"Laundry" and "Create" door signs

This is my bathroom door... 

I made this sign several years ago.

outhouse sign on door

Today I'm making a "laundry" sign and a sign for my craft room/office that says "create".

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laundry sign printed on computer

First I painted a board black, let it dry and printed out the word "laundry" on the computer using a font and a size that worked with the size of the board.

Next, using graphite paper, I traced around each letter and painted the letters white with acrylic craft paint.

tracing using a pen

Using a medium grade sand paper when the paint was dry, I sanded down the letters until they looked old and worn.

black laundry sign with white lettering

Then using raw umber acrylic paint and a damp rag, I rubbed the color over the lettering. 

This gave the sign an aged look.

Then I let it dry.... and started the "create" sign...

laundry and create signs black with white lettering


Lastly,  I screwed the signs to the doors.


black create sign with white letters

Create is my favorite word! 

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rustic sign with overlay


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


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  2. I love those signs...great idea!

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  3. I love the door signs! You really did a great job. I'm working on changing over a guest room to a craft room and this is a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Those signs are just too cute!

  5. So adorable! I love how simple this project it, but it has great results.

  6. Stopping by to thank you for linking up to last week's Favorite Things Friday and to let you know that I featured you.


  7. Love your signs. They look fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  8. Love the signs- they truly look old! Thanks for the step by step, it's much appreciated!

  9. Beautiful signs. Love that you could do it without a Cricket, because I don't have one! Thanks for sharing..

  10. Love the signs. "Create Laundry". My kids do that! :-)

  11. Love the signs. My kids also "create laundry" a lot of it!

    Thanks so much for sharing the steps.

    Please come by and visit my blog I am lhaving a big giveaway.

    :) Michelle

  12. Ahhh yes. Signs. Just love the look! And yours is really cool. And looks amazing completely done by hand I might add!


  13. Great job on those signs! Love the distressing! :) I think I need to look for some carbon paper next time I'm out running errands.... lol!

    xoxo laurie

  14. very cute. new follower....please come visit me too...laura

  15. Thanks for sharing how you distressed the signs....that makes them look fab! What font did you use? Come to see me @ Lyndaoflakeland.blogspot.com

  16. Great signs. Thanks for including the steps you followed. Glad to find your place!


  17. Would you be so kind as to further explain this step: "Then using raw umber acrylic paint and a damp rag, I rubbed the color over the lettering. This gave the sign an aged look."
    Thank you!

    1. It basically means I used the color Raw Umber to coat the sign making it look old. I used a rag.


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