Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Sign

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If you love the look of vintage, wooden signs, come see this tutorial to learn how to make your own! In this brand new video tutorial company co-founder, Rosanne will show you how to paint, distress, and stencil a wooden sign!

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Step 1: Sand Your Wood

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For this sign, we used a simple piece of plywood. You can use any piece of wood you like really; it doesn’t have to be fancy! Before you begin painting it, use a piece of course-grit sandpaper to make sure the edges are smooth and there are no splinters. You can use a damp cloth or a dry brush to remove any dust this creates.

Step 2: Glaze or Paint Your Wood

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For this sign, we used Smoky Quartz glaze to “stain” our plywood a dark brown color. You an also use a base coat of paint for this step if you prefer.

Make sure you let this dry for 30-60 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3: Paint Your Sign

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Now it’s time to choose a color for your sign. We chose cheesecake for this piece! Apply one or two thin coats all over your wood.

Step 4: Wet Distress Your Sign

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To achieve a more aged, vintage look, use a damp rag to gently wet distress the paint to reveal the color beneath. For more tips on wet distressing, click here.

Step 5: Apply Your Stencil

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For a small stencil like this, you can just lay your stencil down and hold it in place with your hands. If you’re working with a larger stencil, you may want to consider using a spray adhesive to keep things in place and prevent bleed-through.

Step 6: Dab Paint Onto Your Stencil

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We like using a Country Chic Paint wax brush for this step, but you can also use a foam brush or a dobber. You want a very small amount of paint on your brush, so dip it in the paint and dab off the excess. Lightly dab or swirl your brush all over your stencil. When you’re finished, you can immediately peel your stencil off.

Step 7: Watch This Video

Watch Rosanne in action as she shows you how to make this DIY vintage sign.


JohnatanShShM (author)2017-10-30

Useful instruction, thanks! If you want to create an amazing signs,posters, banners

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