An Easy Approach to Word Art (and a New Stove!)

Many, many moons ago our stove died.

This was not necessarily a travesty.

We were hankering to replace the old stove with a new stainless one to match our new dishwasher, oven hood and refrigerator. Really, we owe the old girl our gratitude (especially for the fact that I was still able to sell it for $20!)

However, finding a replacement was no easy task. There is reason to believe that the entire kitchen was designed around this awkward stove placement.

We measured and measured and went off in search for the perfectly sized and positioned oven.

One that would fit into the tight spacing, and still let us open our drawer and cabinet door without needing to open the oven door first. If possible, we also wanted a stainless steel top (not black) and metal knobs (not plastic). We are nothing if not specific.

(For appliance hunting, we usually look at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sear’s, Sear’s Outlet and BestBuy, as well as some online retailers.)

The winner was the lovely KitchenAid from Lowe’s (which we had them “Meet and Beat” to the BestBuy price. We also had a coupon. God bless the man who invented coupons).

I am lovin’ my double oven! And this stovetop (with 5 burners) can be removed and turned into a griddle! (We love breakfast, so this was definitely a perk.)

The small space was begging for a small piece of cheery word-art, so I made this sign out of one of our old drawer fronts, similar to this project:

I’ve given word art tutorials before:

But this was the EASIEST way I’ve ever transferred the text outlines before… with chalk!

  1. Paint your background. If you like the weathered look, see my tips from this tutorial.
  2. Print out your words!
  3. Rub chalk all over the backside of the paper.
  4. Tape the paper on to your project and trace the letters firmly with a ballpoint pen.
  5. Remove paper to reveal the transfer of the chalk lines.
  6. Paint inside the lines.
  7. I added some shadow lines with a pencil to give it a little pop.

I love that it matches my taxi-yellow Kitchen Aid!

And check out where we snuck our microwave back into the kitchen!

We installed the outlet when we tore our downstairs bath to pieces. We purchased a Panasonic microwave from Amazon.com and it is SO QUIET! I love it.

I apologize for the helter skelterness of this post. Do people still say that? Or am I turning into my Mother?

All in all, thank you for all the sweet vacation well-wishes! I think my brain is still on vacation though… that does not bode well for the grammatical accurateness of this post!

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16 comments

  1. LOVE your new stove!! double oven – score!! and thanks for the tutorial. i’ve been looking for ways to creat my own canvas with a personal saying. wait…does this method work on canvas too or just wood?

  2. Key says:

    I love your kitchen! You did a fabulous job. My kitchen cabinets are very similar to your old cabinetry. Did you reface your cabinets or buy all new cabinets? If you refaced them, where did you find your doors? Thanks.

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