DIY Cabinet Door Sign – Life is Best at the Lake

Do you have any old cabinet doors hanging around?  It’s very easy to turn them into signs.

I removed the hinges from an old stained cabinet door, then painted it black.  It was a good opportunity to use a can of old paint that needed emptying.  Then I painted the door (and handle) with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

I sanded it a little to rough it around the edges and in a couple of places that would get ware over time – like under the handle.  This is the look before waxing.

Life is Best at the Lake

When placing lettering, consider where the words will be located in relation to the handle.  Normally, I would place the handle towards the bottom of the sign, but this time it would get in the way of the Lake.  So, the handle went at the top.

Lay out your larger lettering first, then place the smaller ones around it.  When you’ve got everything situated, you can trace around letters or mark them in some way so you know where to place the stencils while painting.

I began by painting the red letters first.  Then, I decided a navy color would look nice.  All I had was cobalt blue, so I mixed it with black.  Perfect.

Mixing Paint

I used three different fonts – just to change things up a bit.

Totally an experiment.  Always.

Painting Letters

I didn’t like the way the t  looked in one of the fonts.  Can you tell that’s a t  at the end of Best?  It looks like the number seven!

Three Lettering Fonts

I flipped the stencil over and used the upper left part of the t and made a right side to finish it off.

After applying clear wax, and then dark wax, the sign looks proper for an aged and weathered lake sign.

Lake Sign Complete

What do you think?  Do you prefer the clear wax look or the dark wax?

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  1. Libba Criddle says

    Great idea. I liked the waxed door best. What kind of wax did you use? You come up with some great ideas. I have an idea but don’t know where to start with it. I have some clothes, that were smoked that I cannot remove, or have a burned place in them, from our house fire. I hate to discard them, and also lost most of my throw pillows. Maybe you can help me come up with some ideas for making pillows out of the good parts of the clothes. Some have designs….stripes, plaid, etc.

    • says

      Thank you, Mrs. Criddle. I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax and then applied the Annie Sloan Dark Wax. The clear wax is the one you need. With the smoke odor factor, I don’t know if you would want to use the fabric for pillows. I guess it depends on how strong the odor is. A mixture of the stripes and plaids would be nice, though.

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Oh so gorgeous!
    And I so love it………….

    Mine has to say …… Life is the best on the ocean.

    But I hope you get that I am totally teasing you…………… okay I know I am bad.