Hello Fall Sign (thrift store makeover and free printable!)

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Let’s get an early start on fall with this sweet little “Hello Fall Sign” made from a recent thrift store find!

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

Who’s ready for fall??
I’m not, to be honest.
I’m holding onto every last drop of summer I can!

But with that, I am starting to feel a bit ready for cooler temps, fall smells (oh you know, cinnamon, crisp fall air, etc) and maybe even a change in wardrobe.

So I thought it’d be fun to turn one of my recent thrifty finds into a fall decor piece.

I shared my recent thrift store haul, this one, last week…

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

I have already made over the framed picture on the left.
You can see it, here.

Today I thought I’d make over the “all star” sign.

It was a brown metal sign I got for $4.
I thought it had the perfect rustic-style look for fall.
A hello fall sign would be just perfect for it.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

Don’t you think??

Another simple makeover. (and budget-friendly fall decor)

Hello Fall Sign (and free printable so you can make one too!)

Here’s how it began…

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

And here’s the supplies I used to create the hello fall sign.

 

I started out by spraying it with the copper spray paint.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

I wanted to give it a fall-ish color underneath.

Next, I painted one thin coat of white over top.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

I let it dry for a few minutes and then went back over it with a damp paper towel to remove some of the paint.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

I wanted it rustic, like fall.

See the copper color peeking through?

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

Then I sealed it with one coat of sealer. You can do this before or after you paint the letters on.
I wanted to do it before so I could sand and distress the letters afterward without taking any more of the white paint off.

Be sure to let it dry well before continuing. (use a hairdryer if you are short on time)

I created this simple graphic to put on the sign.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

Get the non-watermarked and larger sized free hello fall sign printable by clicking the box below.

If you are already a subscriber, click here to go straight to the printables resource library.
(if you don’t remember your password, check your latest email newsletter from me – scroll all the way to the bottom to find it)

After I saved the new graphic to my computer, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out.

Here’s a >>> tutorial on how I import my own designs into my  Silhouette. (instead of creating them in there…so easy!)
Also, if you don’t own a Silhouette and don’t have plans to purchase one, you can also use any of the many transfer methods I have shown in this post, >>> here.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

You can use cheapie shelf liner paper or vinyl made for your Silhouette to cut out the letters.
I use whichever I have on hand.
It’s especially good to use the cheapie shelf liner when you are using the cutout as a stencil as I am this time.
Although, I have been known to even spray paint this cheapie paper black (or white) when in a pinch. But you’ll have to keep in mind it doesn’t have the same “sticking power” as the vinyl does.

You can use a stencil brush, paint brush or small roller to paint in the letters. I like using a small foam roller to do mine.
It just works best, in my opinion.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

Then I lightly sanded to distress the letters.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

And then styled up by our fireplace.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

And a few more small fall touches in our room.

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

No, I am not leaving this up just yet. But soon. :)

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

So how about you?? Are YOU ready for fall or hanging on to summer as long as you can?

PIN it to save it!

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

And again, if you missed it last week, check out this other makeover I did from this recent thrift store haul…

This old metal thrift store sign was the perfect thing to create my "hello fall sign" with! Cheap fall decor, the best kind! artsychicksrule.com #falldecor #fallsign #hellofallsign #falldecorideas #fallideas

See it now, here.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Get out and enjoy these last few weeks of glorious summer!

xoxo

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18 Comments

  1. Oh Nancy, I adore the copper base, that was a brilliant choice! Love the white touches after wiping to show the copper. Lovely sign!!!
    I kind of miss autumn. lol No such weather event in Florida. :)

    1. Thank you, Christina! Aw, yes, that is so true! But you don’t have the awful winter either! Yuck! That is one season I wish we could skip! :) xoxo

  2. The copper touch is so perfect. Downloaded the printable and appreciate you sharing it! Fall must not be far off and I’m enjoying a break from the heat. My hummingbirds have been draining the feeders and now we don’t see as many. I guess they are making the journey to Mexico or somewhere warm. Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend! I’m celebrating my birthday! 💃🎉🎂🍹🍤🍸🥂😎

    1. Thank you, Cecilia! So glad you downloaded it. Hope you do something fun with it! :) And a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!! I hope you have a wonderful one! xoxo

  3. Looking at this on my phone without my glasses, I thought it said “Bella fall.” I thought that was a play on beautiful! But, “hello fall” works as well! Love the copper buttons on the frame! Well done!

  4. Nancy – this is a perfect fall project, simple, classic and looks great on the hearth of your new morning room. I will have to check my thrift stores to see if I can find something similar to use as a base. Saw some skinny cabinet doors that might work (perhaps hammer in some nail head pins to get the “bumps)? I have been binging on a number of years of your posts and adding them to my Pinterest boards. Got tons of great ideas. I love all the things you have done in your house and particularly the new direction you are taking in your decor. It is similar to mine which I call “Beachy /Coastal Farmhouse”. I downsized considerably when I built my new place, got rids of years worth of stuff. I now have a light, bright, open space – all the walls, woodwork and Shaker cabinetry are white (SW Snowbound) with LVP floor in a medium dark distressed wide plank. Not a total minimalist look but much less cluttered than before. Would love replace my counter tops with the Quartz you used. Mine are laminate in a pale grey/white/tan stone look (spent the savings on a fireplace and bookshelves/cabinets in the living room area). Will think of saving up to replace them in the future as that is the best looking quartz I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful creations and I look forward to what your share next.

    1. Thank you, Jill! And yes, those doors would be perfect!
      And thank you, I am so happy with the way my home has transformed lately. Yours sounds just lovely too! And oh my, yes, you would love this countertop! I am SO very happy with it. Like you, I have not seen another that I like as much. Thank you again for the kind words, Jill, I am so thrilled you enjoy the blog and projects there. :) xoxo

  5. I chuckled when I read my comment from last year! I just found a similar sign that is a tray so I will be playing with the copper spray. I’m bad about not looking back on my posts and getting ideas that I’ve saved. When I saw this was a post from the past, it reminded me to look at my saved ideas and I am so glad I did! Good luck on the renovations!! Be safe and stay healthy!

    1. Oh, haha!! It’s fun to look back sometimes. And I like sharing some of my old relevant posts because they get lost and forgotten and newer subscribers have probably never seen them either. But equally as fun to read past comments! :) And yes!! So glad this reminded you to look at those things you’ve saved along the way. I am bad about that too. xo

  6. Great job Nancy! i love the all the bumps distressed with the copper color underneath – you are so right, perfect for welcoming Fall!

  7. I still love this sign! :) Copper and white are my jam! This morning I woke to 68 degrees here so windows are open. Of course it will go up to 90 today so not quite Fall. :) Enjoy the last weeks of summer Nancy!!

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