Making A Rustic Farmhouse Sign With Recycled Wood! | Small Home Decorating Tips

Making a rustic farmhouse sign with recycled wood! | small home decorating tips

Call me weird but I wanted a farmhouse sign in my kitchen, something rustic and country-ish to match my gingham colored window curtains (rustic home ideas), but I didn’t want to pay an exorbitant amount of money for it. So, what I did was scavenge around for some free wood and I was lucky enough to score a pallet from someone who just wanted it gone. Ok so I grab my pallet and I leave for my home with all the ideas I had for my diy farmhouse sign (cool home ideas). I got home and rushed up to start dismantling the pallet to start the sign (diy home decorating) and I did that by using a flat head screwdriver and a hammer to separate it from the million staples that were already in it. Let me tell you about home decor arts and crafts ideas be prepared to put in the work to save money and I hated every minute of the staple removal from this pallet. It was necessary, but it was oh so draining!

Alright, I am done whining about my pallet board (smile). So, when I got the staples and the nails out I took the boards outside and I sanded it down, then wiped it down and left it to dry. While that was drying I got another piece of wood that I cut into four and I used it to attach the two boards together. Next, I painted the board a stark white color to give my black lettering a nice contrast. When I cut out my stencil I was careful to tape it down centered on the board and I began painting, and I made sure the lettering was in proportion to the size of the board. Now that my lettering was dried I peeled off the stencil and cleaned up the parts where the black paint went over onto the white parts of the boards and then I let that dry. After everything was dried I took my sanding paper and distressed the entire board because like I mentioned earlier I wanted that country finish. It looked really official when I finished and hung it up over my kitchen door and I am so proud of it! If you liked my little tutorial, please like and share my video!

Here’s my free pallet board compliments of the guy who wanted it gone from his house. | custom home decor

Here's my free pallet board compliments of the guy who wanted it gone from his house. | custom home decor

So this guy wanted to throw this perfectly fine pallet out and I opted to take it off of his hands to make my farmhouse (custom home decor) sign for my kitchen.

 

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To get the boards I needed from the pallet I had to take it apart. | farmhouse style home decor

To get the boards I needed from the pallet I had to take it apart. | farmhouse style home decor

This sign I want to make is making me put in some work! The pallet boards have been secured to each other (farmhouse style home decor) like it was meant to last forever.

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Look at all the staples that are in these boards! | awesome home ideas

Look at all the staples that are in these boards! | awesome home ideas

It took me about a good 50 minutes to pry apart the pallet boards and now I see why. Just look at how many staples were used, but you know awesome home ideas need that elbow grease right?

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I am still here removing these damn staples! | home ideas

I am still here removing these damn staples! | home ideas

I need some home ideas in the future that pertain to situations like these that can make this process easier, I counted 95 staple pins!

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Cutting up some more wood for the sign. | decorating home ideas on a low budget.

Cutting up some more wood for the sign. | decorating home ideas on a low budget.

So I needed to get the two pallet boards together and I had to cut up some scrap wood I had and use them for that purpose (decorating home ideas on a low budget).

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See this is how I used the scrap wood for the pallet boards.

See this is how I used the scrap wood for the pallet boards.

I needed two boards to make my farmhouse sign look authentic, so this is how I nailed them together to give me the correct width and height.

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Of course I will have problems getting the nails in straight!

Of course I will have problems getting the nails in straight!

I don’t know why the nail gods were trying me today, every time I put a nail in I bent it and I had to start over.

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Can you believe I actually enjoyed this sanding of the boards?

Can you believe I actually enjoyed this sanding of the boards?

After all those nail and staple issues, I welcomed the notion of sanding! Things were put into perspective for me after everything was said and done.

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Using a damp cloth I wiped my boards down and left it for a bit.

Using a damp cloth I wiped my boards down and left it for a bit.

After I sanded the boards, I used just water and I wiped it down thoroughly and let it dry off.

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Cutting out the stencil that will used on my board while it’s drying outside.

Cutting out the stencil that will used on my board while it's drying outside.

I had to measure and make sure that the size of the words I stenciled worked with the height and the width of the board.

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Looking good right? I settled on “FRESH COFFEE” since it’s going in my kitchen.

Looking good right? I settled on

I was going back and forth between “LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH” and “FRESH COFFEE”. I decided on “FRESH COFFEE” because not many people will have that and well it was going into my kitchen anyway.

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Getting the background color on first I went with a solid white.

Getting the background color on first I went with a solid white.

I wanted a white and black sign so I used a white paint for the entire board and the words will be stenciled in black. Should be interesting when it is all over.

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Peeled off the stencil and it looks really nice if I do say so myself.

Peeled off the stencil and it looks really nice if I do say so myself.

I wanted to further give it a worn look so when I took the stencil off I sanded it down and made it look even more distressed.

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Here is a close up of part of the sign can you tell I did this on a 2 dollar budget?

Here is a close up of part of the sign can you tell I did this on a 2 dollar budget?

I couldn’t be more pleased with my work, the sign looks like I got it out of the home depot store.

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Who wants me to make them a farmhouse sign like this one?

Who wants me to make them a farmhouse sign like this one?

Maybe I should have told my sister I was only joking when I asked who wanted me to make them a sign because she has been hounding me to make her one ever since. But I mean, it is a fantastic looking sign so guess I can’t blame her for wanting one too.

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