Thursday, September 16, 2010

Monogram Cupboard Sign

I bought a vinyl monogram M and est. date as a gift for my sister-in-law and her husband about a year ago and just got around to making it. Successfully that is. I bought a cupboard door from Habitat and the monogram from a friend who sold Uppercase Living. Originally this was going to be a Christmas present but it didn't turn out the first time.
I had lightly sanded the cupboard door to remove the glossy finish. Then painted it a barely off white color. So far so good. Loved the color and ready to apply the monogram. I followed the instructions for applying the vinyl but when I went to pull the backing off I also pulled off the paint. AAACCKK!!! It was peeling off, which also brought the vinyl with
it! What now?!?!
I called my friend and she explained to me that some of the newer paints are pretty tacky and if they haven't set for... like.. forever they can pull off with the backing. Especially when it's something with a super smooth finish.
Luckily my friend was nice enough to order me a new M free of charge. Thanks so much! Christmas had passed by the time I got it because I of course was putting the original gift together on like December 22nd. Oops.
The happy couple's anniversary is in June so I decided to make it an anniversary gift this year. But I went about it a different way. I pulled all the paint off and re-sanded the whole thing. Then painted just the outer frame of the door. For the center I decided to Mod Podge some scrapbook paper on it.
Of course this is just how these things work... I like it SOOO much more with the patterned paper behind the vinyl! Here is how it turned out!
What do you think? I think I need to make one for my home just like it. Love it!


  1. Awesome! What a great idea, I think ii would make a wonderful wedding or house warming gift as well.

  2. Thank you! Now if someone would just get married or buy a house!!

  3. This will post if I can remember my g-mail password! It is adorable! I need to do something more with my clipboards because they're coming unglued around the edges. Thinking wide tape! Any suggestions on how to protect them in the rain? Afraid I may get covered in mod podge if it soaks in the water!

  4. I just love this idea. Who wouldn't want something like this in their home? Fantastic!