I LOVE working with Lowes! The hubby and I have so much fun going there for our every-day home needs but also to go and create some fun items as part of the Lowe’s Creative Team. This month’s theme was Outside Decor. I recently wrote about a Backyard Refresh we were able to do, which helped. I knew I wanted a fun sign to put outside as well and decided a Vintage Cold Drinks Sign would do the trick. I knew exactly how I wanted it and knew that Lowes would have all the supplies.
Check out how the sign turned out:
I LOVE how it turned out. So simple but adds so much to our outside lounging area. 🙂
If you’d like to make this Vintage Cold Drinks Sign too, here’s what you’ll need:
- Wood Planks (we used Redwood planks used for building fences because they were light and cheap)
- 2 inch wood slats (we used Pine)
- Steel Wool
- Mason Jar
- Paint brush
- 1 inch dry-wall screws
- Spray Paint (we used Rustoleum High Performance Enamel)
- Sanding Paper
- Polyurethane (we use the spray kind that is fast-drying – Clear Satin finish)
1. Begin by cutting your wood to the size you want your sign. We did ours 4 feet by 2.5 feet.
2. Line up your planks and screw in your 2 inch pine strapping across the planks – one on each end. This makes up the back of the sign. We screwed in from the back so the screws would not be visible from the front (make sure there is a screw in each slat). Screwing two screws in the top and bottom planks prevents the sign from shifting diagonally.
3. Another 2 inch slat with an angled edge was added to the back of the top plank. This was used to hang the sign.
4. Sand the front so the paint and vinyl apply better.
5. Make the aging solution by tearing pieces of steel wool and placing them in a jar (use gloves if possible because steel wool can be sharp). Fill jar with distilled white vinegar. Close the jar and let set for at least 12 hours. Shake before using. WARNING: This concoction smells horrible!!!
Paint using Paint Brush. The wood will begin to gray after a minute or so.
6. Design, cut and peel your vinyl. For the fonts I used:
COLD – Loki Cola
DRINKS – FT Rosecube
curve symbol – Loki Cola
5 CENTS – Captain Howdy
Apply your vinyl.
7. Apply the color of Spray Paint you want the sign to be. We used white. Let dry.
8. Peel your vinyl (my FAVORITE part!!) Top off with a layer or two of Spray Polyurethane. Let dry.
And you’re done!
I’m so glad I made this sign. I LOVE it and know it will be perfect for entertaining and parties.
We had the vinyl and spray paint and the other supplies cost about $10.
Pretty cheap and sweet, right?!
For a couple more Outside Decor ideas be sure to check out:
For more creative inspiration, visit Lowes Creative Ideas and Lowes.com.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowes. All opinions are 100% mine.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT LILLUNA.COM:
Yes, the kids are playing in the sprinklers while the hubby and I sit outside and peel vinyl
Sure love those crazy kids!!
Love it, turned out great! And I love it against the brick wall!
Thanks, Rebecca!! All the houses here in TX are brick which is awesome! 😀 Miss you!!
Can’t wait to see the whole house, I bet it’s amazing!
I’m having so much fun decorating, but there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done that I want to do! LOL! I guess that’s life with 4 littles and one being a newborn. 😉
Your sign turned out gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial!
Thank you SO much! 😀
I love this DIY project and all of the hard work paid off… it is perfect! Hugs, Holly
Thank you so much, Holly! It was super fun to make… and easy which helps! 😉
You are a freaking genius! Will you be my new bff & make me stuff :>) ? I did your end of the school year teacher gift (with the strainers) & my son’s first grade teacher loved it. Thanks for giving me all kinds of cool ideas.
LOL! Thank you so much, Meghan!! Come to TX and we can definitely craft together – I need more crafting buddies. 🙂
I Absolutely love your sign! I have a few coca cola signs in my kitchen. this is so awesome for outside. Another project added to my list. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Kelly and for the sweet comment. I wanted to do a sign that had a Coca-Cola feel without having to say Coke on there. The font was perfect!! You will love making this sign – it’s pretty cheap and easy which are the best kind of crafts. 🙂
Love the sign!! It turned out great!! Thanks for the tutorial!!
Thank you SO much Crystal!! Have a great day. 🙂
Super cute, Kris. This rocks! Love me some fresh, cold, bubbly soda (;
Totally thought of you girls when I made the sign. Sure miss you guys!! Want to come to visit TX?? You have a place to stay!!! 😀
I LOVE this tutorial!!! What kind of vinyl machine do you use? Thanks!
Hi Nicole! SO glad you like the sign. I use an industrial vinyl machine that I purchased from uscutterscom. They have so many machines these days and for pretty cheap if you’re looking to do large vinyl decals. If you’re looking for a smaller machine I recommend the Silhouette. 🙂
This is so darling kristyn! I love it!
Thanks, Ash! I’ve been thinking of you a lot! I really need to call so we can catch up. I miss ya, girl!
very cute! and i love the behind the scenes!!!
Thanks, Kristen!! 😀 Btw, we’re hoping to go visit Austin sometime soon. Will have to meet up as well as get suggestions on MUST-SEES there. 🙂
great, let me know when!!
I LOVE this! I can’t wait to try it on my own.
Feel kinda out of place with all the girl posts and such lol, I am a Dad and just wanted to say how cool this site is. I was looking for an idea for my sons refreshment stand and seen your site and before i knew it i was all over the place. You are very creative and talented. I wish you all the best!
Well, thank you so much, Kirk! Your comment made my day!! Hope you can come back again soon. 🙂
LOVE LOVE this sign!!! Would you be willing to sell & ship the precut vinyl to make this particular sign? I don’t have a machine; a local craft store offers the use of their silhouette, but I really want the exact dimensions used here. Let me know! Thanks!
Hi Crystal! Unfortunately, I do not do custom orders. There are several etsy shops that do, though. I would send them the link for this tutorial and ask for the same dimensions and fonts. Hope that helps. 🙂
I don’t understand where you got the vinyl and how the lettering got on it.
I have a vinyl cutter. I designed it and cut it out, peeled it and then put it on like a big sticker. I would check etsy.com for a custom vinyl order. There are so many people on there who do vinyl. 😉
I’m trying to make your wood aging solution and all that happens is that my steel wool deteriorates but the vinegar doesn’t change color…can you help?
I was wondering how you made the cent sign?
I was wondering what tools or program you used to cut your words for the sign? I love it!
Could you please tell me how you did the cent sign? When I open character map in Captain Howdy that does not show up at all. Thank you
Hmmmm, you’re right. I’m not seeing the cent sign either. In this case, I’d find a cent in another font and use that. I’m so sorry. I can’t remember what I did. 🙁
Debbi if you are on Mac and press Alt+number 4 will get the cent sign.
I’m on a PC
what size is your beverage tub
Love this sign!! It reminds me of Coca Cola but I really love it is not written lol. I bought a Cameo some time ago but have never tried making vinyls, I think it’s about time with your tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration!!
Glad I could inspire you 🙂 I love this sign!!! Good luck!
How do you print out the vinyl letters
I don’t have print outs for the vinyl..I just suggested the fonts I use, but you’d have to get your own vinyl printed. Hope that helps you.