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DIY Rustic Farmers Market Sign

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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DIY Rustic Farmers Market Sign

The Supplies

  • White chalk paint (I used DutchBoy Chalk Paint in Antiqued Lace)
  • Charcoal chalk paint (I used DecoArt Chalk Paint in Relic)
  • Printer Paper
  • Printer
  • 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)

The Process

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step nine. Using a pen, trace the letters on the board and press hard enough to create an indentation of the letter.

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Step ten. Using a small brush, trace the outside of each letter with charcoal paint.

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Step eleven. Fill in the letters with paint using a slightly larger brush.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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All our best,

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15 Comments

  1. Sabrina

    November 14, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Aw I love your sign Kelly, it looks so amazing and the steps are all so simple! I will have to try one out myself!

    1. Kelly

      November 14, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you, Sabrina! Yes, you’ll definitely have to try it out and let me know how it goes!!

  2. Sarah

    November 18, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Love the sign Kelly!!! And so fun that you started an Etsy shop!! I’m sure this sign will be a big seller!

    1. Kelly

      November 19, 2016 at 6:27 am

      Oh thank you, Sarah! I hope so 😊

  3. Zan Turner

    November 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I think it turned out great for a first time. Could definitely pass for a store bought!! Congrats on the new shop!!

    1. Kelly

      November 21, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Oh thank you so much! I feel like the shop was a little inpulsive, but that’s the fun part, right?!

  4. Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    November 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Another wonderful sign! It looks great and will definitely go on my to-do list as well!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Linda Wittman

    November 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    You guys have so much patience. Everything has turned out great. Can’t wait to see it all together.
    I am a little torn…Cardinals or Vikings???!!! Love you guys

    1. Kelly

      November 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Thank you Grandma Linda! I’m glad it loos like we have patience… some days are a little touch-and-go 😊 and Vikings, of course!!!

  6. Lora

    November 21, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I still have not made one of these signs… and I have no idea why, because I love them! Pinned!

    1. Kelly

      November 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

      You definitely need to do it! I’m sure yours is going to turn out lovely!!

  7. Colette @ restyle it wright

    November 21, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Looks great Kelly! Totally embodies the farm house style! Congrats on the Etsy store! Good luck!!!

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