When it comes to home decor decisions, once I pick, I generally stick. Sure, I swap out little things, accessories and a few seasonal pieces from time to time, but for the most part, I tend to stand by my choices for the long haul. Well, last week, I finally made a change in the kitchen. I whipped up a brand new wooden farmhouse sign.
And let's just say, it was about time.
A little more than a decade ago, we added a larger kitchen to our sweet cottage. We painted the wall red and I made that "Country Cottage" sign that you see above the plate rack. Last year, I started to think about a new sign, but wasn't quite sure what I wanted.
Then I read this post from my very creative friend, Kris at Junk Chic Cottage and I fell in love with a sign she had seen at a local shop. That was it. I knew what I wanted to make and I got right to it. A few people have asked about it, so today, I am sharing the super easy tutorial.
All I needed was a board, some paint and a few wooden letters.
Now, being a waste not, want not kind of gal, I decided to use the back of my existing sign to create it. It was the perfect size, I wouldn't have to store the old one or spend money for a new board. I just turned it over, removed the hangers and mapped out my letters for spacing.
Of course, if you don't have a board, the big box hardware stores will cut one to your desired length for free.
I love that.
Next step ~ paint.
I am lazy and I like the rustic look, so I I did not prime the wood. I just squirted the paint directly on the board and then used a foam brush to spread it.
I started with white paint and then I diluted a little brown paint with water and gently spread that over the white to distress and "age" the wood a little bit.
I painted the letters brown. It was a very messy job, because I held them as I painted them to get full coverage...but that's ok. I can deal with a little paint on my hands if it means the job is done right.
When the letters were dry, I spaced them out on the board, using a ruler to center them, and hot glued them in place.
I flipped the board over, added the hangers and and hung it back up again. It seriously took me less than a half an hour to complete and with a coupon from the craft store, the letters were less than $15.
Not bad for a custom made, five foot wooden sign.
So cheap I could make a new one for every season.
But I won't.
This one's going to stick.
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