September 6, 2011

DIY Family Sign Using Tile Backsplash

I’ve always wanted one of those established family signs.  You know the ones that note the year a couple was married or bought their first home? Well, now I have one and the funny thing is it wasn’t even in my crafting plans this weekend!  Don’t you just love how sometimes your projects evolve as you’re in the middle of them?

I’ve had this blank space on a floating shelf in our living room for what seems like forever for a variety of reasons; one, I’ve had a difficult time finding anything I like for the empty spot and two, I’ve been dying to paint this room since the day we moved in and I hate to waste moolah on home d├ęcor when I know my color scheme will be changing. Unfortunately, we can’t paint the room until we re-do the god- awful 90’s themed fireplace that sits in the middle of the room taunting me every day with its hunter green ugliness {Can you tell I have some beef with the fireplace?} So while in the middle of daydreaming about how I would take a bat to the fireplace remodel the fireplace I came up with the idea to frame some tile backsplash.


 
I bought a panel of backsplash from Lowe’s and then I cut it down to size to fit within a frame I had sitting around in our basement. I hot glued my panel to a piece of white cardstock, which helped hide the netting between each tile {which is usually covered by grout}. I found some small wooden letters at Michael’s to go along with a  big “B”  I had {the initial for our last name}and spray-painted them all a dark chocolate brown. I then adhered the letters to the tile with hot glue. I found a khaki colored flower hair pin lying around in my craft stash and thought it would be cute to add that to the art work.  I think it definately softened it up a bit! I also wanted to note that I left the glass out of the frame since the letters would not fit behind it. 

{Yay! No more empty spot on the shelf!}

{2008 was actually both the year we got married and bought our first home!}


{Don’t you just love how conspicuous they make vents in homes?
Proof, that we need more female homebuilders! A woman would never think of putting a vent smack dab in the middle of a wall!}


So tell me if you could change or remodel one thing
in your home right now what would it be?




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42 comments :

Grammy Goodwill said...

I think your "sign" looks great. I also like how you've decorated your shelves. I had to laugh about the vent comment. You're so right. Does the contractor just not think?

Pamela Bates of Mercantile Muse said...

I say the same thing about sheetrock, if there were more women contractors, they would have come up with something better than that long ago!

Just one thing? Um, well, first would finish what needs finishing in our kitchen remodel and addition!

found you through craftscrappyhappy

Sarah said...

Great job on the sign! It looks like something you paid a lot of money for! :)

I absolutely LOVE your living room! The color scheme is great! You should be an interior designer! (If you're aren't already!) :)

PS - I'm pretty new to your blog, and I love it! Will definitely keep reading! :)

Tracey said...

I posted on your FB page, too, with my question about fitting the tile and wood letter behind the glass...I love your sign. Too cute and your decorating in general...very nice. :)

Kelly said...

I love this idea! I a pinning it and will be trying it soon.

kelly
herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com

3krazychics said...

I love it! Hopping over from DIY by Design.

www.3krazychics.blogspot.com

Krista said...

What a neat idea! I love monograms and anything personalized. You did a fantastic job and I love the colors! Thanks for the inspiration, adding it to my pinboards.

Our entire house has me shaking my head. The cupboards are too short to fit a box of cereal, the laundry room door hit the dryer, the toilet paper holder was installed out of reach from the toilet... I could go on and on. Clearly, it was designed by a man. =]

Lindsay said...

This is a really creative idea! I love how the back splash adds a pop of color to it all! I'd love for you to share this at Show & Share--

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/09/show-share-4.html

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Great sign! The tile add wonderful texture to it!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

I was just trying to come up with a project using the little tiles like that! I love your idea! I may just have to get working on something---you have inspired me!!! :o) Ohh and I really like your living room!
Jaime

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

I love those glass backsplashes! We didn't use them in our kitchen remodel because it didn't quite match the style of the kitchen. This is a great idea though!

Tanya said...

That turned out so great! I love the colors you used. And they go perfect in your living room.
And while I don't have a hunter green fireplace, I have (well, hubby does) a terrible recliner that is an awful shade of early 90's blue:)

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

Visiting from TT&J. This is such a great idea. We have started incorporating monograms around our home and this is perfect.

Modern Wivelyhood said...

Awesome idea, I would have used the same colors! So cute! I featured this on my Friday 5...I pretty much love all of your stuff!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Love the tile idea! Neat.
~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

Betsy said...

I saw this pin on Pinterest and I really looking forward to making one for our home. I did have one question, though. What size is the frame? It looks like either an 8x10 or 10x13. I guess it just depends on the size of the letters you find. Thanks for sharing!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

What a cool project and I love that it uses tiles. Thanks for linking to A Crafty Soiree, I'm Malia's cohostess and I'll be featuring your project tomorrow.

Kathryn said...

The whole wall is lovely and I think the newest addition is great. In fact, since 3 of my four kids are married, I think creating some of these for their Christmas gifts is something that is going to happen!!!

