Thursday, March 31, 2011

old vinyl sign

How many of you have vinyl signs that no longer match your decor, but that you still kept?  I kept this one for about 6 years tucked away in a closet.  I originally painted it red to match my daughters nursery, but when she went to a big girl bed, her room turned to pink and green.  I kept thinking another girl would come along, but got two boys instead, so I never got to use it with the cribbing again.
Then one day I heard someone mention that you could paint over vinyl and I decided to give it a try!   It worked pretty good, I won't lie, it was tedious, but I didn't have anything better to do that night so what the heck right? :)
So this is what it originally looked like- loved the saying but not the color
To paint it I used the left over paint from painting my daughters room.  This is the first coat:
It took a couple of coats, and each coat I did, I had to take Q-tips dipped in water and trace the letters to remove the paint.  This was the slightly tedious part, but I kind of like tedious :)

Originally I tried just wiping it down with a rag to remove the paint from the vinyl, it worked, but too well.   It removed the paint from all around the vinyl as well, so I changed to Q-tips
Lots and lots of Q-tips later!!! :)

I actually really liked the slight red outline of the letters, helped make them pop off the green!
The finished sign in it's new room, I like!
Would I do this again?  Sure, I'm a cheap-wad so probably!  Then again, I can now do my own vinyl for cheap, (thanks to my cricut and sure cuts a lot!) so maybe next time I will just redo my own vinyl.  It was worth it though!

3 comments:

Green Eyed Girl said...

It turned out great... and I love the green color!

Windy said...

I hate tedious!! Looks cute, I love her room BTW I think you should give away a free room makeover :) thx for keeping me inspired

Christiansen's said...

I can tell you like tedious if you painted all those freakin stripes down her wall. Her room is so cute!

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