Farmhouse signs are so popular right now that just about every home decor section you go to is filled with them. And yet, I’ve always struggled to find one that’s exactly the right size, style, and phrase for whatever space I’m decorating. When we decided we wanted one in our recent dining room makeover, rather than searching high and low for the perfect sign, we turned to our creative skills and decided to build one ourselves. In today’s post, I’m giving you step-by-step instructions for building a DIY Farmhouse Sign so next time you want one for your space, you can fully customize it just like we did!
I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you guys today! Our DIY farmhouse sign was a really neat project – in this post I went into detail about how I hired my Starbucks barista to paint it for us. 🙂 I looked for a sign like this when I was designing our dining room, and I wasn’t ever able to find one this large. Plus, finding one that size, in those colors, with the phrase “Stay Awhile” on it was pretty much impossible.
My favorite part about building things ourselves is the ability to customize. If you’re looking for the perfect sign and having a hard time finding it, give this tutorial a shot! It’s rather simple, and they turn out beautiful.
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DIY Farmhouse Sign Tutorial
- Compound Miter Chop Saw
- Table Saw
- Wood Glue
- Nail Gun and Nails
- Paint Roller with 1/4″ Nap Pad
- Finishing Nails
- Crafting Paint Brush
STEP 1: BUILD AND STAIN THE FRAME
Begin by cutting the sides of your frame out of your 1×2 board using mitered (45 degree) ends. We chose to make our sign 2’x3′ so we cut two boards at 24″ and two boards at 36″.
Next, run the short side of your frame boards through a table saw set at 1/2″ deep and 1/4″ in. Break away the 1/2″ by 1/4″ piece and clean up the edge with a chisel. This is the notch that your back piece will sit in when it’s assembled.
Apply wood glue to the seams, clamp, and then nail together using a nail gun. Let this dry in the clamps for about 24 hours.
Then, stain the entire frame.
STEP 2: CUT AND PAINT THE BACK
Using your 1/4″ underlayment plywood, measure the notched area inside the back of your frame and cut a board to fit.
Paint the front of this board white with your foam roller and allow to dry for 24 hours.
Once dry, place the board inside the notched frame and nail in place using small finishing nails.
STEP 3: PAINT ON THE PHRASE
Like I mentioned, we recruited someone to paint the calligraphy part of ours, but you can use many different methods to get this done. You could paint it free hand (like our girl did), use a stencil, apply vinyl letters, or even use the pencil indentation method I described in this post.
Either way, the final step is to add a fun phrase of your choice to the sign.
In order to hang the sign, we drilled a small hole in back on the top frame so a nail could sit inside the hole and hold it up.
See, wasn’t that so easy?? I hope you’re able to use these simple steps to create the perfect DIY farmhouse sign for your home. Also, if you’re not the DIY type, but you’d still like a custom built sign, let me know! We’re willing to take orders and build these for you. 🙂 Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
As always, let me know if you have any questions.
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