Lift Your Spirit with Custom Made Signs

Signs speak to everybody. I love painting and repurposing, so it’s the perfect combination for me. I can find materials that people are done with and don’t want to use anymore, like leftover pieces of wood from a construction site or an old fence. I can also make signs on lots of things such as: scrap wood, […]

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Lift Your Spirit with Custom Made Signs


Signs speak to everybody. I love painting and repurposing, so it’s the perfect combination for me. I can find materials that people are done with and don’t want to use anymore, like leftover pieces of wood from a construction site or an old fence. I can also make signs on lots of things such as: scrap wood, picture frames, shutters, wood blocks, cabinet doors, doors, windows or...

Signs speak to everybody. I love painting and repurposing, so it’s the perfect combination for me. I can find materials that people are done with and don’t want to use anymore, like leftover pieces of wood from a construction site or an old fence. I can also make signs on lots of things such as: scrap wood, picture frames, shutters, wood blocks, cabinet doors, doors, windows or trays.

There’s a sign for everybody. I saw so many cute signs and I started thinking I can do that so why not, so I started making my own signs. There are a lot of things I like and I’d like to put them up on people’s walls to give them hope, laughter or inspiration.

Love signs

I did this sunshine sign because it reminds me of my boys. I wanted them to have something on their bedroom wall that had a positive message. They can see it and be reminded of how important they are, how beautiful they are and how they are my sunshine. It has a momma bird and a baby bird. I love to make signs for kids with positive messages. This sign is made on a piece of wood. I used a Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutting machine to make this one.


Here’s a positive message for children to remind them how special they are.

Illustrated signs

This project was a quote for a customer. It has a special meaning for him. I got to do something that was different from the style I normally do. My client gave me the concept and some fonts he liked. I was able to put it all together. Doing a custom job is even more rewarding because it is personalized to the way they want it. I live in Silicon Valley. Hand painting a techie font that looks like a circuit board seemed perfect for this customer. I had to hand paint the body and all the letters. It was funky and different. I had a lot of fun doing it.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7

I painted this large tray as a custom project for a man cave. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

Patriotic signs

This was a custom order for a Navy mom. It’s important for her to have this on her wall to show her pride for her son. The wood is part of an old crate used for shipping auto parts. I got some crates on Craigslist. It was listed that they were going to dispose of them. Since I love to keep things out of the landfill, I went and got the crates and took them apart so I could make signs and other wall decor.


It’s easy to turn crates into wall decor.

Encouraging signs

This was a custom order for an amazing woman who has been through a lot. This is a special and encouraging quote for her. This was a repurposed oil painting I found at a garage sale. It was a canvas with a fruit painting on a gold frame. I painted the frame white and antiqued it. Then I chalk painted the canvas and hand painted the quote. She hung it in her bedroom as a happy reminder for her to see every morning when she wakes up and every evening as a reminder before she goes to bed.


Add encouraging signs throughout your home to brighten up your days.

This is one of my favorite signs. I love these sorts of signs where, by changing colors, you can get a double message out of it. It says “Believe in Yourself” and “Be You.” I love using paper in my projects. These are pages out of a book. I like using this texture as a background. I often go to estate sales to buy books.  Sometimes this is the last chance for a book to be saved or repurposed before going to landfill. Although I hesitate to tear books apart, I’d rather repurpose them than let them go into a landfill. There’s also a third level to this message which is the pages of the book. The big words draw people in to read the pages in the book.


This is a great sign for an author or for someone who loves books.

Humorous signs

This is one of these humorous things I love to make because it makes people laugh. It brings a smile to their face and lightens up the day for them, which I love. This was a serving tray. I used chalkboard paint and chalkboard markers to hand write the saying. I bought the Rustoleum chalk paint from Home Depot. I punched holes through it with a hole puncher that can go through tin or metal. This is about 6″ x 10″, but you can make a sign on any size tray.


This would be great gift for anyone who loves chocolate and likes a good laugh.

I think this save water sign is funny. I did this when we were having a lot of drought issues in our area and there was a huge issue with saving water. I thought this was a great opportunity for this saying. It’s on a serving tray so I thought it was a perfect saying for it. I stenciled a crown image to the top as an artistic element. Not only is this a sign that conveys a message, it’s also a practical sign that can be used as a serving tray.

