DIY “All I Need is a Little Bit of Coffee and a Whole Lot of Jesus” Sign
January 27, 2019
As most of you are already aware, I am a coffee fanatic. My husband created a coffee bar for me when he was updating our kitchen, but there was a bare space above the coffee maker. So my mind started to throw around ideas of how to fill that space. That is when I decided a farmhouse sign with a couple of hangers to hang coffee cups would be a great idea. I went to amazon and looked for something that would work for the space, but I couldn’t find the exact thing I was looking for. Although I did find some cute ideas to incorporate with it. So I decided to make my own. I am creative, but definitely not a Picasso, so this can certainly be done by anyone. So let me show you step by step how I made this DIY “All I Need is a Little Bit of Coffee and a Whole Lot of Jesus” Sign.
We happened to have a set of TV trays that were not being used, so I decided to use the top of one for the base of my project. If you don’t already have one, you can order a set of 2 here. I purchased the stencil (you can find that here), and the hooks to hang the cups on (you can find those here). Once I placed that order, I went ahead and chose the color scheme for the sign, and any embellishments that I wanted to add (have fun with this–it’s your creation to personalize). I used an ice blue chalk paint base, and a black chalk spray paint for the lettering. If I did this again I would be temped to use a can of black chalk paint and brush on the stencil vs. the spray paint, but that is what my hardware store had available at the time. In addition to these supplies, you will want to have some… painters tape, a screwdriver, drill, and a couple pieces of sandpaper on hand.
Once you have all of your supplies in order, take your TV tray and remove the screws that hold the top to the base. So you will go from this:
Next, take a piece of sandpaper, and lightly sand the top. Then wash it off and let it dry completely before the next step. Brush on your first coat of paint. You will likely want to do a second coat to give that full coverage. So your sign should look something like this:
Allow it to dry overnight, so that the paint doesn’t peel off with the tape. Fast forward to the next day: Center your stencil left to right, and about an inch from the top to allow some space for the hooks. Once you have your placement ready grab the painters tape. Tape down the stencil and the area exposed as shown here:
Lightly sweep the spray chalk paint across the stencil area. Do not focus the spray in one spot for too long. It will run, and you will not be happy. Just gentle sweeping until full coverage is obtained. Then allow to completely dry before removing the stencil. You should be left with something that looks similar to this:
Now it is starting to look like a sign. Pat yourself on the back, and grab your sandpaper. Trying to obtain the Farmhouse Sign style, or a rustic look to your sign? You’ll want to rough up the edges to give it some character. If you like clean and contemporary, you can leave it as it is. Either way, it’s up to your personal preference. I added some wear to the corners and just a little bit on the edges. Speaking of personal preferences, now is the time to add your own style to this project. Pilot drill the areas for your screws to make it easier to screw the hooks into the base. I added a couple of tiny knobs to mine. This is how my “masterpiece” looked when I was finished.
I hope you all are proud of your own “masterpieces,” and you’ll share pictures in the comments!
I’m April, a wife and mother of two. Since the end of 2010 I have been battling autoimmune diseases: and facing those have left me with limited physical abilities, limited energy, and limited funds; so I created this blog to document my journey : to simplifying my life, hopefully finding tips and tricks and resources to help save me time, money, and energy. I am hoping not only to share my journey, but to inspire others with similar challenges. Personally I think everyone would welcome ways to save time, money, and energy, but to some it is imperative. The content you can expect to see includes life hacks, organizational and time management resources, tips and tricks to saving money, ideas and resources for making money doing simple tasks or passively, and simple inexpensive gift giving ideas. To those of you who may be concerned that this may just be one big pity party, I want to be clear. I have conditions that have altered my abilities, but this is about taking as much control over my life as I possibly can, and to make it a positive experience. I will not however, turn anyone away if they ask about my illnesses specifically. Perhaps they are newly diagnosed, and need some advice that I haven’t shared. I encourage those individuals to contact me any time. I want people to be able to positively bounce ideas off of one another to make it a blog that everyone can benefit from.