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Monday, November 2, 2015

DIY Vintage "Market" Sign and Kitchen Makeover Sneak Peek

How to make an easy and affordable farmhouse sign! 

Wow, is it Monday already?  I always dread turning the clocks back and adjusting to the time change. It's definitely nice not waking up in the dark, but boy is it depressing driving home from work in the dark.  There's nothing more unmotivating than dark cold evenings.  I never considered myself a lazy person, but when the nights are dark and cold I definitely feel the urge to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and do nothing.  Anyone else counting down the days until Spring already?

Speaking of Spring, does anyone ever stop by local markets for fresh flowers and produce?  I usually don't make it out to them, but that didn't stop me from making my own DIY "Market" sign.

Easy farmhouse market sign
I'm sure you have seen many different versions of these signs on Pinterest and in local shops, I know I have.  They always catch my eye and I knew I could make my own using materials I had around the house.

I started by grabbing a piece of plywood that I had leftover from my plank wall and gave it a few coats of white chalk paint.  If you don't have spare wood laying around you could always pick up a piece of balsa wood from local craft stores. 
scrap wood for farmhouse market sign
While my paint was drying I printed out letters and taped them to the top of the wood. 
Taped letters on wood board for tracing

I traced each letter with a pen making sure to press firmly to make an indent in the wood.  I removed the letters then filled in the indented areas with permanent marker.

***Tip*** Use a ruler to keep your lines nice and straight
 Fill in traced lines with permanent marker
***Tip*** I find that permanent marker works best on chalk paint.

When I was done coloring in my letters I aged the sign by dry brushing a bit of dark gray chalk paint on the edges and throughout the sign. 
Distressing letters on market sign

 Distressing DIY market sign
I then sanded the entire sign before adding a bit of wax and aging dust.  (You know these are my absolute favorite products to use!) Distressed DIY Market sign
I thought I would love the distressed look, but I didn't like how it looked in my kitchen.  This tends to happen when I DIY projects, I keep changing things until I am happy with the end result.  Ultimately, I ended up painting over the letters with black paint.  It's not perfect, but I definitely love the look of the solid letters better.
 Painting letters on marketsign
I added a few velcro command strips to the back before hanging the sign above my kitchen window.
Easy DIY Market sign

DIY market sign using scrap wood

Surprise!!!  The DIY market sign isn't the only new thing in the kitchen.  I also painted the walls, painted the lower cabinets and installed a backsplash!  I'm LOVING the new look and will share more on the updated space later this week.


Would you like to comment?

  1. Love the sign and can't wait to see the whole kitchen!

  2. i actually liked the sign both ways xx

  3. You have a very steady hand! Even with a ruler, I doubt I would make such clean lines. It looks great! Thanks for sharing your lovely project. Sue - via Think and Make Thursdays no.56

  4. I looooove this! Great job. I feel a "Market" sign in my future. Seriously love this. :)

  5. Awesome sign! Love it! Can you tell me which font you used for the letters? Thanks so much!

  6. I love this! I also love that you put a hook on the side of your cabinets for a towel, I may have to use that idea in my own kitchen!

  7. Love the sign...and the backsplash! double thumbs up!

  8. Your sign is cute! Can you share information about the pendant light you have? I really like it and am having a weekend "small-not tiny though" cabin built and would love it over the kitchen sink. Thanks.

    1. Thank you! The pendant light is from Here's the link if you are interested:

  9. There is so much in this article that I would never have thought of on my own. Your content gives readers things to think about in an interesting way. Thank you for your clear information.

  10. Wow nice kitchen. I have the exact kitchen sink you have on your kitchen. Love your sign, the vintage look makes it more gorgeous.

    Thanks for sharing!