Thrifty DIY Farmhouse-Style Sign

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Creating a rustic farmhouse-style sign is easier than you think, with a little help from the thrift store!
Find all the details and materials used in my full tutorial here!
When I spied this beat up (and, admittedly, a little gross) wooden cutting board at the thrift store, I snapped it up immediately. I have been wanting to create a primitive little sign for our kitchen. Besides, it was only $0.60- can't beat that price, right?
Old cutting boards are PERFECT for making DIY signs, which are so hot and trendy right now. First, I removed a layer or two of its previous life before giving it a rich stain that would look rustic, weathered and wonderfully farmhouse-y.
I love how the board looks now- those knife scars give it a really weathered look! Next, I used an awesome vinyl stencil to transform the cutting board into a sign for our kitchen. ( Check out my full tutorial for all the DIY details and secret tricks! )
After ensuring it would hang securely, I added a couple of hooks for our coffee cups! How cute is that? It's warm and cozy, and just looks perfect in our kitchen. Pumpkin spice latte, anyone?

Suggested materials:

  • Cutting Board  (thrift store)
  • Stain  (Home improvement store)

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Jeanne
    on Sep 10, 2016

    What keeps your vinyl letters from peeling off the wood? Did you seal it with a varnish?

    • Carol Harris
      on Jul 2, 2019

      what kind of brush did you use to paint the stencil, and how did you apply the paint? I've not had much luck with stenciling. thank you

  • Sue Knutson
    on Sep 10, 2016

    Do you have any ideas for those old knife blocks in your picture? I have several but no ideas on how to repurpose them...

    • Alm9763515
      on Oct 8, 2016

      Use them as cookbook, or any book stand. Glue or screw a piece of wood over the very bottom row of knife slots. It should protrude out about an inch to prevent the book from sliding off.

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  • Jeanie
    on Aug 10, 2017

    This is so neat. I'll look for a board at the good-will store, and try making one.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
  • Diane McGee Raezer
    on Jan 8, 2019

    I Made one also , I Love it , The cutting board was a gift from my best friend many years ago, She pasted away , And I wanted to make something from it that reminded me of her. I Painted mine , And it turned out perfect.


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