Vintage Sundries Sign

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DIY Sundries Sign tutorial

The latest project I have been working on is the Sundries Sign to hang over my pantry. 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.

Sundries Sign




Paint wood with red acrylic paintPaint your wood with the red acrylic paint. Let it dry.

Tape off edges and paint whiteTape off the edges and paint them with the white chalk paint.

White edge of signLet dry and remove tape. Now you are ready to make your lettering.

I used the same Silhouette settings for contact paper as I used in my  Rail Road Sign.
Contact paper and Silhouette

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

Font used for the word Sundries is “Bolton Light”.

Type your letters and then rotate them 90CW vertical.

*Please 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%

When you are satisfied with your lettering size move onto the stencil.

Place letters on Wood for placement

Pull the letters out of the vinyl first and place them as they will actually be on the wood. This will give you a reference to where to place the vinyl. Place the stencil over the letter and remove the letters.

Place Vinyl Stencil on wood

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 makes for a smoother application.

Stencil on wood with vinyl

 Press down to seal.

 I used White Chalk Paint for the edges and Sundries Letters. I used Grey acrylic paint for the side lettering and side edges.

Paint over Vinyl stencil

I used a sponge applicator to lightly dab on the paint.

Remove vinyl

 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.

How to make a Vintage Sundries Sign


Dry Goods Stencil

Let the paint dry. Go 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 smudge/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!

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35 thoughts on “Vintage Sundries Sign

  1. KIm,
    I love your sign! I too have this on my “to-do” list to make. You have inspired me to get it done! I love that I have found your blog…I love everything! AND….we both live in Charlotte! Well, I actually live about 1/4 mile from the Mecklenburg Co line …we are in Union Co. We are less than 5 mins from the Ballantyne area in South Charlotte. What area of Charlotte are you in?
    Looking forward to prowling around your blog….great stuff!
    Also, THANK YOU for featuring me today

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  3. Congratulations, you’ve been featured on Handyman, Crafty Woman’s Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Thanks for sharing your sign! You did a great job making it look antique even though it’s new! Beautiful! Feel free to stop by the website to grab your “I’ve been Featured” button.

  4. It looks great Kim! Love the color! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this today. Have a great week and hope to see you again on Tuesday!
    Jenn πŸ™‚

  5. This turned out fabulously! I am loving my new Silhouette cameo and I can’t wait to venture into the land of freezer paper and contact paper stencils. Thanks for sharing this fantastic tute with us.

    The Thinking Closet

  6. What a fab sign. It looks better than store-bought (and I don’t really like store-bought anyway!
    Good work!

    hugs x

  7. Love your sign! Thanks for listing all the settings and fonts. I use contact paper in my silhouette for stencils too. The colors are so perfect for my kitchen. I’d love it if you linked this to my new linky party, “What We’ve Accomplished Wednesdays.” It goes live on Tuesday about 6:00 pm.

    Have a great week!

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