DIY No Soliciting Sign – For Reals

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Today we had a solicitor come to the door. We don’t get them too terribly often. Once, maybe twice a month.¬†That’s still too often for me.

I never answer the door, because they are never worth my time unless they are cute little girls who sell thin mints. :)

Today’s solicitor was too eager and obnoxious.

The first¬†(yes, I said first) time she came, she woke Pete up around 1pm. Pete works 3rd shift from home, 11pm-7am, and if work goes late, he sometimes doesn’t get to bed until 9am.

Not only did she ring the doorbell, but she waited a solid 20 seconds before she proceeded to pound on the door.

Strike one.

Early evening around 5pm she comes back. The doorbell rings, and then the pounding. I had just gotten done with my workout and wasn’t going to open the door all sweaty.

Strike two.

The same person, twice in one day. That’s a new one for me. I’ve never had a double hitter like that. You only get two strikes in my house.

About 3 years ago after the first time I was sick of dealing with our new neighborhood influx of solicitors… nearly 3 a week, I bought a vinyl sticker and had serious intentions of sticking it on a plaque of some sort. Well I couldn’t find a plaque the right size to save my life. And I didn’t want to stick it directly to the door because I wanted to be able to bring it with when we move. So it got shoved in a drawer and forgotten. I bought the vinyl sticker on Etsy about 3 years ago. I just looked and it doesn’t seem to be sold on there anymore, and I was unable to locate the store either. Sad. So sorry I’m not able to give you a link!

I dug that sucker out around midnight (yawn), and slapped her onto a piece of wood in haste with frustration fueling my rage.

Okay, so not so much, but slightly.

It was midnight.

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You can kind of make out the cut out letters. No Soliciting. For reals.

I’d also like one that says, No Soliciting. I’m Serial. (You know.. like “serious”)

Or not.

Anyways, I had leftover wood from my privacy wall, so I cut my board down to size, and got out my paint. A sample of a color from a while back, and Martha Stewarts Metallic Paint from Home Depot. It has awesome coverage.

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First a coat of gray to prime it.
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Then the metallic..
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After the paint dries, I grabbed a spoon and got busy.

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I pressed it on there as best as I could, and then peeled off the areas I didn’t want.

After I stuck the letters on….
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I was able to save the pieces I didn’t need, so I can use it on another plaque, possibly the one I have been searching for, and not this out-of-desperation plaque. :)

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I stuck it back on the sheet it came off of, and used my blue painters tape to tape it down so the little pieces wouldn’t get lost.

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It’s all ready for another time!

I then got out the mod podge and sealed it.
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I let it dry, and stuck a few command strips on the back, and wham bam, straight to the door!
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I’m curious to see if solicitors will respect this sign. Of course around Girl Scout cookie time, I will hang an exception sign just for them. :)

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Oh by the way, I have a new door color! This last photo most accurately depicts the current hue. Stay tuned for a post about that, and the painting of the porch ceiling!

Here is a shot during the day.
IMG_4355[2]2 If you don’t have time to order a sticker, you could totally print off what you want your sign to say on a home office printer, or have Office Max do it. Then do a print transfer to wood, as shown in some tutorials from Pinterest. Check out this Pinterest board for more ideas.

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