Transformed :: I Saw The Sign

By clairezinnecker

Morning, everyone! Claire here, and I’ve got to hand it to you all for your super creative and valuable input when it came to brainstorming this project. As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, Camille and Adam came across a piece of subway-inspired graphic artwork on their Santa Barbara babymoon that they absolutely loved. So when they came to me with the challenge of creating a similar piece for Adam’s office space, I knew I could turn to y’all for ideas. After much consideration, here is what I came up with: a simple yet personalized piece of artwork to add some graphic interest to Adam’s workspace. I’m so please with the outcome, that I’ve already decided to make another one for myself! Want to see how I did it? Follow the jump for the easy instructions.

  • MDF board (I bought size 1/4″thick x 2′ x 4′)
  • spray adhesive
  • command damage free picture hanging strips
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • sand paper
  • computer
  1. Design your signage. Adam is from San Diego, so he wanted beaches of California. I kept it simple and masculine with block white fonts on a black background.
  2. Lay out the design in your preferred computer program. I used Adobe Illustrator, but you can use a program like Paint if you don’t have Illustrator.  Make sure you create your print to the size you actual want it, (I did 24″ x 36″) so that it printed in a high enough resolution.
  3. Spell check! then take the file to a local print shop to have it printed.
  4. Once printed, I marked the edge of the print onto the 2′ x 4′ MDF panel, then went to Home Depot and had them cut accordingly. Cutting the board after the sign is printed allows for them to be the exact same size. Sand if needed.
  5. Paint the exposed edges in your preferred color. I painted mine white to match the border of the sign.
  6. Lay the board outside on a flat surface and spray the top 4 or 5 inches of the MDF board. Slowly lay down the top of the print and smooth.
  7. Moving down the board, repeat step 6 until you have adhered the entire poster to the MDF. Spraying and gluing in small portions allows it to glue down smoothly. It’s especially helpful to have a partner during these steps.
  8. Once dry, use the Command strips to hang on the wall and enjoy!

*photos by Camille