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DIY Upcycled Exit Sign

Apr 18, 2015 By Beckie Farrant
DIY Upcycled Exit Sign

Hey crafters! It’s Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative back with a cool way to inject a little quirk in your home. I am a lover of vintage signs… especially when they tell you what to do. HA! Signs like do not enter, exit, stop, and slow down are all signs you can find at flea markets but they can be pretty pricey. I decided to replicate the look of a vintage industrial exit sign with a drawer front. Upcycling at its finest! Don’t hesitate to pull over to the side of the road when you see an old dilapidated dresser sitting on the edge. Those drawer fronts are a perfect backdrop for cool signs.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

Supplies:
Old drawer front
wood filler
primer and roller or spray primer
spray paint (I used Krylon Banner Red, Semi-Flat Black and White)
Silhouette Cameo machine with “exit” studio file
Vinyl and transfer paper
Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape
screwdriver, hammer, rubber mallet
sanding sponge

1. Start by removing the old hardware from the drawer front with a screwdriver.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

2. Next figure out how to remove the drawer front from the existing drawer. I had to use a rubber mallet to hit the drawer forward to help the loosen the glue and staples. But each drawer is different.

3. Apply wood filler to the drawer pull holes. Sand and repeat a few times until you have a smooth surface.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

4. Apply primer to the drawer front.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

5. Once dry, spray the entire drawer with Krylon White paint.

6. While that is drying cut out your vinyl stencil with your Silhouette Cameo machine. Once dry apply the “exit” portion of your stencil. Cover the remaining drawer front with paper and Scotch Blue tape.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor
Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

Tip: Spray your stencil with a quick coat of the white paint. This helps with bleed through. Now the color that will bleed is white instead of the red you will spray in the next step.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

7. Spray the stencil with Krylon Banner Red and remove the vinyl while still wet. Let it dry. Apply the vinyl triangles stencil to the left and right of the drawer front. Cover the rest of the drawer front with paper and tape.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

8. Seal that stencil with a light coat of the white spray paint. Once dry apply black spray paint. Remove stencil white still wet.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

9. Once dry use a sanding sponge to scuff up the edges and make it look a tad worn.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor
Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

10. Flip the sign over and find the middle of the drawer front. Use a pound-in sawtooth hangar on the back.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

Hang it over a doorframe. I added mine to my mudroom entrance.

Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor
Upcycled Drawer DIY Exit Sign // Super cute DIY home decor

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