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 a 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 die-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 sign

Let the paint dry and remove the tape. Now you are ready to make your lettering. I used the same Silhouette settings for contact paper as I used on my  Rustic 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 of the Silhouette. Feed your vinyl and cut.

The 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!

DIY Sundries sign

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Sundries pantry kitchen Sign



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Welcome to Made in a Day, I'm Kim, the home & lifestyle blogger, former wig stylist, floral designer, and now Park Lane Stylist behind the blog. Living seaside in Southern California, my blog is where I share my love of DIY coastal decor, digital art prints, fun fashion DIYs, and great recipes. I also write about my experience as a former wig stylist who now wears a hair topper!

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  1. 3.22.13

    Saw this at PoP – very nice! Might have to get one of those Silhouette thingies!

  2. 3.21.13

    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

  3. 2.23.13
    gardenoflisa said:

    How fab is that! Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you tomorrow on the next Creative HomeAcre hop!

  4. 2.21.13
    Diana Rambles said:

    Great sign!!! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  5. 2.21.13

    Oh! It’ s just fabulous! Come link it up in our (FINISHED PROJECTS) linky party:

  6. 2.21.13

    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.

  7. 2.19.13
    Clydia said:

    Love it! Pinned it! Thanks a bunch for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME. Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

  8. 2.18.13
    Amanda said:

    So pretty! I love what you did. Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week.

  9. 2.17.13

    Hi Kim! I love your Sundries sign. Beautiful job. I have got to get me a Silhouette. Thanks for linking up at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs

  10. 2.17.13
    Jenn said:

    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 :)

  11. 2.17.13

    Great design elements. Fun color choices, and simple to follow tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. 2.16.13

    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #62!

  13. 2.16.13

    Kim you make it look so easy! Thank you for submitting yet another fun project to the Crafty Showcase! xoxo susie @bowdabra

    Ps- here is the newest linky! We have a new Button!

  14. 2.15.13
    jocieopc said:

    I love that you listed all your Silhouette Settings. I often feel like the pre-set settings don’t work exactly right and am frustrated with messing it up. Thanks for sharing and looks great!

    Not sure if you have heard, but would love for you to come join our link party. We give away free ad space every week to one random link party-goer.

  15. 2.14.13

    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

  16. 2.14.13
    marijkemill said:

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

    hugs x

  17. 2.14.13

    What a fun fun sign! You did so well. It looks like store-bought, but better!
    (personally I like home made MUCH MUCH better!
    You did well!

    hugs x

  18. 2.13.13

    Hi Kim, That is a great sign, colors, type… & love how large your pantry is! Thanks for linking up @

  19. 2.13.13
    thevintageestate said:

    Such a cute sign….I love it!!

  20. 2.13.13
    Jenna said:

    Wow! You did an amazing job on this! It looks perfectly vintage! Love, love, love!

    I’m hosting a free advertising giveaway at my blog right now. Go here to find out more about it:

    Jenna @

  21. 2.12.13
    Tami K said:

    You did a great job and thanks for sharing …

  22. 2.12.13
    jillflory said:

    Love the sign! Very well done :)

  23. 2.12.13

    This is SO cute! It really looks distressed too, You did a terrific job!

  24. 2.12.13

    What a charming sign…you did a great job on it.


  25. 2.12.13

    Looks great!!

  26. 2.11.13
    Shannon said:

    Gorgeous sign! :) it looks like an antique. Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  27. 2.11.13
    Kate said:

    Absolutely love this – such a clever idea.

    Found you via the Marvellous Mondays blog hop, and looking forward to following by e-mail.

    Kate x

  28. 2.11.13
    Deborah said:

    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!

  29. 2.11.13
    carriehurst said:

    I love this! I’m pinning it later to my SIlhouette project board. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  30. 2.8.13

    looks so happy and charming!

    stopping by via FFC and hope you’ll find a moment to come hang out, dream, reflect, share and notice lovely.

    smiles to you, lovely blogger.