DIY Project: Making My Store Sign Out of Salvaged Wood

by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 28, 2014

DIY sign mede out of salvaged wood siding

On Saturday is the big day: The Newburgh Vintage Emporium is going to open.

Which means my Dagmar’s Home Decor booth — with vintage items, soy candles, and eventually painted furniture — will be open for business!

Dagmar's Home DecorThe pressure is on to finishing my booth. Fifty other vendors are also setting up their spaces, so the place has been buzzing the last few days. We are all really excited for this amazing place to be ready for customers.

I had to find an inexpensive way to outfitting my booth. After a little bit of research, I found metal shelves at Kohls that are super-easy to set up and cost under $100 each, and a carpet at KMart for only $20.

I needed a large “Dagmar’s Home Decor” sign for my booth, and I wanted to make it myself. But out of what?

And then I remembered the one piece of siding I salvaged from the little red house that used to be where the Blue Cottage now stands.

Making My Store Sign Out Of Salvaged Wood

salvaged piece of wood sidingI’m terribly nostalgic, and this piece of wood that I rescued from being throw out means a lot to me. I wanted to find a way to honor that little red house that was torn down to make space for our Blue Cottage in some way and make something special out of this.

I had played with the ideas of turning it into a coat rack with hooks, but it was perfect for my store sign.

making a DIY signI bought some screw eye hooks and screwed two of them into the top of the board.

screw eye hooks on wood sidingI could have hand-drawn “Dagmar’s Home Decor” on the sign, but just in case I ever wanted to use this piece of wood for something else, I decided to use stickers I can remove. I found those at our local hardware store as well, for 47 cents each.

letter sticker for DIY signI laid out the letters and had to kind of eyeball sticking them on straight and with the same spacing, but it worked out fine. I simply hand-cut the apostrophe out of left-over sticker.

DIY signageThere was a little extra space left on the right side, and I wanted to add something to it. I pulled out my collection of vintage ephemera and found a few pieces I liked for that spot and added them with double-sided tape, and a small number on the left side.

Dagmar's Home Decor signVoila! After just a few minutes, I had made my booth sign.

Dagmar's Home Decor at Newburgh Vintage Emporium, NY

And this is what it looks like in my booth — I hung it on Wednesday and have today to finish pricing everything and styling the booth some more. I’m sure it will evolve over the next few months, and I’m waiting for two more shelves, but it’s a good start.

I already saw so many other vendors with amazing items that I can’t wait to check out once we are all done setting up.

If you live near Newburgh, NY, I hope you’ll come by to check out this haven of everything vintage, repurposed, and antique.

Newburgh Vintage Emporium

5006 Route 9W, Newburgh, NY 12550

Interstate 84, exit 10S & 9W

Tel: 845-542-0548

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose's DIY Crafts, at FineCraftGuild March 25, 2015 at 5:27 AM

That sign looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it at the linky party, SHARE IT one more time, which I was so happy to host last weekend at See you again!


Cathy March 23, 2015 at 6:29 PM

I love it – it’s absolutely perfect. And I love that you repurposed an old board that has meaning for you. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


Siggie March 11, 2014 at 2:56 AM

Wishing you all the best for your booth Dagmar! Sounds fun and exciting!


tehmna March 1, 2014 at 7:37 AM

All the best for your booth, love your DIY project of name sign.


Glenda March 1, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Your pictures make me wish I could be there! I love that gorgeous wood siding you used for your sign. It’s perfect. You did a great job and I can’t wait to hear how your weekend goes. Hope it’s blessing-filled!


Dagmar Bleasdale March 3, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Thanks so much, Glenda!


Mel {MamaBuzz} February 28, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Dagmar, I love being able to see your booth! So pretty! And the sign just completes it. I love the look and feel of old wood. It just adds a dimension like no other. Now I’m feeling inspired to go browse around our local vintage shop.


Dagmar Bleasdale March 3, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Hi Mel, thanks for your comment! You might find amazing things in your local thrift store. And then you can link up to my Thrifty & Vintage Finds links party :)


Alison February 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I’ll see you tomorrow Dagmar. I live within walking distance of this place and I’ve been excited for it to open! Your sign rocks by the way and I love the story behind it!


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