Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DIY Farmstead Sign

Morn'in!
Hope you had a fantastic weekend!
I had such a productive last 3 days, it's not even funny!
I seriously wish every weekend could be a 3 day... but who doesn't... right?

So one of the many projects I got knocked off my list was my DIY Farmstead Sign.
I have been wanting a homestead type sign for many years, 
but just could not ever find one for the right price and style.
I have seen many floating around IG that a few ladies make with cut out wood letters, but they come with a pretty high price... now... as an ETSY shop owner, I would never say someone's work isn't worth it... it totally is... but for me... since I can make a lot of things, a DIY seemed like the right solution.  Now my sign isn't as perfect or even as unqiue and pretty as some you see on ETSY... but for under $30 bucks... she ain't too shabby... know what i'm say'in...
So I'm going to show you how I created this...
I started by making a visit to my local Hobby Lobby, I picked up three different bags of letters... some were wood, some were chip board. Some fonts are different... 
I didn't want everything to look to sterile or typewriter-y.
I also bought a larger script font style " Welcome" that was metal...
Yes, it was quite the hodge podge:)
Now, I'm sorry... I didn't take pics of this step... but I used a 1x6x8 ft and cut it into 32" sections... so that gabe me three slats.. I then did a simple frame with 1x2's and shot it with my brad nailer... if you don't have one, you could use nails or glue and some grips...
This is very basic.. and if you look closely my measurements aren't quite exact...
But hey...I'm not going into the sign business... 
this is just for my personal use...
That no one should be inspecting and critiquing too closely...
I laid out words and found the overall layout that I was happy with...
I like center and balance.
Next I headed outside and gave the sign a coat of stain.
I just did one of each, I did the Fruit Wood first and then the Jacobean...
this is just the stain I had on hand, so I made it work...
Then I laid out my letters on some plastic and 
I sprayed them with Rustoleum Gloss White.
Once dried and non stinky, I brought everything back in and proceeded to glue away.
Now this is the part where I might lose you...if you hate tedious little things... 
this will drive you bananas.
Tiny little letters that need to be glued down is not the most exciting way to spend your day... but I promise you... it doesn't take that long...
But just know, there's a reason why those signs cost so much...
 jus.. sayin;)

I used Gorilla Glue, cause it's what I had on hand, but in hind sight... if I do another one for whatever crazy reason... I will find a clear glue.
I had to go back over and removed some that bubbled up like it does when you use to much...
But... I just brushed it on the back with a very small paint brush...also found at Hobby Lobby.
I used a piece of wood to line up my words and make sure they stayed straight.
And here it is once it's all glued.
It's not perfect.
But it's mine, and I had everything on hand other then the letters.
And now my porch just looks so super... stink'in... cute and welcoming!
I love it!
Happy Sign Making friends!

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