February 9, 2011

A Tutorial: Making a Farmhouse Sign

Good Morning Ladies.

I have a quick and easy post for you today.  Like many of you it seems, I have a sick little people on my hands today so I'll keep this short and sweet.

For those of you wondering how I made this sign . . .

today is your lucky day.

I started out with 1X4's and cut them to size.

After cutting them to the length,  I placed them on the floor, right side down, making sure to line up the edges and eyeballing it to make sure it was straight.

Using scrap wood, I cut three pieces to fit inside the 1X4's to hold it all together.

After applying some construction adhesive and then attaching the wood scraps to the 1X4's with screws it looked like this.

Next I painted it with my favorite color, cottage white.

Traced on the cow and letters.

And started painting.

Once it was all painted I gave it a day to allow the paint to dry. . .

Then I started sanding it all down.  At first I tried using my electric sander thinking it would make things faster but I didn't like the way it was looking.  Instead I finished it up by hand sanding.  I thought it gave me more control.  As you can see I sanded - A LOT!  But that was the look I was going for.

Originally I wanted to add moulding around the edges to give it a more finished look.  But when the time came to actually add it a trip to the store was needed for the correct supplies.  Instead, I choose to fake it by adding a painted edge.

A couple coats of antique glaze finished up the weathered look I was trying to achieve.
To hang it, I installed two eye hooks and strung hanging wire between the two.

That's it!  A super easy sign that I'm in love with.

Until tomorrow,



  1. You know how much I love that sign! I hope your little ones feel better soon!!

  2. Thanks for your tutorial for such a lovely sign. I hope your kids are better soon.
    Anne xx

  3. Hello!
    I just found your blog and am really enjoying it so far!!
    I love this sign and I look forward to trying it myself.
    I was wondering what kind antiquing glaze you like to use?

    Keep up that great work!

  4. Thanks robin, in all my ramblings I was going to ask you this very thing and forgot! Thanks for Sharing and hope the kids get better.

  5. Thank you! Making a rustic sign is on my LONG list, but I will definitely use your tutorial if I ever get around to it.


  6. Great tutorial! I just love your sign!! Hope everyone feels better soon!

  7. Thanks for the tute! Yet, another cute idea! I'd love to make a sign like this for my kitchen. I like the weathered and distressed look. Hope your little ones are feeling better soon! The weekend is almost here! xo ~M

  8. Hi Robin! So sorry to hear that one of your little ones is not feeling well. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I would really like to make a sign for my front porch, but I am struggling with what to put on it. All I can think of is food, and that really isn't appropriate for the space. I will figure it out someday! In the meantime, like the previous commenters, I would also like to know what antiquing glaze you used! Thanks! :) Stay healthy!

  9. Hope the kiddos are feeling better soon. This is another one of your great tutoriala! Makes me want to run out and buy some wood now. Just have to think of what I want to put on the sign.

  10. Oh, I love it too! You could easily sell those beauties.

  11. Hi Robin, thanks for the nice words! You've got me wanting to make a sign and some sweet bead board hearts. I love how bloggers inspire each other!

  12. That was pretty, simple yet catchy. Love the white and black color combo so neat, I want to make one too. Hope angels get better soon.

  13. I love your farm sign! Thanks for sharing how to make it - I want to give it a try. Yours turned out so lovely.

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog :)

  14. Love this! You're amazing is all I can say!


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