{EAT} – letters from reclaimed lumber


Updated – these letters are now available for sale HERE!!

Even before i started my plank wall that i posted about yesterday, i had a vision of what i wanted for the little diagonal wall.  It needed to be big, bold and make a statement!  And i think that my new EAT sign def does!  I love that its “In Your Face”, “POW“, “Look At Me“, “BOOYAH” – nothing subtle about this sign!

I looked online for some inspiration pics, but the only EAT signs i found were small – cute, but small.  So, I needed to make my own.  Lucky for me, i have some old lumber that was given to me by my shop neighbors for FREE (i love getting old stuff like that!).  The wood is super chunky, old, perfectly gray and i have lots of it (and lots more projects planned for it).

So, i found the perfect sized plank in my stash and got to cutting it up.  I didnt really plan anything out – i just measured my wall to make sure that i didnt make it too big or too small.  My letters ended up being about 30 in tall, 22 in wide and 1 1/4 in thick and each piece of wood is about 8 in wide.

The only tools that i used was just a drill and a handsaw.  I started with the T to get it it the perfect size and then just based my E & A off that one.

Then, after my chunks of wood were cut out, i just used simple little metal braces to attach the chunks together.  I didnt glue them or anything – the wood has been outside, so i figured if the wood shrinks a little i can just adjust them.  The little brackets are super cheap – they come in a pack of 4 for about $1.50

After i got all my letters done, which only took about a half hour, i gave them a really light sand just to make sure there wasnt any big slivers poking out.  On my cut ends that were gonna be seen, i got my jar of vinegar wood aging solution that i talked about here and just brushed it on, it turned the edges a nice dark gray.  I didnt seal or wax my wood, i just left it how it is.


Thats it!!  Super easy, only took about an hour from start to finish and it makes a huge impact!  I love the chunky gray aged wood against the clean white wall – it just makes me happy!

Just to recap – here is the BEFORE – BEFORE….


And the AFTER…

I love the whole look of this pic – the blue, white and the gray – its perfection!

So, what do you think?  Like it?!  I LOVE it!!  

FYI – EAT signs are now available FOR SALE in the Sweet Pickins Shop!!

Ive got a few other things planned for that space – moving that blue hutch and something else in ( i love it and will be keeping it, but its a little big for the space), and then im thinking about bringing in some more old doors to replace the 2 builder doors on that wall – cant wait!!

77 replies
  1. Jilly
    Jilly says:

    WOW! I absolutely love the letters you made. Genius to make them yourself because you could make them so BIG! They really are perfection. Nice work and thanks for giving the rest of us a great idea!

  2. Lorie
    Lorie says:

    I am SERIOUSLY IN LOVE with this! I am mentally trying to figure out where this could go in my new house…and then how to get you here to make me one!!! ;D

    • Kim
      Kim says:

      I know exactly where I would put this since I haven’t been able to find any large enough as well. Would really love to buy a set if you are interested in making another one???

      • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
        Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

        havent decided on that yet – i have ideas for all my lumber so im afraid to use it up!!

  3. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    You’re so creative I love it! I’ve been admiring your pantry door for some time, any chance you have anymore similar for sale??

  4. cathi coutu
    cathi coutu says:

    Seriously!!! LOVE!!! If you do decide to part w some of your wood and make a little money…I would LOVE. LOVE. LOVE some of these letters!! :)

  5. cathicoutu
    cathicoutu says:

    Seriously!!! LOVE!! If you decide to make some to sell~ PLEASE put me on the list that would like to purchase them….I have the PERFECT spot in my kitchen! :)

  6. kristin
    kristin says:

    OMG!! I love it so much! I saw an large EAT (cursive) sign a few years ago and wanted to make one but never got to it BUT I love this one even more. You wouldn’t mind to much if I made my own? :) I have the perfect spot. You’re a talented gal! Hey, I’m not to far from you, maybe I could crash your beautiful home. jk
    Oh, I’m planning on putting up a flank wall this weekend, in my studio…so stinkin’ excited!! Can you tell me the color of white you used, yours if gorgeous.

  7. america
    america says:

    I swoon your letters! I’ve been following your blog for years now and love your projects…I need to fly you to FL. to help me with your DIY/decor expertise…we just moved there and your style which I love is almost nonexistent there.

  8. Rochelle
    Rochelle says:

    Great job Sausha! I love the feature wall and the {EAT} sign. The raw wood looks fab. I recently made a {FRESH} sign in my kitchen, but I have to say your barn wood looks better than mine. Great job as always!

  9. Sara
    Sara says:

    And how can I convince you to make one for me? I’m sure you’re already bombarded with this questions…I’m serious though! I have a perfect space for it and this the bold touch that my home needs!

  10. Bridget
    Bridget says:

    What color is the blue you used on your hutch and pantry door! Thanks for the idea on how to do plank walls, much cheaper then the other ways I’ve seen to do it!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      the green on my pantry door is the original paint, so i dont know and the hutch is copen blue by Sherwin Williams

  11. Lindsay at Life of Splendor
    Lindsay at Life of Splendor says:

    Hi Sausha! I just found your blog today from Urban Farmgirl. She posted your “EAT” picture and I’m in awe of it!!!! I’ve been looking around your blog all morning and just LOVE it! I’m so happy that I found it. I love your style!

  12. Christina
    Christina says:

    Do did your wood measure up to be like 1 x 6 or 1 x 4?

    I plan on making some but I’d like to distress the wood myself…

    Thoughts on a good size to get the same impact? I have a wall similar to yours and am excited to try your amazing idea!

  13. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    I love the blue distressed hutch. What color of blue is that? I have one I am in the process of refinishing and can’t decide for sure on a color.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      i believe that is copen blue by sherwin williams, or it could be meditative by sherwin williams – i cant remember!!

  14. Ellie
    Ellie says:

    Hi! Great kitchen!! Can you tell me where you got the chandelier over your island? It’s exactly what I’m looking for!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      sorry, but i just got it @ a consignment store so it was of course used and i dont know who originally made it/sold it!

  15. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Love your letters!! You mentioned getting doors too – I have been on the hunt for “old” pantry doors to replace the ones from the builder. Do you have any ideas where to find such treasures?

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      i have no idea!! I just made it up as i went along and now just use the same A as my template when i make the signs that i have sold. Sorry – im not much help – you will just have to play around with it :)

  16. Tori
    Tori says:

    I love the {EAT} sign and plan on making one soon! I have 70 year old wood that we took out of our house from remodeling!!!!!! It already has the PERFECT age and patina! I was wondering if you have before and after pics of the hutch? Apparently there are several of us that are interested in it! I’m on my way to SW this week end for paint!!

  17. Shayna
    Shayna says:

    I am new to your blog, and I absolutely LOVE your projects! I am dying to know where you got the chandelier over the table!

  18. erin
    erin says:

    Have you painted your cabinets yet? I have to do that and i am interested in what type of paint you decide to use. i bought some milk paint so i dont have to sand everything but for some reason i am still nervous to start.


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