DIY Rustic Wood Sign | Farmhouse Style

9 Materials
3 Hours

Simple steps to creating a beautiful and versatile, farmhouse-style, sign.
For this project I went to Home Depot and chose a 6 foot x 9 inch piece of knotty pine. They cut it down to 2 feet (free of charge) for a final size at 2 feet x 9 inches.

I used 80 grit sand paper to smooth down any rough spots and wiped it down with a microfibre rag.

Wearing protective gloves - I wiped on Varathane wood conditioner using a lint free rag (old cut up t-shirt).
I wiped off any excess conditioner and let the board sit for 30 minutes. This allows the wood to absorb more stain and have an even colour.
Wearing protective gloves - I used a wood stain in the colour "Espresso" and wiped it on using a lint free rag.
I applied 2 coats - allowing it to dry in between. I wiped off any excess stain and let the board sit for 24 hours.
I made a stencil by printing off the quote I wanted in the font style and size I liked.
Taking white chalk I covered the back of my stencil completely.
I used painters tape to secure my stencil exactly where I wanted my quote to transfer. Using a stylus I traced each letter. This is time consuming but effective!
After tracing each letter you should have something like this when you lift the stencil.
I used Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in "Wedding Cake" and painted in each letter using a fine tip paint brush. Again, this is time consuming! Put on your favourite show and make some tea :)
You could stop here and apply a finishing wax - but, I was going for a more "rustic" look...
I used the same 80 grit sandpaper and sanded over the letters until I had my desired look. Using a damp rag I wiped off any residual dust.
Using Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Wax, I protected my project by wiping on a thin layer of the wax using a lint free rag. I wiped off the excess wax and my project was complete!
I was so pleased with the final result. This project was time consuming but the process is effective in creating a beautiful and professional looking piece of decor. Some materials used are pricey - BUT, will last for multiple projects - affordable if planning on making more than one piece.

Suggested materials:

  • Knotty Pine 2 1/2 feet x 9 inches  (Home Depot)
  • Varathane Wood Conditioner  (Rona)
  • MINWAX Wood Stain in "Espresso"  (Rona)
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1 question
  • Christine Brough
    on Jul 11, 2017

    Did you print up the quote on the computer to make the stencil?? Not sure about this part.
    • Jill's Creative Lifestyle
      on Jul 11, 2017

      Christine, yes! I found it is an affordable way to do it. I use an editing website called Picmonkey - they have a beautiful selection of fonts. I pay 4.99 a month and it allows me access to every font and feature they have. They have the free version as well which is wonderful. Something I also do is use Microsoft Word. I hope this helps. Thank you for your question! P.S. As for photos - I use google to look up silhouettes and other images I want to transfer to a sign.

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  • Belinda Horsley
    on Jul 4, 2018

    I am truly blessed by this DIY...your Life’s Journey was displayed throughout the entire piece and perfect place for me to start in learning how I can achieve my goal in our life in starting over that Starting over after the August 2016 Flooding Ordeal

    • Alicia Darlene Hamilton
      on Apr 13, 2019

      I just want to encourage you here. I lost my home and then a 20 year marriage after Hurricane Andrew (S. Fla. in 1992.) Speaking from my experience, it will get better. With God's help you can do this. 💕🙏

    on Feb 14, 2019

     Definitely going to do this!

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