Create a DIY love sign using finds from your garage, junk drawer, or workshop.
This is a fun piece to display for Valentine’s Day. I can keep the sign for next year or take the sign apart and use the pieces in another project.
This is Thrift Store Decor Tour Day, and we have nine thrifty makeovers to share today.
The reclaimed wood board I selected for my sign base is the side of a small drawer. It has been in my wood stash forever. I painted it years ago, trying out different paint techniques.
I went through my stash of hardware and rusty pieces I’ve collected over the years. This cabinet I purchased at an auction in Arkansas is crammed full of stuff.
I love using old garden spigots in projects. I even used one as a drawer pull.
These are the pieces I finally selected for the “love” letters.
Once I laid the pieces out on the piece of wood, I realized they blended with the wood too much, and I needed some color contrast somewhere.
I recently purchased this pretty paint color in Miss Lillian’s No-Wax Chock Paint and decided to paint the wood board.
The color is more fuchsia than red and is perfect for a Valentine’s sign. I brushed on one coat of paint and then distressed the paint using a sanding block so it would look aged.
Adding foam wall protectors to the four corners on the backside of the sign helps protect the wall from damage. I added two screws with a piece of wire strung between the two for a hanger. The writing on the back of the board is the names of the paints I used for the earlier paint technique sample board.
The paint is very flat with no sheen at all. I used Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin to give it a little shine. The sealer goes on white but dries clear. You can see where the black paint and a bit of bare wood show through where I distressed the paint.
The final step was the easiest. I used hot glue to adhere the pieces to the board. The photo I took of the glue process was really bad, so no photo, but you guys know how to use hot glue.
I decided at the last minute to make the “V” a vase.
I liked the white flowers with the pink tips, but the contrast with the bold yellow flowers was the best.
You might also have noticed I changed out the garden spigot “O” letter. I ran across the Easltake-style door knob plate and decided it worked better with the other pieces.
I’m not sure about the flowers, but they make the piece look different from Valentine’s love signs I’ve made in the past. Like this one…
This is the Love Letters Block Sign I made many years ago. Now it’s time to take the Thrift Store Decor Tour. Just click the text links below the “before” makeovers photo collage….
Thrift Store Decor Tour….
Vintage Headboard Makeover – My Repurposed Life
Love Sign – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
Thrift Store Box Makeover – Our Southern Home
Upcycled Boho Bamboo Decor – House Of Hawthornes
DIY Vintage Aged Pottery Vessel – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Eleven Washboard Upcycled Projects – Organized Clutter
Upcycled Cedar Chest Trunk – Shop At Blu
Leave a quick note if you have time and thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com