the market sign.

I’m pretty much in love with using signs as décor.  I have a few in my own home, but let’s not add up how many because it might sound excessive.  OK?  Let’s just call it another non-collection.

That being said, genuine vintage signs are pretty pricey.  And these days even buying a newly made sign in a shop can be a bit expensive.  Especially if you want something with a bit of size to it.

So I recommend a DIY approach.

There are lots of different methods out there for achieving this including; using stencils (which aren’t cost effective if you want to make just one item with the stencil, their value lies in repetitive use), hand lettering (which never really looks good for me), transferring a graphic using a gel (which involves printing a graphic the size of your sign, so unless you use a printing service then size is limited) or using a cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette to cut vinyl and apply it like a sign (the machines are expensive, there is a bit of a learning curve for using them, and again size is an issue).

All of these methods have their place, but they all have their limitations too.

That brings me to the fab new transfers available from Prima Marketing’s line.  There are several that are perfect for making your own large sign.  I tried it out myself using their Market transfer (transfer provided by Prima Marketing).

This is a large transfer.  I want to point out here that the dimensions listed on the packaging are off.  They say 27.5″ x 24″.  I have no idea what those dimensions are meant to represent, but the actual size of the word ‘MARKET’ is 10″ tall by 47″ wide.  It does come in two separate pieces, one with ‘MAR’ and one with ‘KET’.  Still, those dimensions on the packaging make little sense.  The tube itself is only 13″ tall.

Nonetheless, I had the perfect piece to turn into a sign with this large transfer.  It’s an old closet door!  You might recognize it because I posted about it once before.  Who remembers the door to nowhere?

I thought it turned out pretty fab and would look great just leaning on the wall in someone’s home.  But apparently no one agreed with me on that because it sat unsold at Reclaiming Beautiful.  So a while back I decided to go back to the drawing board on this one.  I brought it home from the shop and realized it would be the perfect size to turn into a jumbo sign using the Market transfer.

But first, the door had suffered a bit of damage over time and I wanted to eliminate the stenciled “1918” because that wouldn’t work for my sign.  So I sanded the door down and added two coats of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth, a lovely warm white.

This next step could not have been any easier, and it was definitely faster than most of the other options for making your own sign.

I simply placed the transfer sheet onto my door where I wanted it, taped it in place and then rubbed over the design using the little black wooden stick they supply with the transfer.

Carefully peel the shiny plastic off and ta da!

One large Market sign.

As you can see it just barely fit in my photo cottage (and yes, those are roses from Arlene’s garden).  The sign (ie. door) itself is 77″ wide and 16″ tall.

Of course I realize that not everyone happens to have a vintage door that is exactly the right size for a Market sign, but as I reminded you on Monday these transfers can also be applied directly to the wall.

Try to think of a creative way that you could use one of these in your home.  I can see it applied vertically directly to a pantry door.  It would also look cool applied across the front of a sideboard or buffet.

For those of you wondering where you can purchase the Prima Marketing products, check out their “Where To Buy” page.

But now it’s your chance to win one of three Prima Marketing transfers that would make great signs; Farmers Market, Market and Farm Fresh.

To be eligible to win one of these transfers all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by Friday, June 29, 2018 at midnight (U.S. central).  I’ll draw three names at random and each winner will get one transfer.

The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $25, if the prize is not claimed by Friday, July 6, 2018 another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.

And by the way, my Market sign is also for sale locally.  If you live near the Twin Cities and happen to need a large sign to hang in your house, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale’ page.

75 thoughts on “the market sign.

  1. Love the market sign!! I recently used one of the transfers on the back-piece from a dresser. It had great curvy lines on the outside edges, and a flat surface in the middle, perfect for the transfer. I’m ADDICTED to them now.

    I love how you were able to wrap the “R” around that middle piece and it looks fabulous still! As always, thanks for inspiring us to think outside the box!