I used Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint on this tray and the black is a craft acrylic paint. This is great for people who host get-togethers.


This is a great gift for anyone who likes champagne or likes to have a good laugh.

Functional signs

This is one I do where people stop and laugh and they think it’s cute. It’s also great because it’s very functional. I did this because my son is always losing his socks. It’s a great place to keep one sock until we find the other one. He often takes one sock off and throws it in miscellaneous places. I have this hanging in my laundry room. This could also be in a child’s bedroom as a waiting place for the found socks. This could be good gift for a new mom, or for a college student as a going-away present.


This is a great sign for anyone who does laundry or loses socks.

Residence signs

I made this sign to welcome winter and to welcome people to a home. I love snowmen because they’re so cute. I stenciled the welcome letters and then hand painted the snowman.


Here’s a sign to welcome your guests and the change of seasons.

This is a fun name sign for your home. This is a great fit for anyone who would like to have their last name displayed on a wall. This is a great wedding present showing the date or year of a marriage.

This was a special order for someone who was recently married. She wanted to have her new last name on a sign. I used some scrap wood and put it together. I painted it, sanded it down distressed it to make it look old.

This is a perfect gift because it’s personalized and you won’t find it in a store. You won’t have to worry that someone else gets the same gift. It will be unique and they’ll probably love it because you put a lot of thought into it and created a one-of a kind gift just for them. I can custom make address or house number signs for your mailbox, front door or entry. Contact Restoration Illumination to place a custom order sign for your home.


Restoration Illumination can turn your last name into a work of art.

Back yard signs

I’m very much in love with the farm house style and any vintage signs or farm style signs. This is one of my favorite ones. I used an old board. I painted it and stenciled FRESH EGGS on it. Then I sanded it to make it look old.

The best compliment I get is when someone says it looks so old. I say I just made it. Then they find it hard to believe that I just recently made it.

You can use this in a kitchen or over a mantle in a loving room or family room. You can put it in a hallway or on your patio or use it as back yard art. I see a lot of people who decorate their fences. You could hang it on your fence in a back yard. This is a perfect sign for anyone who’s into farm house style or country cottage.


This farm house sign is a great gift for someone who has chickens or loves eggs.

Chalkboard Signs

I love to make chalkboard signs. This is one of my favorite things to do. This is a repurposed cabinet door from a kitchen that was being remodeled. Most of the time contractors throw away old cabinet doors. Whenever I’m lucky enough to get a hold of these pieces before they go to landfills, I’ll make something of them like a chalkboard or a sign. I used chalkboard paint on the inside for writing special messages.

You can do a shopping list, leave a message or make a quote. On the top I added a wood crown appliqué. I’ve also done them with angels. There are lots of things you can add to give it a little extra style. I’m very big on keeping things out of landfills so this is a rewarding project for me.

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This old cabinet door has a perfect style with a ready-made frame. It makes for a perfect layout for doing a chalkboard.

Signs for Pet Lovers

I’m a dog lover, so I thought this was really cute to have a place to hang your leash and have a jar for biscuits for rewards when they go out or baggies for clean up. Its a clean sign with just a paw print. It’s easy to identify. I love the hook for the leash and it doesn’t take up much space on the wall so it could be next to the door as you go out or in a mud room, in the garage or wherever you go out with your dog.

I have dog and cat signs. I have friends that walk their cats on a leash. The cat signs are basically the same, but the paw print is different. The jar can be removed for cleaning.


This would make a great fit for anyone with a pet such as: dog lovers, cat lovers or a forgetful pet-lover who’s always searching for the leash.

Seasonal signs

Halloween is one of the favorite holidays in our household. We decorate with family-friendly things. These TRICK and TREAT signs were a special order for someone. They wanted something tall to go near their door. I had some wood that someone wasn’t able to use at a construction site because it was warped, but it was perfect for these signs.

The little Frankenstein, the ghost, and the jack-o-lantern were little blocks from a long 2×4 board. I cut them down and painted them orange, white and green. Then I used a paint marker to draw out the faces. The 31 sign is something that one of my customer’s saw on Pinterest. I cut down another board. It was really easy. I painted it white and then wrote 31 and painted the spider. It says OCTOBER inside the 3 of 31. These kinds of things are great for people who don’t want the typical mass produced decorations you get a store. If you’re looking for something that’s custom, unique and repurposed, contact Restoration Illumination.


