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DIY Kitchen Wall Sign | Thrift Store Decor

It was a simple task to put this DIY wall sign together using two small metal signs I found at the thrift store and an old door panel. 

This is one of those projects where I was patting myself on the back and celebrating with chocolate. It’s just too darn cute and everything came together so easy. It was almost too easy.

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The colors in the metal signs are what grabbed my attention at the thrift store. Also the vintage look of the signs although they are not vintage.

Today is Thrift Store Decor Day. It’s one of my favorite share days and I know you guys enjoy the thrifty makeover ideas too. Be sure and take the tour after reading this post!

thrift store finds

The pair of metal signs cost $2. I’m not sure if they were used as wall hangings or what but there is a tag on the back of each so I know they weren’t attached to a board or anything originally.

DIY Kitchen wall sign thrift store decor
DIY Kitchen Wall Sign Made From Thrift Store Finds And Reclaimed Wood

I wanted to make a bigger impact with the small signs and I came up with a way to combine the two in one large sign.

reclaimed wood door panel

The day I purchased them I went straight home and down to the workshop. I knew there was a reclaimed door panel in my stash that might work for the project I had in mind. I was right. The color couldn’t be more perfect. I’m not sure what the color is but it looks like a cross between rusty orange and dark coral.

cleaning and distressing paint

The piece is part of a wood panel door. At the junk store where I shop Mr. Butler takes apart the doors that are not in good shape and that’s how I ended up with this panel. I sanded it real good, cleaned it up, and applied a coat of Howard’s Wax.

wire hanger and wall protectors

On the back of the panel I added a wire hanger attached by two small screws and felt wall protectors to the four edges. Always add wall protectors to your wall signs, mirrors, or anything hanging on the wall.

hot dog hamburger kitchen wall hanging

I found eight short screws to attach the tins to the board and ta-dah……a DIY kitchen wall sign. And I completed this project in under an hour. The photo above shows the sign hanging in our dining area. I use this wall a lot to photograph finished wall hangings. The white wall makes a nice backdrop. The sign is the perfect piece to hang on a kitchen wall.

Most of the projects I make are to sell in my booth but I like to take photos showing them displayed in the house. This thrifty sign is so cute I may keep it for myself. At least for a little while.

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About the photos. Sometimes I set up little vignettes if the project doesn’t fit with my home colors/decor. You would not believe some of the crazy things us bloggers do to get a nice photo for the blog and for Pinterest. Take this photo for example. The Hamburger/Hot Dog sign looks great against the green. Let me show you how I staged the photo……

how I take photos or photo staging 1

This is the area of the workshop where we store Sofi’s play things. I hung the sign on the green cabinet and staged the luggage and other things around the sign. Then I set on the floor, laid on the floor, etc.,  and took photos. See…..bloggers are crazy. 

You can find my Rooster Kitchen Wall Decor here.

Time to see what my thrifty friends put together this month. Just click the pink text links below the “before makeover” photo collage below. Before rushing off leave a quick comment if you have time. I would love to know what you think of the kitchen Hamburger Hotdog wall sign!

Thrift store decor projects from the team March 10 2021

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Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover – My Repurposed Life

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Concrete Planter Makeover – Our Southern Home

Vintage Vanity Stool Makeover –  My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Seed Storage Box From A Wooden Recipe Holder – Sadie Seasongoods

Repurposed Tobacco Basket Project – House of Hawthornes

As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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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

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  1. This idea is genius, my friend! What a great way to give smaller art pieces a bigger impact and add more color.

  2. I love how you fit that vintage suitcase in the shot! Super cute repurposing of the signs. They make much of of an impact together like that!

  3. so clever to put the signs together Kathy.

    funny about the staging–been there–done that!



  4. I love what you did with these metal signs. I’m kicking myself for getting riding of a ton of these. You always have the best ideas!

  5. This is adorable! So cute and so easy. You have the ability to see stuff and “re-see” it repurposed. I have the ability to copy … which is why I appreciate your posts so much!

  6. I go absolutely nuts(so my hubby says) when it comes to old metal signs. I just can not pass them up and I adore what you done with yours; Perfect match-up

    When it comes to picture taking; you gotta do what you gotta do; especially when it comes to DIY projects, the babies and young toddlers; just got to get right down at eye level to get that good photo shot or up on a ladder to get that good shot; like a large family gathering. A ladder works great for a large group.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful project. Great Inspiration. :} You made my day showing them metal signs.

    Enjoy your day & have a wonderful evening

  7. Thank you Donna! Words of praise from the Queen of upcycle make me smile. Have a great weekend!

  8. Kathy, you sure know how to ramp up a few thrift store finds. Your idea has this project looking like it should have been sold like this all along! Love that punch of orange, it is PERFECT.

    I’ve featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 364. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

  9. This is so cute. I love how you paired them together with the old door. Thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty

  10. Oh my gosh Kathy, I laughed when I saw the staged photo (with you not at you). The things we do or contortions we put our bodies through to get just the right shot. Your photos are beautiful and I just LOVE the wall art! pinning to share 🙂

  11. I love the sign you did a great job Kathy!! I appreciate you sharing the “backstory” of your photo shoots. Those are great ideas even if it is a little crazy! It just goes to show how creative you really are & thinking outside the box ?

  12. Ha, ha, photographers are crazy, too! (Speaking as one, myself!) So you got a double dose of crazy, huh? But, the sign is great! I think someone would give you a lot of pennies for it!

    Your blog is always fun and full of surprises. I love it!

  13. That’s a great piece. What fun to put something so good together out of just stuff. Nice.

  14. Hi there! This sign is just too cute! Did you need to cut down the door panel for it or were you lucky enough for it to work with the project as is? If you needed to cut it down, what did you use? I miter saw?