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{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 Responses to {EAT} – letters from reclaimed lumber

  1. Jilly May 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    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!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} May 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm #


  2. Lorie May 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    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

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} May 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      wouldnt that be fun!!

    • Kim May 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      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} May 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

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

  3. Emily May 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Amazing! Simply Amazing!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} May 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      haha – thanks Emily!!

  4. Janet Lawson May 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    I like how your letters came out..Your kitchen i s beautiful..

  5. Tania May 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Whoa! That’s the coolest wall and “EAT” sign I’ve ever seen! I love it!


  6. Audrey Zumwalt May 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    WOW … what a statement that makes. LOVE It !!!
    Wish I had a wall big enough for that.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  7. Erica May 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Beyond PERFECT! Will you be listing a set or two on Sweet Pickins? Custom orders?

  8. Elissa N May 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Good job! Super fun and I love them! Now wait for pinterest to explode with these pictures!! :)

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} May 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm #


  9. Robin May 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    I love it. What a great idea to use the weathered wood. I love how big it is too! No way you could miss that!

  10. Kristy May 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    I love this! It’s such a unique idea and yet so simple!

  11. Jamie May 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    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??

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} May 30, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      i dont have any like that one, i actually got mine at Georges Demolition in SLC, UT

  12. rachel @ dbohemia May 30, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    Love it Sausha! It’s perfect!


    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} May 30, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      thanks so much!! I loved the pics of your shop – it looks so good!!!

  13. Joani May 30, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    Love it. It’s just so you!

  14. northern cottage May 30, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    eeek beyond gorgeous!! i’m totally in love! XO – NORTHERN COTTAGE

  15. Rita May May 30, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    W-O-W should be your next letters! I love the old wood and the size.

  16. Tara May 30, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    I love it! What a gorgeous statement wall!

  17. Mindi May 30, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Awesome! Love, love!

  18. cathi coutu May 30, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    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!! :)

  19. cathicoutu May 30, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    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! :)

  20. Joni Holland May 30, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    You proved the adage, sometimes simpler is better!

  21. Dara May 30, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Love your kitchen!

  22. kristin May 30, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    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.

  23. Margo May 30, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Love it!!!! Everything about that wall is just awesome..

  24. erin brain stead May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Very cool! Love it. :)

  25. Kristy Geddes May 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm #


    Ho did you attach it to your wall?

    TFS Kristy

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} May 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      i should get a pic, but they are just some hooks i bought from lowes

  26. Genevieve Gail May 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    This is SO great!!!

  27. Lisa@budgetdesigngirl.blogspot.com May 31, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Holy awesomeness! This is simply INCREDIBLE!!!! Found you on pinterest. Following you now for sure! LOVE your kitchen! Tons of inspiration!


  28. america May 31, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    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.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} June 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

      im up for a trip anytime!!

  29. Vanessa June 1, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    This is lovely!!!!

  30. Jen June 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Love Love Love it!!! Wow – Loving the wood planked walls too!!!

    Found you in pinterest!


  31. misty June 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Amazing! Love the EAT and the plank wall.

  32. Sandy June 2, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Beautiful!! Well done!! Can Not Wait to try this!! Thanks for posting to pinterest! :)

  33. Kim June 2, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    LOVE this! Thinking about doing a word on an 18 foot high wall we have! thanks for the tutorial!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  34. Taylor McNamara June 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Wow. I am in LOVE with this project. I’d kill to get my hands on some old wood like that!

  35. Rochelle June 3, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    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!

  36. Sara June 4, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    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!

  37. Gina June 6, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    WOW……love it!!

  38. Beth June 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Just joined your blog. Love your style! Saw you on RoadKill Rescue.

  39. Becky June 18, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Wow, I love these so and want to make some!! So fabulous!

  40. shannst3 June 20, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    hope to see these for sale soon??!! what are the dimensions?

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} June 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      hopefully soon!!

  41. Bridget June 25, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    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} June 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

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

  42. Lindsay at Life of Splendor June 26, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    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!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} June 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      thanks so much!! going to check out your blog now too!!

  43. Christina June 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    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!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} July 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      they are approx 1×6’s – have fun with your project!!

  44. Melissa June 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    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} July 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

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

  45. Ellie July 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    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} July 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      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!

  46. lyndsay July 16, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Super awesome! Love it!

  47. Laura @ The Turquoise Home July 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I love this! I love it so much that I made one for myself… and now I love it even more! Thanks for posting!!


    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} August 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      it looks awesome!!

  48. Tammy December 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    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} December 6, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Where are you located?

  49. Tammy December 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    I am in the Atlanta area.

  50. Katy February 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    How did you make the A? I am looking to make on like that. What angle did you use to have them meet?

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} March 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      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 :)

  51. Soraya June 13, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Will you ship to Canada?

  52. Amanda June 20, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    Love these giant eat letters, a fabulous statement! I have featured you on Craft Gossip today :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/giant-eat-letters-from-reclaimed-wood/

  53. Tori June 21, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    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!!

  54. Alicia March 12, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

    Are you still selling these EAT letters? I would love to purchase!

  55. Shayna July 23, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    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!

  56. erin August 10, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    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.

  57. Jennie October 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    Will you be adding these back to your store? I don’t see them

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} November 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

      Not at this time – we are unsure if we will be adding them back in

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