DIY Antique Sign

When I made the flower box for our kitchen table centerpiece, I tried my hand at creating an antique look and I loved the result. So now I’m making signs all over the house:) {you can see my welcome sign here}. I wanted something to go above our pantry door because it’s a fairly large white space and decided to do a pretty blue antique sign.

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It was very simple to make and only cost me about $5 {I had the paint on hand}. Here is what I used:

  • 1″x10″ board cut to 42″ long
  • CeCe Caldwell chalk paint
  • Minwax Dark Walnut wood stain
  • sandpaper
  • Silhouette machine and vinyl {you could create your own stencil here}

I started with a common board from Home Depot.

DIY Antique Sign Tutorial 1I stained it just where my letters were going to be seen through {the middle of the board}.

DIY Antique Sign Tutorial 2Then I created my stencil in the Silhouette Design Studio and cut it with some scrap vinyl. I centered it and stuck the letters on my board.

DIY Antique Sign Tutorial 3Then I painted over the entire thing with some chalk paint I had on hand. As soon as I had two coats complete, I peeled off the letters while the paint was still wet {this paint dries quickly!}.

DIY Antique Sign Tutorial 4I took some sandpaper we had laying around and went over the board until I was happy with the look. You can distress as much or as little as you like.

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DIY Antique Sign Tutorial 10I love how perfectly the color ties in with our bar stools. It adds a warm, worn-in touch to our kitchen. Lots more kitchen updates and tutorials coming soon!

Have you ever tried to DIY an antique sign? I hope you see how easy it is and try it now!


Linking up with Homestories A to Z and Tatertots and Jello.


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  2. […] We have had a huge summer to-do list that we’ve been checking off here. I am not going to post about all of them because, honestly, nobody cares about me painting all the trim in the house or touching up paint spots. But some of them are worth sharing, like re-grouting tile. As you know, I did quite a bit of the tiling in this house which means it is far from perfect. Molly’s bathroom was the first tile job I grouted and it was not good. It was uneven and when I tried to clean it I used a blue sponge and parts were forever stained. The grout color was a bit more yellow than we had wanted and I really just wanted to re-do the whole thing. Our kitchen backsplash was the same way. I don’t think I even shared it on here because I was never sold on the look. So, I decided to try to re-grout it all without knocking out the old grout and it worked like a charm. It’s basically skim-coating over all the original grout. You can see our old backsplash from this post on my Farmer’s Market sign post here: […]

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