DIY – Antique Sign

For years, literally, I have been on the hunt for a fun, weathered, antique type of sign. I have seen a few that I really liked but was unwilling to release that kind of dollar amount from my wallet.

So what’s a girl to do? Make one, of course! While it’s not exactly ‘authentic’……it is authentically mine.

I started with a remnant piece of wood that I found hiding in our storage room, leaning against the wall behind the hot water heater……no joke. We have been here 5 years and it had to have belonged to the former owners. It looked like an old shelf of some sort because the outer edge of the wood is rounded. It is probably delighted to be out of the storage room/workshop.
This is where it began……


I barely wiped it down folks, I was wanting results fast. I dry brushed on some grey paint and a bit of duck egg blue, very randomly.




I sanded it a bit and slapped on some stain……totally not going for neat….and then wiped off the stain. After that dried overnight, I got on the computer and decided on a font. I went with ‘Bookman Old Style’ and sized the font to 500 (so it printed one letter per page).


While this may sound silly, I was gripping with ‘what’ I would print on my sign. I looked at tons of different french quotes, sayings, various Pinterest ideas…..nothing really spoke to me. I kept thinking I wanted it simple, and simple it is. Initially, I thought about ‘Farmers Market’. While I am a veggie FREAK…….if given a choice to go to a farmers market or an antique market, I choose the antique market ALL DAY LONG! (Assuming that I have a macked out container of coffee with me).

I cut out around each letter and positioned them on the board with a little tape. Once I had everything lined up as I wanted, I used a pencil (applying a lot of pressure…….like, hurt my fingers kind of pressure) to trace along the outer edge of each letter. This created a faint outline for me, and my black sharpie, on the board.



I used the sharpie to trace along the faint lines that I had created and then some black craft paint and a couple of little paint brushes to fill in each letter.


When all was painted, I let it dry overnight. Today, it still seemed a bit to bold for my liking….


I decided to sand a bit more, this time going over the letters with a sanding block, wiped that down and mixed up a white wash. A big dollup of white paint and water. Heavy on the water… looked thinner than milk. So I brushed that on to dumb it down a bit and immediately wiped it off with a paper towel. The coolest thing began to happen……a bit more of the black paint on the letters sort of rubbed off in these totally random areas. And I liked it. I used a little java glaze (dry brushing & and wiping with paper towels) to finish it off. And I think that’s where I shall leave it. I thought about outlining some of the letters with a gold pen, but I’m not sure.



Now, where to hang it? Initially, I wanted it in our library. But now I’m not so sure. Meanwhile, I keep carrying it around the house from the tv room, to the foyer, to the library……almost like I’m trying to calm a baby. My goodness. I’ll post a reveal when it finds a place on one of these walls.


2 thoughts on “DIY – Antique Sign

  1. This came out great! I especially liked how you wrote that while the sign may not be authentic, it is “authentically mine”. This is how I feel about all of my DIY projects and why I like making things so much!

    • Thanks so much! It was a quick ‘throw together’ type of DIY. And often times, those are the most rewarding projects. Biggest bonus in this……..all FREE! Thanks for following too.

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