Wooden Kitchen Sign




Introduction: Wooden Kitchen Sign

About: I love to build DIY wood projects.

I made a Rustic DIY Wooden Kitchen Sign using a quote that my wife found on Pinterest. I love how it turned out and it was really easy to make.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different wood stain and paint techniques to get a rustic or farmhouse look. There are many different ways to achieve that, but I’ll share with you one of my favorite ways so far. I’ve also used an old skill saw blade to make a rough cut appearance on the wood. The method I used to stain and paint the wood could be applied to any furniture project. I built a shoe rack bench and mirror frame using the same technique. Leave a comment below if you have your own method of making wood look rustic.

To download printable PDF please visit my website TheDIYPlan


• 1x3x8' (x2)

• White Paint

1 1/4" Pocket hole screws

Espresso Stain

Black Sharpie

Shop Paper Towels

Graphite Paper

80 Grid Sand Paper

Tools for this project


Tape Measure

Miter Saw


Kreg Jig


• Brush

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Step 1: Cut the Boards

Take 1x3 boards and cut to provided dimensions in the cut list, or you could use your own dimensions.

Step 2: Sand the Rough Edges

Using random orbital sander, sand the boards using grid 80 sand paper. Also, sand the edges so that they are slightly rounded. Normally 1x3 comes with sharp edges but, I wanted the rounded edges since we’re going for a rustic/farmhouse look.

Step 3: Create a Rough Cut Look

To make the board look like they had a rough cut, I used an old 6 ½” skill saw blade to do the trick. I’m sure there are other fancy ways of doing this, but that’s all I had available at the time. I used a 2” long bolt, nut and a washer to hold the blade in place. Then using a drill on lower RPM I placed the bolt against the board as a guide and moved across the board making the rough cut effect. In certain areas I had to go thru the boards few times until I got the desired look. After that, I ran thru the boards lightly with a sandpaper.

Step 4: Drill Pocket Holes and Attach Together

Flip the boards on the back side and Drillpocket holes using a Kreg Jig. Arrange the boards to the desired look and Clamp them together. Then attach the boards together using 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws.

Step 5: Stain and Paint

I used Espresso Stain for the first layer. For the second layer, dip only the tip of a brush into the white paint. Then dip the brush into the Shop Paper Towels so that it’s reasonably dry. After that, very lightly brush thru the boards. Repeat the process until you get the desired look.

Step 6: Print and Transfer Text to the Board

Print the text on 11x17 paper. After the paint dried, first place the Graphite Paper over the board and then place the printed text over the Graphite Paper. Trace over the text with a pencil, this will transfer the text on to the board.

Step 7: Color in the Text

Now using a Black Oil Based Sharpie, color in the text.

Step 8: Hang on the Wall

On the back side of this kitchen sign, screw in two screws on both sides. I used 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws because they have a flat inside head. Make sure that the screws do not go all the way thru the board. Then run a thin wire from both screws. Hang this DIY Wooden Kitchen Sign on the wall. You’re done!

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    7 Discussions


    6 weeks ago

    do you have the stencil for the lettering or do we have to make our own?


    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Please visit my website to download the PDF that has the lettering.


    6 weeks ago

    That drillsaw scares me...even the pictures makes me squirm. There's got to be a safer way to roughen up a board. Other than that, nice job.

    brad ley
    brad ley

    7 weeks ago

    Thanks for showing your finishing technique. Silly question I know but how did you attach the utensils?


    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Hi Brad, I attached the fork and the spoon with a fishing line. I drilled a small hole between the boards and feed the line to the back and tied it in the back. You cant see the fishing line from far away or in the photo.


    Really! You got incredible idea, then applied it on your works practically and the result is amazing. I must say the sign board looks classy.


    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Thank you!