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Coffee Nook Wood Sign

Coffee Nook Sign

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If you follow me on Facebook (click the “F” on the right of the screen if you don’t follow already) or Instagram, you’ve seen my new coffee nook. I just love how it turned out and I really think my little coffee nook sign gives an extra punch of cuteness. Seriously, don’t you want to be punched by cuteness? Trust me, you do. This is possibly the easiest sign I’ve made to date and you can make one like it!

Board Size and Material

I totally made this sign from scraps. Scrounging around in The Mean Man’s shop, I came across a 2×12 board that was cut into a square. A two inch board easily stands on it’s end unless it’s too tall. I pushed the limit with my 12×12 size but it ended up balancing perfectly. You may or may not be aware that when you buy a board like a 2×12, it’s not actually a true two inches by 12 inches. It’s more like 1 1/2 by 11 1/4. What is this madness?!

Anyway, I digress. You’ll need a 2ish x 12ish board cut to whatever height you want. I’m all about symmetry so I chose a board that’s roughly 11 inches square. Now the board I chose is an exterior grade wood not interior. I did not let this stop me. I just sanded it really well. All sides and surfaces should be smooth.

Paint

I used something called “Martha Steward Vintage Decor Paint.” I’ve literally had this paint for about 4 years. Using a foam brush, just thoroughly cover all of the surfaces; front and sides. The back can be left natural. For mine, it took a couple of coats to get good coverage. 

I actually had to finish up with some Waverly Chalk Paint because I ran out of the old Martha Stewart paint.

Vinyl Saying

This is the rub with making these signs. You really need a dye cutting machine of some sort. I use a Silhouette Cameo. Mine is about 4 years old. They make a smaller, less expensive machine called a Silhouette Portrait. That’s what I started with but it uses 9″ rolls of vinyl. The Silhouette uses 12″ vinyl. My choice of vinyl is Oracal 651 permanent vinyl. This vinyl sticks and stays, not like removable vinyl you might use on a wall.

I created a saying and added a little graphic. It should be sized it to fit your board. I am really bad at this. For some reason I’m just spatially challenged. So I cut my vinyl and it was too wide.

This called for me to improvise. I had to move the “the” down to the second line, so I just isolated the word and added the two words separately. Since I was already on a roll, I went ahead and cut the transfer paper in strips for the remaining two lines. This made placing the saying a bit more difficult. Usually the entire quote comes off on one sheet and it relatively easy to put the entire thing on the board at once. But, I persevered. 

Getting it all evenly space was the biggest challenge since I did the whole thing in the wonkiest way possible. I used a ruler and a prayer. It turned out pretty well, I’d say.

 

 

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