There is just something about a good and distressed sign that makes me smile. It’s one of my favorite parts of this whole farmhouse decor trend that is having a moment (and hopefully will last for a very, very long time).
I have been seeing these rustic, distressed signs all over Pinterest and at various other home decor shops and thought, “Hey, I’m going to give that one a try.” For a first time, I’d say it turned out pretty alright. Even Brett gave it a, “Ya, that’s pretty cool,” which is five starts in my book! 🙂
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- White chalk paint (I used DutchBoy Chalk Paint in Antiqued Lace)
- Charcoal chalk paint (I used DecoArt Chalk Paint in Relic)
- Printer Paper
- Sandpaper (120 and 80 grit)
- Paint brush
- Plastic gloves
- Old t-shirt or rag
- 1×8 pine wood
- Electric sander (I love our Dewalt)
- Hand sander
- Spray paint polyurethane (I used this one)
Step one. Cut the 1×8 to your desired length. I used a board that was laying around and it was just over 51 inches.
Step two. Sand the board’s surface until it’s smooth(ish). I used a power sander and 80 grit sand paper. I didn’t want it too smooth because I wanted to leave a little roughness to get a more rustic look. Wipe the board clean.
Step three. Stain the board. I used a combo color of dark walnut and aged gray.
Step four. After the stain dries, paint the board with the white paint. I didn’t cover the whole board completely and didn’t entirely saturate the brush with paint because I wanted some of the stain to show through.
Step five. Design and print out the letters. I used InDesign to create the prints. The font I used is Oswald Regular (free on Google Fonts) and the size ended up being about 550 pixels with a few letters at -90% horizontal scale. You may have to play around with this a bit and print out the letters to decide if you need to go larger or smaller.
Step six. Cut around the letters with a small white boarder around each letter.
Step seven. Decide where the letter will be placed on the board and use a level to trace a pencil line on the bottom so the letters go in a straight line.
Step eight. Place the letters on the board with even spaces between each letter and tape them down. I put about one half inch between each letter.
Step nine. Using a pen, trace the letters on the board and press hard enough to create an indentation of the letter.
Step ten. Using a small brush, trace the outside of each letter with charcoal paint.
Step eleven. Fill in the letters with paint using a slightly larger brush.
Step twelve. Once everything is dried, grab a small hand sander and lightly sand over the entire sign, going with the grain (I used 120 grit paper).
Step thirteen. Wipe clean and apply a clear topcoat. I used a spray paint polyurethane.
Step fourteen. If you’re planning to hang the sign, attach picture having hooks to the back. I placed ours one in from the top, about five inches from each side.
Step fifteen. Hang your beautiful new farmhouse sign and enjoy!
One final note: We completely understand if you’d rather skip the DIY and head right to finished product. Which is why we started an Etsy shop! It’s a little bare right now, but we’ve got this sign as our first listing – we’re making them as they’re ordered. Check it out here and be sure to visit often because we’ll be adding more items soon!
All our best,