This is a way to welcome little trick or treaters who are out that night or neighbors and friends who come to your home during October to make it look more inviting.

Holiday signs

I love little tags. They’re the sort of thing you’d find at a boutique. I like these because they look like little hanging ornaments, but they can also be used as a mantle display or on a table.They’re pretty big wood blocks, about 6″ tall and about 2″ wide. I was trying to find a way to repurpose scraps of wood that were too small for signs. I thought these would be a cute idea for decorations. They can stand on their own. Sometimes people call me and ask me to recreate these. I can use wood blocks and add ribbon or other decorations.

These are great for anyone who decorates for the holiday season. You can make Easter ones or Valentine’s ones. But they don’t have to be for a specific holiday.


You can make these rustic wood blocks with any of your favorite words or pictures.

Inspirational signs

I love doing scriptures that can inspire or encourage people and help spread the word. I believe in Jesus. Through my art I can spread the word. I love positive and encouraging messages. This is a frame that I got at a garage sale. The frame was beautiful. I loved it. This is one of those pieces of art that I was sad to let go. I wanted to keep it for myself, but I can’t keep everything I do. The point is that I want to spread a message. I have many scriptures that I really love and this is one of them. I chose this so someone could put this on a wall and be reminded of this every day.

On this sign, I used a Craft Smart chalk marker from Michaels.

Whether it’s a scripture or a favorite quote you can look at in any room of the home, your kitchen or living room or bedroom. If you have a special message, or one for a friend, I can make a custom sign just for you.


The more positive messages you can have every day, the better. Surround yourself with positive energy signs.

Wedding signs

I love doing wedding decor. There are so many things you can do. This was a cute idea for a wedding where people are invited to leave the bride and groom a special wish on a little tag and drop it in the wishing well bucket. I found an old bucket then painted and distressed it. Then I wrote on it and added the heart and scroll.

I can make most any kind of custom project such as: signs, chalkboards, frames, doors, or table center pieces. If you see something on Pinterest I can usually recreate it, garlands, banners, wreaths, chair signs, favors, and just about anything else you might for your wedding or shower. I love doing wedding stuff. I’m happy to build Pinterest boards and go over ideas. It’s so much fun for me. I think I get more excited than the bride when I do consultations.


Custom wedding projects are a great way to create a memory that you can keep and look back on your special day for years to come.

I love this cowbell sign because most people tap on their champagne glasses for the bride and groom to kiss. But this is different. If guests want the bride and groom to kiss, guests can ring the bell. It’s perfect for a rustic wedding. What a fun item to have. I drove from one end of Texas to another looking for cowbells. I thought I’d come back with a ton of them, but they’re not as easy to find as you think. I ended with only three cowbells. They are fun to decorate. “Ring for a Kiss.” is such a cute saying. I like cowbells because they’re fun and unique. They’re not your typical wood sign.


Cow bells are something you guests can hold and ring while having lots of fun. They make a lot of noise. It’s a unique media for a sign.

I used scrapwood to make this sign. I wanted to put this up on a wall. This sign can be used any time of the year. It would be nice at weddings and, of course, it’s a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.


Signs are fun. I love signs because you can make them appeal to anybody depending on what they like. If you have a favorite quote, you can hang it on a wall to enjoy every day. Or you can do something funny to make someone smile. A simple sign can give you motivation, laughter or a spiritual lift.

I love to do signs for events. You can contact me for any event. I can do signs on wood and on all sorts of different media. If you see something on Pinterest or a picture of a sign that you want done, send it to me and I’ll be happy to make it for you.


If you’d like to place an order for a custom sign, it’s helpful to have at least two weeks notice so we have some time for a consultation. But I can usually accommodate rush orders if you’re have a last-minute project. It’s best if you have some sort of image that you’ve seen that you can send me. That way I have a good idea of what you’re looking for. It’s also helpful to know the size you need and where it’s going to be displayed, whether it’s going to be hanging on a wall, a tree or displayed on a stand. Contact us to enquire about a custom order.


Tami Shidawara-Vazquez is a mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley. She considers herself a junker who loves shabby chic and French Cottage design. She also likes farmhouse style, especially for kitchens. She enjoys creating decorations that pull everything together.


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