Cabinet Door Sign- Be Strong and Courageous

I bought a couple of old cabinet doors at the Habitat ReStore a few days months ago. What to do with them? For the first one, I chose a verse from Scripture to create a cabinet door sign. Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous.”  A reminder and encouragement I need daily.


Be Strong Courageous Cabinet Door Sign| Plum Doodles


I filled the holes from the previous cabinet handle, sanded, and brushed on two coats of an oops paint from Lowe’s. This is the same paint I used on the stenciled end table. Which I recently redid- more on that later.


Base coat cabinet door sign| PlumDoodles


Then I sanded the door so that some of the original white shows through.

Next, I used Microsoft Publisher to create the Scripture graphic, then printed it out. For this size door, I had to piece it together on two sheets of paper.


Joshua 1-9 graphic- Be strong and courageous| PlumDoodles


To transfer the graphic, I rubbed a charcoal stick over the back, then taped it in place on the door and traced over the words. This wasn’t an ideal way to transfer, very messy, but it works. You’ll just need to lightly wipe away the excess charcoal. (Gina shared a simple transfer method over at The Graphics Fairy DIY blog– I may try that next time.)

I used white craft paint, two sizes of flat brushes and a round brush to paint the lettering. Using the right size brushes for your project will give you a smoother finished piece.


Cabinet door sign- be strong courageous| PlumDoodles



Cabinet Door Sign- Strong Courageous| PlumDoodles


For now, I propped it on the stack of books on our entry table. I’ll be adding hangers to the back, and it won’t stay in this spot, but I couldn’t wait to show you.

I still love the French graphic bulletin board hanging over the table.


Cabinet Door Sign vignette| PlumDoodles


Did you notice I left the period off at the end of the quote? ~sigh~ We’ll call it a step of courage- punctuation rule breakers, unite! Ok, time to go work on that second cabinet door sign. What shall I put on it? Maybe I’ll get really brave and ignore capitalization- ooooh!






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  1. Love this scripture and this sign. Nice job!


  2. THis is beautiful! So for the white on the face of it (mixed in with the words), was that part of the original sanding? I know how to paint something, but I think it’s an art to ‘mess it up’ so it looks good and looks right. That’s a touch and/or eye I’m not sure I have.

  3. Lovely! What a lovely saying and it turned out beautifully.

  4. What a precious reminder! I love your sign! Thanks for sharing how you made the graphics! This is really a great idea! This is a great sign!

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