your blog is super cute, and I especially love your screen name :)

Tiffany said...

Wow, sounds like a lot of work but well worth it! It looks fabulous! Great job and what a great idea to use wedding information! Love it!

Jennifer Juniper said...

It's a lovely sign for a new couple :)

Anonymous said...

This is so awesome! Sounds way too hard for me to do myself though! LOL

Corinna said...

Ya should have used Vinyl lettering girl it would have been so much easier. I am gonna copy but use vinyl letting for sure!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

L.O.V.E. It! You did a great job spacing everything out. Can't wait to find the time to do this.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Aja said...

This is too cool! I've always liked the look of these subway signs, and I love how you personalized it. Great job!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I am originally from MO--the KC area.

Thanks for posting to the party.

My favs will be up this evening.


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Southern Fried Gal said...

I'm a little late to making the rounds. This is freaking fabulous! Thanks for sharing the how-to as well! Have a blessed week.

Southern Fried Gal said...

I borrowed your photo and linked back to this project on my SFF Friday post. I hope you don't mind. Thank you for the inspiration! Love it!

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