Upcycled Decoupage Sign + Colorful Spring Mantel


Alrighty friends, don’t hate me for painting over this double-sided homemade art I found at Goodwill.  I’m sure someone poured their heart into painting it and it had a sweet little home at one time, but eventually it was donated and I couldn’t pass it up for just 50 cents.

Upcycled Goodwill Sign + Colorful Spring Mantel

**Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday with my thrifty blogging friends – you can see their creative projects at the end of this post.  You can also see all my previous T2T makeovers Here.**

First up, I sanded both sides and painted it Old White.

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage

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Those flower napkins from my decoupage crate project (click Here for the full tutorial) were calling my name again so I decided to do a similar treatment for this piece.  Find similar napkins for decoupage projects Here.

I separated one napkin, cut it in half, and lightly glued it onto the wood with Mod Podge.

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage

When it was completely dry, I sanded it gently with 320 grit sandpaper.

Then I printed off large letters for VINTAGE, straightened the paper over the wood, and traced over the edges of the letters hard with a pen.  The goal was just to press an outline into the wood, without any actual ink or other markings because I planned to paint the letters white.

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage

I used a thin artist’s brush and Old White paint again.

This project calls for imperfection, so don’t try hard to make it look good!  Seriously, just don’t.  Distressed and worn is better than smooth and perfect.  (Struggling with overcoming perfection and the fear of failure? Learn why Done is better than Perfect.)

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage

This floral decoupage sign totally put me in the mood for spring (which I realize is ironic, because we had a few inches of surprise snow dumped on us yesterday), so I went all out and decorated my mantel for spring.

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage

Happy, warm thoughts!

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkin and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage


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I’m starting to think ahead to my next market in a couple months, and I might do more napkin projects (crates or signs or …??).  Still deciding about that.

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage

And yes, “Vintage” was painted off-center.  Remember what I said about imperfection?  😉

Happy almost-spring to you, my friend!

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage

Here’s another before/after of this decoupage sign:

DIY Vintage Sign with Decoupage Napkins and a Colorful Spring Mantel. Girl in the Garage

It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, which means some of the BEST thrifty makeovers on the web!

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Below are the Before photos – click the blog links underneath the photos to see the After photos and read all about the transformation.  Enjoy!

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1.  Confessions of a Serial DIYer
2.  Prodigal Pieces
3.  Artsy Chicks Rule

* Click here to read more about the decoupage crate project – with free printable instructions for how to do decoupage and distress with napkins yourself *

Decoupage Crate - Girl in the Garage


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16 Comments on Upcycled Decoupage Sign + Colorful Spring Mantel

    • Jen
      March 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Paula. Oh yes, I’d be thrilled if it could warm up any day now and melt all this white stuff! Yuck.

      Reply
  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    March 14, 2017 at 5:43 am (5 months ago)

    Umm…that sign in the before was so bad. ha! I absolutely love the new look and your mantel decor, Jen! I am aching for spring any day now. Thanks for the breath of fresh air.

    Reply
  2. Frances Batson
    March 14, 2017 at 10:34 am (5 months ago)

    I love the sign in the before. I hope you copied them before painting over it. I would love to do the sister one for each of my 4 sisters.

    Reply
  3. Nancy
    March 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm (5 months ago)

    Does anyone else think that the laundry sign was a racial stereotype? I am very happy that you painted over that. It would make me uncomfortable to see that in someone’s home, and would certainly offend many. Your makeover with the flower print is so much nicer. Thanks for the interesting tutorial. I may try that technique on a clementine crate, just for fun.

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    • Jen
      March 14, 2017 at 10:24 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you, Nancy. I love how the napkins look on the wooden crate I did! (and I agree that something was definitely “off” about the painted woman.. she’s gone now!)

      Reply
  4. Catherine Cooper
    March 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm (5 months ago)

    I just LOVE this idea and now I have to go out and find all the pretty napkins I can! Great Job!
    Love what you did with the old sign, as well. The old sentiment was tired about 10 years ago :-), so it was a good way to recycle!

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    • Jen
      March 14, 2017 at 10:22 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Catherine. I need to go napkin shopping also! I know there are good ones on Amazon, but I’ve also heard that stores like Marshalls and HomeGoods may have them too. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Charlotte
    March 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm (5 months ago)

    Nah. I would”ve left the sign the way it was. I don’t care for the flower power.

    Reply
  6. Just Justin
    March 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm (4 months ago)

    I really like the transformation!

    Reply
  7. Linda
    March 15, 2017 at 5:52 pm (4 months ago)

    I really like your creativity. The sign looks very springy!

    Reply
  8. Michele Main
    March 16, 2017 at 1:48 am (4 months ago)

    love, love, love all these ideas. Sure wish I could see an item and be that creative.

    Reply
  9. Rose L.
    March 17, 2017 at 2:35 am (4 months ago)

    I like the uniqueness of the vintage sign! Cute.
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