As far as home projects and "what were they thinking" observations, well, the kitchen in this condo is very high on the list..there are few cabinets (a disaster for a cook!) and one of them has plumbing pipes snaking thru...unbelievable. And, in an L-shaped area adjacent to the stove there is unusable space in the lower cabinets because one cannot reach anything (unless you can be a contortionist while on your knees!) A simple revolving corner unit is needed and would been much easier to install during construction that it will be now. Grrr

Linnea said...

This is an awesome project! Love it. I think I'm going to use this for a wedding shower gift!

Kate said...

This is so adorble! I have several different frames laying around & this would make cute christmas gifts for some of our newly married friends...what size frame did you use?

mel said...

I love the idea and it looks great where you put it too.

More importantly, is your living room seriously THAT clean all the time and looking like it came out of a magazine? HA! Mine never has looked that good.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Thanks ladies for all the sweet comments! I'm glad to finally have filled that empty spot on the shelf. A few of you have asked about the size of the frame I used. Mine was a 10x13 but the fun thing is you can play with the frame size and bear in mind it all depends all the size letters you find. If any of you make one of your own I'd love to see them!

Darcy said...

Love the sign, how did you "cut it down" did they do that at the store for you?
I'm with ya on the fireplace thing, we have two and they are both u.g.l.y! One is all rock (like lava rock) and the other is white brick. YUCK!

Casey said...

What sizes (inches) were your letter and numbers? I love what you did and want to do one for my home but am not finding a lot of options for wood lettering/numbering in my craft stores. Any help would be great!

Anonymous said...

I did this and had a very hard time getting the letters to stick to the glass tiles. Hot glue didn't work so great. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Hmmm...it must be some particular glass tiles don't hold the glue. What about liquid nails? That should work!

Kristen Holifield said...

I made this tonight! Love how it came out!

Kristen Holifield said...

Oh-and I used strong stick for it to hold.....

A Teacher's Treasure said...

Such a cute DIY project! Thanks for the inspiration!

Happy Holidays!

❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
A Teacher's Treasure

Linda said...

I made this as well. Thanks so much for the idea. Here is a link to it:
http://sharedpinterests.blogspot.com/2011/12/another-holiday-another-project.html

Linda

Lisa said...

The tile is such a great idea! I never would have thought of using that on a piece of wall art. Your shelves are decorated so nicely!

FJPhotography said...

How did you get the back to attach to the actual frame?

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Hello,

After adhering the backsplash tile to the card stock I inserted it back in the frame just as you normally would a photograph and then placed the backing of the frame back in (the part that has the wall hook and tab to either hang or stand the picture up). My card stock happen to be just the right size so it didn't come through the front of the glassless frame, however, if you want you can hot glue your card stock to the back insert for a sturdier hold. Hope that helps!

Claire said...

This looks amazing-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

I love this project! I featured you on Fun Friday Finds. I hope you will stop by and check it out and grab a Featured button while you are there.
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Leah said...

i also made this project after finding it on pinterest...the hot glue did not stick so i resorted to super glue, that seemed to work. but my next problem is that the whole thing is too thick to be put back in the frame and when i lean it up on a shelf against the wall the frame just falls off. i glued everything to the cardboard that came with the frame. i am totally lost on how to get it to stay and not fall apart...

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Hi Leah,



Bummer that it is being such a pain. I think there are a few factors that can affect the outcome of this project & what glue may or may not work & that includes the type of tiles (weight) and frames that people use. I'm curious if you are using a frame where the back insert has to slide in from one of the sides? The frame I used is not one that could be stood up on a table top so the back insert wasn't a slide in one (it was one of those frames with a bunch of little metal tabs that you bend over to hold the back in place). I would suggest (not sure if you could still do this since yours is already glued together) but with that type of frame I would take the frame apart, remove the glass,put the back insert back in and then adhere the tiled cardstock throught the front of the glassless frame.



In regards to the frame remaining on the shelf my shelf is pretty wide & it has a lip (or groove) that helps keep frames from sliding. I happen to see something awhile ago (here is the link http://www.utrdecorating.com/blog/?p=872 ) where you can use shelf liners to keep frames from sliding.I bet this will help!



Hope you can get it to work! Let me know if I didn't understand your questions or anything correctly:)




Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer!
What size letters did you get from mchaels? I found a code different sizes but I just looove how yours looks :)

Liz Hough

Jessica said...

Made one for my cousins wedding present it turned out so cute! Thanks!

Kristen Thomas said...

I love this idea!! I just wanted to let you know that this website (http://www.vandykes.com/default.aspx) sells AWESOME covers for air vents! They have all different sizes and colors. I'm sure you can find one that you like!

BTW, I am now following you! :)

Nicole D. said...

I've been looking at this project for a while now - went to several different Michael's & Hobby Lobby's and found wooden letters, but no numbers. I managed to find an awesome site online tho - http://www.craftcuts.com/wood-letters.html - where you can order any size letter or number, pick the thickness, & there's a huge assortment of fonts available. Ordered them today, so hoping to finish project next week! :)

Rajib Hossain said...

Wow! That is great work.
glass backsplash tile

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