Wooden Kitchen Sign

2 Materials
2 Hours

I made a Rustic DIY Wooden Kitchen Sign using a quote that my wife found on Pinterest. Lately I’ve been experimenting with different techniques of making wood look rustic or farmhouse style. For this project I used an old skill saw blade on a drill to make a rough cut appearance on the wood. Then I used stain and white paint for the finish. I love how it turned out.

The method I used to stain and paint the wood could be applied to any furniture project. Leave a comment below if you have your own method of making wood look rustic.

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Tools for this project


• Tape Measure

• Miter Saw

• Sander

• Kreg Jig

• Clamps

• Brush

Material List

• 1x3x8' (x2)

• White Paint

• 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws

• Espresso Stain

• Black Sharpie

• Shop Paper Towels

• Graphite Paper

• 80 Grid Sand Paper

Step-1 Cut the Boards

Take 1x3 boards and cut to provided dimensions in the cut list, or you could use your own dimensions.

Step-2 Sand the Rough Edges

Using random orbital sander, sand the boards using grid 80 sand paper. Also, sand the edges so that they are slightly rounded. Normally 1x3 comes with sharp edges but, I wanted the rounded edges since we’re going for a rustic/farmhouse look.

Step-3 Create a Rough Cut Look

To make the board look like they had a rough cut, I used an old 6 ½” skill saw blade to do the trick. I’m sure there are other fancy ways of doing this, but that’s all I had available at the time. I used a 2” long bolt, nut and a washer to hold the blade in place. Then using a drill on lower RPM I placed the bolt against the board as a guide and moved across the board making the rough cut effect. In certain areas I had to go thru the boards few times until I got the desired look. After that, I ran thru the boards lightly with a sandpaper.

Step-4 Drill Pocket Holes and Attach Together

Flip the boards on the back side and Drill pocket holes using a Kreg Jig. Arrange the boards to the desired look and Clamp them together. Then attach the boards together using 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws.

Step-5 Stain and Paint

I used Espresso Stain for the first layer. For the second layer, dip only the tip of a brush into the white paint. Then dip the brush into the Shop Paper Towels so that it’s reasonably dry. After that, very lightly brush thru the boards. Repeat the process until you get the desired look.

Step-6 Print and Transfer Text to the Board

Print the text on 11x17 paper. After the paint dried, first place the Graphite Paper over the board and then place the printed text over the Graphite Paper. Trace over the text with a pencil, this will transfer the text on to the board.

Step-7 Color in the Text

Now using a Black Oil Based Sharpie, color in the text.

Step-8 Hang on the Wall

On the back side of this kitchen sign, screw in two screws on both sides. I used 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws because they have a flat inside head. Make sure that the screws do not go all the way thru the board. Then run a thin wire from both screws. Hang this DIY Wooden Kitchen Sign on the wall. You’re done!

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Bob
    on Oct 31, 2019

    What does it say??

  • Susane Bittner
    on Oct 31, 2019

    What is graphite paper and where can you get it? Does that graphite paper - trace with pencil - color with sharpie technique work on walls?

    • Trish F
      on Nov 1, 2019

      Graphite paper is also called carbon paper. You should also be able to find it at craft stores or office supply stores. It also comes (or used to) come in colors.

  • Matu
    on Nov 21, 2019

    Very clever, awesome idea well done!!

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