DIY Wooden Farmhouse Sign

Hey friends! Today I’m sharing with you a super easy project that even the crafty challenged can complete! We all see those gorgeous farmhouse signs all over Pinterest, but they cost an arm and a leg. I’ve got a quick tutorial for you so you can make your own DIY wooden farmhouse sign!

Supplies

To start things off, take a trip to your local craft store. For me, that’s Hobby Lobby. I’m usually not allowed in there unsupervised 🙂 Just browse around until you find a few things that speak to you! I picked up these sweet scalloped edge wooden signs. The unfinished wood is perfect for the farmhouse feel.

For paint, this little beauty steals the show. I used a basic white acrylic that I already had at home, and I picked up this beautiful blue chalk paint. Chalk paint is the key to getting that true farmhouse feel. It dries completely matte and is a bit easier to distress than your typical acrylic.

Next choose some pretty embellishments. I went into the scrapbooking aisle and found these gorgeous fabric flowers. Less is more when it comes to a farmhouse style, so you don’t want to pick anything too crazy and distracting.

And that’s it! Pretty simple supply list, and you can easily find everything for under $15.

The Process

Now for the fun part! Take your wooden piece and give it a quick white wash with your acrylic paint. I used a sponge tip brush and only applied one coat to the surface. Since we’re putting the chalk paint on top, this coat doesn’t have to be perfect! Make sure you cover the edges evenly so the piece will look good from every angle.

Once the white coat is completely dry, it’s time to have some fun with the chalk paint. For this step, I used a wide and coarse bristled brush. Typically when you’re painting you want to use even strokes to minimize brush lines, but that is not the case with this project. I applied the paint in smaller amounts at a time, and let the coarse bristles of the brush do the work for me. You want to be able to see the white paint through your brush strokes. If you find that the paint is applying too heavily, keep a wet paper towel close by, and wipe down the paint as you go to give it the distressed look. Once you’re pleased with paint, it’s time to move on to the creative part!

The Stenciling

This next step is where things get fun, and you can get creative! Search around for a sweet quote, word or whatever you would like for your sign to say. I created these signs as mother’s day gifts for my mom and mother-in-law, so I decided to cover the majority of the sign with their name, and then a simple quote underneath that reads “(noun): one who spoils; gives lots of kisses.”

Once you have your quote picked up, you can choose how to stencil them onto the wood. You can pick up some letter stencils in your craft store and easily piece together your phrase or word, or you can make a stencil yourself, or you can even freehand it! The point is to paint your quote on, however you decide to do it. Instead of applying a perfect vinyl cutout or overlay, the slight flaws and blurry lines from stenciling give that perfect rustic touch to the farmhouse feel.

I myself have a Cricut Explore (I highly recommend it) so I decided to create my own stencil through their design space. I chose a font that had a typewriter feel to it, to help the text look more authentic to the farmhouse style. I cut the phrase out on thick cardstock so the paint wouldn’t bleed through, and started painting! To paint the letters on I used a dense sponge brush to make sure the paint was as evenly distributed as possible.

I used the same acrylic white paint that I white washed the pieces with. It took about two coats for me to get the paint as opaque as I wanted it. Make sure you let the paint fully dry before removing the stencil, or you may have a mess to clean up!

Here’s a close up of the text on the wood. I love how the style of the font is still clear, yet the imperfections from the paint and stencil make it look worn and rugged. I’m usually such a stickler for my projects looking perfect, so this was really refreshing! It was nice to not have to worry about every little detail of the stencil, and the end result is beautiful and rustic!

 

The Final Product

Here are the two finished farmhouse signs! Once all of your paint from the stencil is completely dry, you can add whatever embellishments you want – or leave it be! There is so much beauty in a simple farmhouse style, so you can totally just paint your piece and call it a day!

I however chose to add a few embellishments for a little more flair. I glued on the beautiful fabric flowers with some basic all purpose glue to each of the corners. For a finishing touch, I added some white mini clothespins so each Grandma can clip their favorite photos of their grandbabies to display. Because let’s be real, there aren’t many grandparents who don’t enjoy showing off their grandkids.

And that’s it! Wasn’t that a simple project? These simple farmhouse signs are kind of like the perfect pair of jeans. You can easily dress them up with a few simple embellishments, or you can leave them simple and let them speak for themselves. They are fully customizable, the possibilities are truly endless! I hope you found this inspiring and helpful, happy crafting friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hearth and Hand by Magnolia Style Guide

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, you’ve probably heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Like the rest of America, my husband and I love sitting down on Tuesday nights to relax and watch their hit TV show, Fixer Upper. They released their own home decor line in what I like to call the motherland (Target) called Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. Basically everything on my Christmas list came from this collection.

Before we get into the pieces I love, let’s take a moment to appreciate the simplicity of this line! When it comes to decorating, I’m definitely a less is more type of person. I love simple lines, designs, prints and accents – and that is exactly what this line encapsulates. Joanna did an incredible job putting everything in this line together, and genuinely made it idiot proof! You can pick and choose between all the pieces and not worry about them matching your own decor or each other.

So without further adieu, here are my favorite pieces!

Dinnerware

I have always wanted to have a beautifully set table ready for my guests when they walk into the dining room, and this line has fulfilled just that.

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It starts with the galvanized charger with gold welding. While these are a little more rustic than my usual taste, the plates and linens I chose help to balance them out. On top of the chargers are the cream dinner plates. They have a smooth glossy finish, but still have that beautiful handmade feel. If you look closely you can see tiny dips, grains and imperfections in every plate. No two plates are alike, and their unfinished edges set them apart. On top of the dinner plates I chose the black salad plate. They are probably my favorite of the whole set! They have a matte finish opposed to the gloss of the cream plates, and the contrast of the two is just stunning. The simple contrast of the matte black against the shine of the creamy white is such a powerful style statement that I just love!

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Linens

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For the linens, I chose not to incorporate a table runner. Instead I picked out the X pattern napkins. Once again, the neutral tones of the napkins would match absolutely anything from the line, but sitting on top of the black salad plate just makes them pop! For now I’m keeping them folded and held together in the galvanized napkin ring, tying in perfectly with the chargers.

Living Room Decor

For the living room, I chose to keep things pretty simple as well (are you seeing a pattern here 🙂 )

DSC_0948On our coffee table, I have the black stoneware pitcher on top of another galvanized charger. Side note, the pitcher was the first thing in the collection that I saw, and I told my husband that if it wasn’t a gift I was going to buy it for myself 🙂 Anyways! I love how the pitcher plays up the dark metal we have on our coffee table as well as our bookshelves.

On the couch are the lumbar pillow and throw.

To my knowledge, they are actually no longer available after the release of their new spring line. I feel bad taunting you with little pretties that are out of reach, but I have to share them, right?

Speaking of their new spring line, there are a few new items on my wish list! I’ll be sure to share those items with you if they join the family 🙂