Vintage-Inspired Patriotic Sign

Vintage-Inspired Patriotic Sign

Every year, I always try and come up with one good red/white/blue project to post around July 4th– sometimes, the ideas come hot and heavy and I don’t have enough time to post them all! But then there are other years, like this year, where I struggle to find the passion to create one, given everything that’s currently going on.

But, when I came across a collection of salvaged red cabinet doors at my local Habitat ReStore, however, I immediately decided it would be an ideal piece to transform into patriotic decor- but I still wasn’t sure what I’d make.

Salvaged red cabinet door at Habitat ReStore that Sadie Seasongoods will upcycle and repurposed into a DIY vintage inspired patriotic sign for July 4th

Red always catches my eye…

After thinking on the topic for a good long time, I decided to reach back a few decades to World War II. To a time when American patriotism was high, and the USA had a common enemy (well, a few enemies) overseas- and it wasn’t each other here at home. When Pin-ups sold war bonds and Uncle Sam’s face was everywhere…so, I decided to create a vintage-inspired patriotic sign with my cabinet door. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Repurposing and upcycling a salvaged cabinet door from Habitat ReStore into a patriotic slogan sign for Independence Day decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Here’s hoping for some patriotic decor that is agreeable by all!

To get started, I first needed to remove all the hardware, which included soft-close cabinet hinges and a heavy black metal knob.

Removing excess hardware from salvaged red cabinet door from Habitat ReStore for an upcycling craft project by Sadie Seasongoods

All I need is a nice, flat door…

Now- I promise you I’m not crazy, but I decided that the cabinet door was the wrong red. In my mind, I wanted the red to be more of a warm, tomato red- and not the blue-toned cherry red that was already on the door. So, I lugged it back into the garage for a quick sanding, just to rough up the surface a bit so that fresh paint could adhere better.

Using an orbital sander on salvaged cabinet door that I'll re-paint and stencil a slogan on for an upcycled vintage-inspired patriotic slogan sign by Sadie Seasongoods

Roughin’ it up a bit…

Once I wiped off all the post-sanding dust, I painted the outside rectangle with a deeper, warmer red (Farmhouse Red by Behr). Remember how I shared the Behr paint sample sale on Facebook a while back? This was one of the colors I selected!

Painting salvaged cabinet door with Farmhouse Red by Behr for a vintage patriotic sign by Sadie Seasongoods

Just a warmer, tomato-soup kind of red…

I then painted the interior rectangle a creamy off-white color.

Painting salvaged cabinet door with Behr paint from The Home Depot for a vintage patriotic sign by Sadie Seasongoods

Even my painter’s tape is patriotic looking here!

When the paint had dried, I lightly distressed the entire thing with my favorite flexible sand paper. Then, I gathered a specialty stencil, my favorite stencil brushes (from this online store), and a blue paint that reminded me of vintage denim.

Patriotic slogan stencil for a salvaged cabinet door repurposed into a patriotic sign by Sadie Seasongoods

Let’s get ready to STENCIL!

Patriotic slogan stencil for a salvaged cabinet door repurposed into a patriotic sign by Sadie Seasongoods

The perfect shade of blue for my patriotic sign…

I decided that I needed something else besides the patriotic slogan “Buy American”, so I added four stars, one to each corner, using this handy multi-size star stencil. And that was it!

Creating a World War II vintage inspired patriotic sign using an upcycled cabinet door for July 4 by Sadie Seasongoods

Ta-da! But wait, maybe one more thing?

But I felt it needed just one more thing- I mean, I loved how it looked just like that, but I ended up going on Etsy to find a fun knob to cover up and fill in the hole left from the original knob! And I found the perfect one in this amazing Etsy shop, which is filled will all sorts of goodies for projects. 

Adding a vintage eagle knob to repurposed cabinet door patriotic sign by Sadie Seasongoods

The final touch!

NOW it was complete, and I couldn’t be happier. Just looking at it makes me start humming “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”- what do you think?

DIY Vintage-inspired patriotic sign for July 4 decor using an upcycled repurposed cabinet door by Sadie Seasongoods

Exactly what I was going for…

AND please don’t forget to check out my full collection of patriotic project ideas before you go…

Craft on!


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  1. Amanda Lake says:

    Another beautiful and easy project. I love it.

  2. Mary Kemler says:

    Wow! Looks great but that knob really elevates it!

  3. Beverly says:

    I love it!!! Very nice project and it looks great with the flags. Well done!

  4. JM Taylor says:

    We absolutely love this project and will now be on the hunt for some cabinet doors to repurpose! Thank you so much for the shout out for our Etsy shop! We were thrilled to see what you came up with for the eagle knob…it does add the perfect finishing touch 😊 Your creativity is amazing!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I will definitely let y’all know in advance when I plan a trip to The Depot! I’m in Greenville, SC so it’s an easy day trip. 🙂

  5. I really like the idea of upcycling rather than buying new lumber or other new materials. It also could be cute in a kitchen or garden shed!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Totally! And yes, my entire blog is dedicated to buying secondhand to avoid buying new whenever possible. Upcycling is my middle name- maybe first name some days! 😉

  6. Adding the knob is why your repurposings are so nice…attention to detail makes all the difference.

  7. Love This! Very creative! I appreciate you sharing the link for the stencil – I’m going to put this on my list – Now I must keep an eye out for a unique piece of wood like you found. Thank you for sharing and this is an excellent idea.

  8. Wendy Oyler says:

    This turned out so wonderful! And I definitely agree with your choice to re-paint the red. Beautiful as always!

  9. Kathy A. says:

    Another great project! I Love red, white, and blue! I succumbed to AC Moore’s 80% off sale and bot a garden stake–Land of the Free because of the Brave sign and stuck it in an urn of flowers. And a rustic, small scale pallett looking flag which I stuck up with Command hangers (1st time using these) on the side of the house next to the front door. I’m ready for the fireworks!

  10. You are so fantastic. Well said & well done! ❤️

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, thank you- I sincerely appreciate that. I got an ugly remark about my post, but I knew there’d be at least one. So I especially appreciate your kindness!

  11. Hello from sunny England, UK! This is lovely and the colours and slogan could just as easily be used over here … with just a slight change. Lol “Buy British” 😉

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Haha, definitely!! Someone in Canada had mentioned the same thing- they plan to make a “Buy Canadian” version. 😀

  12. You have such a great eye for project design. I totally love what you did with the cabinet door and yes, that color has to be just right…you nailed it!

  13. Thanks again {!} for sharing a great project. Now I’m on my way over to check your previous patriotic posts.


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