Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
Farmhouse signs are such a fun addition to home decor. If you want to make one, this is a super easy process! It is the printer paper technique and a great way to make a custom sign for you home. Follow along to see how to make a farmhouse sign on a budget.
Check out my 60 second DIY Farmhouse Sign tutorial here and then follow along for all the details! Or watch the Youtube video at the end of this post.
I chose not to sand down my piece of wood because I wanted it rustic. Feel free to sand your edges before staining if you would like them softer. Grab your stain, darker is better. It will show through the chippy paint areas. I added Weathered Oak first, let dry, then added Provincial around the edges for some darker spots. This isn’t necessary.
P.S. Forgive my grainy photos! I only video taped this DIY and had to take stills from the movie!
The chippy paint technique is simple as well. I have a detailed blog post here on how to achieve the distressed look using wax as well.
Take your vaseline and rub it lightly onto the edges and corners of your board. Miss some spots on purpose. Then add some in sporadic spots on your board. The more you use the more of the stain will show through for your outcome.
Add a layer of white paint (or any color your prefer) to your board. It doesn’t have to be super covered well, just “good enough.” I use Behr Paint and Primer – I love it for the chippy look! Let fully dry while you work on the next step.
This part is a little tricky if you do not know how to print a mirror image. Depending on the computer you have, it can be different for each. Here is a link to teach you:
Type out your word and mess with the fonts. I really like Bordeaux Roman Bold LET for my signs. You can fit about 3 letters per sheet if you use the 800 size. If you don’t have that font you can download it here.
Make sure you fiddle with it on your board to make sure it fits before the next step, which is cutting the letters. You will cut as close to the edge as possible, keeping letters connected if you can. This helps the placement go on smoother.
You will dip your brush into the Modge Podge and gentle wipe ON THE INK SIDE of the first set of letters you are going to lay down. Be careful so you don’t rip your letters.
You have to take special care when laying them down because they are sticky. You will only have a few seconds to move them around if you need before the glue thickens up. I had a measuring tape to make sure the top and bottom spacing were the same.
Also make sure to get glue over the entire letter. Every bit of ink must have glue on it to adhere well to the board.
You will press the letters fully onto the board to make sure no bubbles are left behind. Let dry completely according to directions before moving on to the next step.
Here is the fun part! Grab a rag and get it pretty wet. Not dripping, but still really moist. Gently press it onto all of your letters, one at a time. This will start the moisture process and help with removal.
Once that is done, head back to the first letter. You will gently and slowly rub the letter to remove the paper. This will leave the ink on the board. If you rub too much the ink will come off too. If you do rub some ink off, just press it back in place. It will dry fine.
It’s ok to have some ink rubbed off if you are going for a really rustic look like I was. This process takes time, but is worth it. It’s going to look amazing!
I like to use my frosting knife because it is round but not sharp. You can use any like tool for this. You will take the edge and start LIGHTLY scratching areas of your wood. The edges and around letters are especially good spots. You can also scrape off any extra paper you may have left that needs to be removed. The more you scrape, the more chippy your board will be! This is a great way to get the farmhouse sign look on a budget.
I added metal brackets to my edges for a more complete look. Watch this video to see that process. Spray paint the color you want and drill them on.
Your all done! Such a fun sign for a great price point. I hope this tutorial on creating a farmhouse sign on a budget gives you some inspiration for your home. Let us know how yours turns out!