by laura janning

How to take the "diner" out of the sign!

May 31, 2012

I once loved this sign
But the more my 6 year saw the sign, and started to read simple words, the more he believed it was true and so I slowly began to despise the sign.
So it was time to make a change before my 3 year twins  learned to read and catch on. Since the sign was a good filler for the space that it was in, and serves as a hot spot for the family computer I decided to give it a quick makeover.
Here's what I did:
Applied Black Spray paint
Sanded  down any raised lettering and repainted
Applied some white lettering spelling out FAMILY
 ordered some cute magnetic numbers from Hayden by Haven here
And here you go. No more Denny's!
 Little good the sign did though, my kids still think they can sit at the counter and yell call out food orders!
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  1. so cute! love the magnets! fyi- every time i email you i get a mail delivery failure because your inbox is full.

  2. Great idea!! It turned out really well!!!

  3. It's fantastic~ love the font and magnets too. Great thinking mom. Too funny....

  4. Love your new sign. Looks great. Hugs, Marty

  5. Awesome! And I am begining to feel like a diner and he is only 3! Lol...

  6. When you think about it, kids don't really know what a "diner" is. My 19 year old son STILL does that! And that is because I've let him get away with it. Boy, to be able to do it over again.....

  7. That's so funny. I love the new sign and my house is like a diner too. I linked over from At The Picket Fence.

  8. Well it's darn cute with the redo. Today one son asked me what was for dinner as I was cleaning the kitchen. I said, I have no idea. Then I said..... seems everyone here knows how to cook, it's the cleaning up part no one knows how to do!


  9. What a great makeover! Learned from a very wise older mom when my daughter was an infant..."Do not become a short order cook, if they are hungry, they will eat it! " :) Can't wait to meet you, in person, at Haven!!!

  10. Your new sign looks wonderful and it sounds like you're glad the old one was laid to rest!

  11. hahahaha :) Great new sign and now you don't feel like a short order cook!

    Have a great weekend!


  12. Where is the bike that is above the sign from? I love it!

  13. How did I not know you had a set of twins. We have a set {I am sure that is totally NOT politically correct anymore} ourselves. Anyways, super cute "new" sign!

  14. Glad I'm not the only short order cook around! My twins are 12 - and they love ringing our little diner bell when foods up!

  15. Great redo, I love it!!!

    Hugs, Tanya :)

  16. Laura- this is what I get for missing out on blogging for the week, this project is ah-mazing! I love how you used the diner sign as your base and totally made it your own.


  17. love the bike over your sign too.. where did you get it?


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