As I write this, we are in the middle of our third Nor’easter storm (in 10 days) here in New England. And it’s depressing. The snow is pretty. And a snow day is fun for the kids but not for me. Not in March when I’m ready for spring to be here.
But I’m trying to be optimistic so I painted some new wood signs just in time for spring and Easter. I
think know they’re coming. You can buy them in my Etsy shop or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own. I’ve included the steps below on how I make them. Each sign is hand painted and distressed so each one is truly handmade and unique.
I love these wood signs because they’re so versatile. Hang them on a wall, lean them on a shelf, or slip them into a basket and create a springtime arrangement. They also make great gifts. Here’s the DIY instructions to make your own distressed signs:
- Cut a piece of wood – I use common board – to the size you’d like your sign to be.
- Paint the front and edges your piece of wood with 2 coats of your base color paint. I use any acrylic paints.
- I like to add additional colors to my signs to make the wood appear more aged. I add a few random strokes of additional paint colors then let the paint dry fully.
- Next, I use my electric sander and sand some of the paint down along with the edges of the wood to be more rounded and worn.
- After I sanded my piece to how I like it, I’m ready to add the type.
- Using my computer, I select a phrase or word I want to use. I print out the type to the size and font style I like.
- Then I trace the outline of the letters onto the BACK of the printout. I find taping the paper to a window backwards makes the tracing much easier.
- Once all the letters are outlined in pencil, I turn the paper over and place it where I want it to go on my painted sign. Be sure it’s right-reading.
- Using a pencil, I rub the letters to transfer the pencil lines from the back of the paper onto the wood.
- There should be faint pencil lines now on the sign and I paint them in my desired color. Be sure to use a thin brush to get the edges.
- After the letters are dry, I lightly sand them to add to the distressed look.
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And if you want to purchase any of these wood signs, click here to go to my Etsy shop.
Do you like distressed wood signs? I love creating these signs and each one is slightly different. They add such a unique touch to our homes. I know spring is coming and Easter is not far away either. I’m praying for lots of sun in the next few days so this white stuff will melt. fast.