Vintage Sundries Sign

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DIY Sundries Sign tutorial

My latest project I have been working on is the Sundries Sign to hang over my pantry. I have been meaning to make this sign for a while now and I finally got around to making it this week.

I knew I wanted a vintage sign for my kitchen, but I wanted something unique. We moved to North Carolina five years ago and in those years we have explored all the different areas around Charlotte numerous times. Every now and then on one of these excursions I would see a sign for Sundries. Now I am originally  from Florida and I have never seen or heard of a Sundry Store and had no idea really what it was. Basically it means miscellaneous small articles, details, or items. Kind of like a small General Store. I thought it was very unique idea for a sign for my pantry! Here’s how I did it~ I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the stencils but you could use another dye-cut machine, regular stencils or my paper & X-Acto knife method found here.

Sundries Sign

Materials: Silhouette Cameo or other die-cut machine, 1 inch x 12 inches x 4ft wood plank (these are already cut from Lowe’s), Red and Grey acrylic paint, White Chalk Paint Recipe, Minwax “Special Walnut” Wood Finish Stain, frog tape, sandpaper, electric sander, contact paper, picture hanging hardware, pencil, rotary cutter and ruler.

Paint your wood with the Red acrylic paint. Let it dry. Tape off the edges and paint them with the White chalk paint. Let dry and remove tape. Now you are ready to make your letters.

paint border on sign

I basically used the same Silhouette settings for contact paper as I used for my Rail Road Sign.

  • Media~ Vinyl
  • Speed~ 3
  • Blade~ 2
  • Cutting Matt -None

Font for Sundries is Bolton Light.

Type your letters and then rotate them 90CW vertical.

*Use these dimensions as a guide. Yours may differ from mine.*
  • Page Height  8.5
  • Width of Page 18
  • Text size 451.0
  • Spacing between letters 150%
  • Cutting Mat~ None

I manually made my setting for the vinyl size to 10 x 15. My contact paper was already a 15 inch roll so I cut 10 inch wide strips with a rotary cutter. Reset to the small width on the Silhouette. Feed your vinyl and cut.

Font I used for the side sayings is Snickles.

  • Page Height  6.5
  • Width of Page 10
  • Text size 72.0
  • Spacing between letters  100%

After you are satisfied with your lettering. Pull the letters off of the vinyl and  place them where they will go on the wood this will give you a reference to where to place the vinyl. I found it easier with words or groups of letters to attach the contact paper across the top and slowly peel in a downward motion. It make for a smoother application. Press down to seal.

stencil with contact paper silhouette

I used White Chalk Paint for the edges and Sundries Letters. I used Grey acrylic paint for the side lettering and side edges. I used a sponge applicator to lightly dab on the paint.

stencil with slhouette cameo

Stencil Tip: Remove the contact paper before it dries. I think the longer a stencil stays on, the longer it has to bleed. So remove as soon as you are finished painting. Touch up any mistakes.

silhouette cameo contact paper

After paint is dry. I went over the letters lightly with an electric sander. Then over it again by hand with sandpaper. Take a small amount of the Special Walnut Wood finish on a rag and shabby up the edges and on top of the paint for that damaged weathered rustic look. Add your picture hanging hardware to the back. And that’s it!

DIY Sundries sign

Sundries pantry kitchen Sign


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