Have you jumped on the rustic farmhouse bandwagon? If you have ever watch the show, “Fixer Upper,” then I am sure that you are familiar with this décor. Chip and Joanna Gaines have really made this decorating style popular right now. I really like it, but I also like French Country, and Shabby Chic.
Signs in this rustic style have also become popular. If you do an online search for farmhouse signs, you would see a variety of examples. You can find them just about anywhere from home goods stores, to handmade signs on Etsy.
My oldest daughter wanted a farmhouse sign. She was going to buy one, and showed me a picture of what she was looking for. They can be rather pricey. When I saw the picture, I knew that I could make her one, so I told her that it would be a Christmas gift.
The first thing I did was to find an old board in my husbands scrap pile. I wanted that rustic look, and I knew that we had some boards that had been weathered. It didn’t hurt that it would also be free! I found a board long enough, and straight enough to hang on the wall. I bought my paints, and searched my craft cabinet for my sealer. I had a can of spray on Krylon Clear Varnish from a previous project, so that’s what I used after painting to protect it.
The next step was to find a font that I liked. I told my daughter to send me some pictures of the signs that she liked so I could get an idea for the font and style. The examples were in all caps with the word “FARMHOUSE.” That seemed simple enough, so I looked up free downloadable fonts online. I found one that I thought would work, and created a Word document to make a template. I measured my board, and tried to estimate the height that my letters needed to be. I printed out a few examples, and discovered that I could get two letters on each sheet of paper, so that’s how I made a template. I printed the sheets out, taped them together (checking my spacing), and had my template. Sorry about the quality in the image below, but you get the idea.
I painted my board white, and planned to do the letters in black. The next step was to figure out how to transfer the letters to the board. I went to the craft store, but couldn’t find graphite paper – they were out of stock, so I had to get creative. I decided to trace the back side of my letters with a charcoal pencil. Next, I laid my template on the board the way I wanted it, and then retraced the letters on the front side of the template. This process transferred the charcoal to the board, and left me with a ghost image of my letters.
As you can see above, I began painting in my letters very slowly, and saved the small corners for a fine tip marker or brush. This took a while, but if a mistake is made, you can just paint over that area with white paint, let it dry, and correct it.
Once the paint was dry, I took the board outside and sprayed on two coats of the clear varnish. I let it dry between coats. I then let the sign sit for 24 hours to completely cure. The last step was to attach the hooks to the back. I put one on each top corner, and made sure that it would hold the weight.
I really think it turned out great, and may even make one for myself. It really wasn’t a difficult project, and I already had most of the materials. Best of all, my daughter really loved it. Below is a picture of it over her kitchen window.
These photos are not the best, but you can see the final project, and I think it turned out great!
I hope you have a great week!