I don’t even remember where I got this door panel, but I discovered it one day out in my workshop, and I knew I wanted to turn it into a sign.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to put on it, so I went searching for inspiration for long, large signs, and found several ideas I loved, like this Meat Market sign via Country Living (but seriously, isn’t the whole room incredible?!)
And I’ve always loved this Tourists sign that Miss Mustard Seed has in her home office.
Since the panel is pretty long, I needed a long word, so I went with “Mercantile”.
It turned out to be a really easy project, so I thought I’d share how I made it.
DIY door panel Mercantile sign
I liked the black borders around both of my inspiration signs, so painting the border of mine black was the first order of business, then I painted the center of the door panel white.
At first I thought I would stencil the word, but I wanted the letters to “pop” on the sign more, so I bought chipboard letters (affiliate link) to use instead.
I used Vintage Storehouse (see their add on my sidebar!) Chalk Based Paint to paint them. The color is Tea Kettle, and it’s a perfect matte black.
Using one of my oven trays allowed them to dry without sticking to anything.
I sanded the edges and chipped parts of the door panel to accent the wear it already had, to keep it looking like the vintage panel that it is.
The get the letters all evenly spaced, I used a ruler on the sides, and a yardstick on the bottom
I’m seriously head over heels in love with how it turned out.
The only wall I had that was wide enough for it was in my entryway where I had hung my Repurposed Picnic Table Barn Door, so I need to do some more rearranging to find a new spot for it.
It’s definitely a statement piece.
Vaya con Dios,