Make your own Typography Table | Full Tutorial

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Ola! How are you today 🙂 I’m great. Why? Because I’m getting something off of my chest. Remember at Christmas when I Instagrammed that I got my heart’s true desire in the form of a Silhouette Cameo? Then remember months later, how I lamented that I was so scared of my new machine that I couldn’t, wouldn’t, didn’t even open the box?Well, I’m happy to say that after exactly five months of humming and hawing and being super fearful, I finally whipped out my Silhouette for this next project. I leaned how to make your own Typography Table!!

Today I’m going to show you Our New Typography Table using my Silhouette Cameo.

This is how my table started. It cost me $3 at a yard sale!
DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

But it was in ROUGH shape. The top was all mottled and gouged and there was even a giant piece missing from the edge on one side. But it was only $3 and I KNEW I had everything on hand to turn it into a one-of-a-kind piece. So I really had nothing to lose … okay a loonie and a twoonie. Big whoop. 🙂

DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make a Typography table of your very own!

First things first, it got a good sand with our palm sander to take off the finish and remove some of the scratches. I was going for the overall distressed look, so I wasn’t overly concerned with the finish.

Then to my Silhouette to create my typography 🙂 My table top measured about 18″ by 44″. If you use a Silhouette Cameo, you’ll know that anything you cut needs to have at least one dimension that’s 13″ or less. So, my work around? I designed my typography width-wise into four separate files measuring 18″x 11″ – and I cut my vinyl into four strips measuring 18″x12″ just so I had some leeway.

I typed out my words in my Silhouette software.  I used the same Arial font but stretched it, modified it, and bolded it differently for each location name. Basically just trial and error until I knew I had something I sort of liked. I stayed away from anything with a serif, though, because I wanted my typography to look like subway art – which is traditionally sans serif.

DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

I’m not going to pretend to be a Silhouette expert, but basically I initiated the cut files and weeded out my vinyl pieces to leave my lettering behind. (Speaking of Silhouette experts, my pal Erica over at Dwell Beautiful is a bona fide Silhouette expert. You should see all the magic she creates!)

Then I used Glad Press and Seal as transfer paper because I actually didn’t have enough of the Silhouette transfer paper.

DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

All you do is stick the sticky side of the Press and Seal onto the weeded vinyl and use the little spatula to really smoosh it down. Then, flip it over, pull the back off your contact paper and the letters will be stuck (in reverse) on your Press and Seal.

DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

Then flip the Press and Seal onto your table (or art or whatever) and use the spatula again to stick the letters to your medium. Then peel up your Press and Seal and your letters will be stuck down in the right order.

DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can do the same thing by printing block letters onto sticker paper and then cutting them out carefully with an exacto knife. It’s time consuming, but should achieve similar results.

Then I sealed it all with a few coats of clear wax. That piece of hardware got a couple of light coats of paint using Krylon spray paint in basic black.DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

I think I might be in love with this table now. It looks great as a coffee table and will work perfectly as a window seat in our living room. DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

Speaking of coffee table – that’s a stack of some of my newly acquired design books. I feel like the combination of all of these titles embodies my style entirely. Funny how that happens 🙂

DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo
Our $3 DIY Typography Table!

So what do you think? Silhouette Cameo yay? I think so. Though, my next project will probably something a little less complex – maybe some art for the kitchen. DIY Typography Table with a Silhouette Cameo

Have you ever created typography or subway artwork before? What about using vinyl on furniture? Or what about mixing your own plaster paint? (So many questions!)

Chat soon!

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4 thoughts on “Make your own Typography Table | Full Tutorial

  1. This turned out SO GREAT! I’m so glad you decided to go with the natural top and the white bottom – it just pops so beautifully 🙂 And thanks for the shoutout! You are too sweet 🙂 I’m always here for any and all Silhouette questions! 😉

  2. I really love your new table! It was so beat up and wow, what a great price for it!! Beautiful work. I’ve pinned this and hope to do something similar.

  3. Super jealous here that you got a silhouette! I need one in my life so bad, for now I am stuck hand painting everything. I love the subway art idea, I have done a similar thing on a dresser but handpainted. Your tutorial is WAY easier and it looks amazing!

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