    1. Yes, that was the part I was hoping would work out … and it really was easy to just layer the transfer over that center bit. Had I left that as a blank space in the middle the whole sign would have been unbalanced.


  2. Ooh yes! This would be an amazing addition to our new house in the country – we can’t wait to move in and start decorating!
    I love the door idea too, I share the love of old doors and am always on the lookout for the perfect one to repurpose ❤


  3. Seems to me you have a large stash hidden somewhere in your carriage house or garage where all the lovely, perfect pieces sit awaiting a Quandie touch. I have a garage full of old junk and I don’t think any of it will turn out as good as your projects. You have a great vision, thanks for sharing it. Door to a market, now, instead of nowhere…

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  4. Great job!! So cute! Ihave only done one transfer, and it was really easy. In the process of moving, so project is not done. Will have to ait till after move!!!

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  5. These transfers are great for any large lettering! I used a pieced version (as you suggested) on my vintage hope chest and it turned out adorable! I just love your blog!

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  6. I LOVE everything that you do!! I have recommended your blog to many people. The Prima Marketing transfers are great. I recently used the Seeds transfer on a large jam cupboard.

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  7. I love all your signs and furniture makeovers. And obviously, I’d love to try a transfer! I Watch you do them and keep thinking I have got to get on board and give those things a try 😀

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  8. That looks FABULOUS ! Now I know what to do with several vintage doors I have! Off to find some transfers. Thanks again for the inspiration!

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    1. I look forward to reading your blog every day! You’re such an inspiration and wealth of knowledge, and your photos are so beautiful! You brighten every day for me! Thank you so much! 😚

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  9. I love signs too and this is a great idea. How do you think the door would look using it as a door again with the lettering going sideways. Thanks


  10. As always, this sign is another winner! I was kinda not liking the re-do of the door I already loved. That little bit of chipping and the numbers are what I want to do on a door for a headboard with the number signifying the year we got married. The Market sign turned out perfectly!!

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  11. I love their signs and yours turned out great! I have been holding onto a MARKET IOD transfer myself. What a great idea to put it on and old door. I have a large wall in my kitchen as well. Hum, I will have to think on that one. I would love to get the “French Market” sign. 😊


  12. Love it…I checked the web site, but no retail shops in Minnesota sell their product. Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Pam Craven


    1. Yeah, I checked as well. Nothing local. I’ve ordered online from lots of different places, wherever I can find the best price and have always had a good experience.


  13. I have just the place for one of the transfers. Love ❤️ most of overything you do .Yes it’s Betty. Have a Happy 4th of July. We have Canada Day this Monday, supposed to be a heat wave.

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  14. I just stumbled upon your website when searching for green painted furniture. So many great pieces and ideas! I love Fusion’s Park Bench too. Thanks for all the great before and afters.

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  15. Great idea! It looks fabulous and I have a similar door that’s just been hanging around as well! TaDa . All I have to do is paint it – and win the transfer!😉😉

    Thnx for all your tips, tricks and giveaways!

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  16. You’re work always comes out perfect! Or, even better, perfectly imperfect which is even harder! You are always an inspiration and the go-to person for information, tutorials, great supply recommendation AND you and your husband have the best senses of humor. I always get a smile on my face when I see a new post from you! Keep the ideas coming and I’ll keep putting my own weird spin on them! LOL Thank you!

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  17. I have stenciled furniture, walls and my closet doors. Would love to try a transfer, my family room could use a pop of something, a transfer would be great. Thank you for all you tips and suggestions, Have a fun and safe 4th of July,

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  18. Thanks again for the inspiration and sign ideas. I love signs and would have them everywhere but that would make me the Crazy Sign Lady so I try to resist having too many out at one time. Looking forward to your next post!

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  19. What a great idea, Linda. Now my pantry is just hungry for a sign on it’s door! I am looking forward to your tutorial one day and thanks so much for the link!

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  20. I love old doors, especially when they have a history. Your door with the Market sign is adorable! You have such a unique vision and talent for everything you do!

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