Monday, August 27, 2012

Vintage Soda Shop Ice Cream Sign

Ever have those days where the amount of projects you've got going outnumber the flat surfaces you've got to put them on?
Yeah, that's me!

In the past two weeks I've:

  • made my first set of boy name blocks
  • painted and stenciled a picture frame and mat
  • put the first coat of paint on cabinets for my craft room (a.k.a. laundry room)
  • had my kitchen table covered 90% of the time with one of the curtains from my hearth room (can't wait to show you this project... I'm painting them!)
  • and... made the ice cream sign I'm showing you today

If I could manage to stick to a single project at a time, it might not take me weeks and weeks to finish just one!!

Oh, I also read two books... if you liked Hunger Games, check out Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.
You won't be disappointed!

Ok, onto the sign...

This one started as a dark old cabinet door I bought for around $3 at my local ReStore.
I slapped some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White on it and then did a quick color wash with watered down ASCP in Coco.

Used the Silhouette Cameo to cut a Contact Paper stencil.

I knew I wanted to make it into a sign, and eventually decided on a vintage Soda Shop look. It was either that or something about drinking Margarita's... supposedly this is more "family friendly". WHATEVER!

I suppose I like Ice Cream just as much as I like Margarita's... uh, NOT!!


I painted the letters with more Coco ASCP, then went over that with a lightly watered down Duck Egg Blue ASCP.
I ended by sanding and sealing with some clear wax.


Makes me want a Sundae.

Now that I've practiced on the sign, I'm off to finish tackling those craft room cabinets.
(Any guesses what kind of finish they're gonna have?)
Mr Concrete is just itching to install them so the kitchen island isn't permanently covered by drop cloths, paint and Mod Podge.

You'd think he'd be used to that by now...

Fun Parties I'm Linking Up With:



  1. That looks AWESOME. Love the vintage feel.

  2. Gorgeous as always!! There is a little vintage shop down the street from my office. You could totally sell that there and make a KILLING! Like I've said, you've got some talent girl!!

  3. I just love that little sign! I'm going to have to be on the lookout for old cabinet doors now! Also, I love that insulator in the jar - I have a few, I might try them under a cloche. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. You sound like me with all the projects going on at once. I love it!! So cute.

  5. I'm going to have to figure out how to do your lettering without a silhouette cutter. Any suggestions?
    Love this project so much.
    I'll be following you. Not in a stalker way.

  6. What a great sign! I'm so glad that I'm following you, thanks for the inspiration:)


  7. Great sign...I know what you mean about the projects!! Never enough time :) Laurel

  8. At least my projects are all in my room on a table...oh, and outside in the garage...and maybe a few in the hall closet. One thing is for sure they're not getting done at the moment...DANG IT!!! Love it Sis!!! Like I said, that with a reddish hue instead of blue for Christmas would be accepted just fine...since I don't have a silhouette!!!

  9. I love it! My dining room table is always covered with my projects,too! I always have to do a mad dash if we get compamy and do a big swoop of things into a nearby closet...hehe.

  10. This is awesome! Love it!! I've pinned it because I need to remember the layering of paints...and I'm bad for remembering.
    Oh, and my guess for what finish your cabinets will have is margarita green...
    Debbie :)

  11. Awesome sign! I love it! I'd love for you to share this at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at Hope you can stop by!

  12. Love this sign. I always look forward to your new posts :)

  13. Love, love, love this--thanks so much for linking up!

  14. I love it! What a great sign...excellent job!

  15. How cute! That's a slogan is sure agree with! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  16. I think I may need counseling for the fact that I find myself coveting just about everything you do. Stop that! :)
    On second thought, don't!
    I love this, BTW, in case you hadn't figured that out.

  17. So cuuute! I like the idea of using an old cabinet door. I love Habitat Restore!

  18. Hi Jeannine!
    I love your sign! That turned out really cute! I love using those old cabinet Doors to make signs! Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  19. That seals it. I NEEDS me a Cameo. Love your sign... you did a fabulous job! :)

  20. Love the sign!! Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday!

  21. I agree, I never feel like I have enough counter/table space. I keep moving everything around :-{. I love this sign, you really did a great job! I have a few old cabinet doors out in the garage. Look forward to you sharing tonight with Sunday’s Best!

  22. I love your ice cream sign. Great idea for a cabinet door.


  23. This would be perfect at our house! We LOVE ice cream!

  24. That is so awesome! You did a great job. Megan

  25. Loving it, if you make an extra one you can send it my way! I'll take good care of it! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  26. This is great! I love the distressing and the color choices - spot on! (visiting from DebbieDoo's)
    Jacque @theDIYvillage

  27. Beautiful! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow!

  28. This is beautiful! I love the color and saying :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  29. Love the font! This turned out lovely.

  30. This turned out so cute, thanks for sharing! I have to get one of those tools. Featuring at my party tomorrow afternoon. -K

  31. Great sign - who doesn't love ice-cream! Was that an original vintage lettering you used or did you make it yourself? If so, which font did you use?

  32. I have the same question as cocalores, I couldn't find this design in the silhouette online store, where did you get this design? Did you make it up? It's GREAT!

  33. You rock, Girl! I don't have a silhouette, but i think I need one, now... I NEED to make that margarita sign... ;-)

  34. That sign looks really great, you did a good job of making it look vintage and clean. You've definitely have the talent to do other craft projects like this one.

    Luke |


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