How To Make a Wooden Sign


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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How To Make a Sign | DIY Stenciling Tutorial for Making Wood Signs
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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.

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16 thoughts on “How To Make a Wooden Sign

  1. I just love your video Tutorials Roxanne. You do such a good job clearly explaining what you are doing and how to achieve the results desired. Even though I have done a lot of the techniques many times myself, I find that I always learn something new from watching you. I love, love, love CCP! I would love to try some new all in one paint on my next project which is a bassinet make-over.

    1. Thank you so much Wendy! I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying our tutorials and learning some new tips and tricks. Happy painting!

  2. My next project is a small pine bench. I’ll distress it then put it on my front porch with plants on it. I plan to switch out the plants with pumpkins in the fall

  3. Great tutorial! You have taken away my fear and uncertainty of how to make these cute signs I love. Will definitely be trying this soon!!

  4. Love the tutorials. My next project is an antique bar . The top is getting restained. The main bodg of the bar is goung to be redone in devotion and and antiqueing wax. Cant wait!!!

  5. Great tutorial! I want to make a sign for my daughter in law. Something uplifting and happy!! A pint of paint and a new brush would be a big help.

  6. I love stensils and this one is so beautiful….cant wait to do mine…at the moment i am about to head to a stockist here to help me choose a color for an old buffet i want to paint.

  7. I love your tutorials. Easy to follow instuctions! My next project is 2 old dressers for a friend in the colour Aurora. My local dealer put a special order in to make this possible. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to turn out!

  8. One of my next projects, believe it or not, is a 2ft x 3ft wood CHRISTMAS sign that had been ordered by a client. The other project is a set of wall art signs for a baby’s nursery, also for a client.

  9. Great video. Two projects I’m hoping to do…painting an old breadbox and 70’s sewing table. Best place to buy stencils? Cheers!

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