DIY Team: Farmhouse sign has 'Fixer Upper' flair – Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)


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SALVAGED TO SASSY | Courtesy photos

The finished farmhouse-style sign is perfect to give a space a ‘Fixer Upper’ feel.

A hammer and hook help hang the finished sign.

Supplies include: board, wooden letters, wood glue, chalk-type paint, dark wax, nails and picture hangers.

If you have fallen in love with the “Fixer Upper” style of Chip and JoAnna Gaines, like we all have, then you have certainly seen the unique farmhouse style signs they use in most of their decor.

Creating one is not nearly as hard as you might think, even if you don’t think of yourself as particularly crafty.

To get started, you will need an old board. For our farmhouse sign, we had some barn wood lying around and were able to use that.

If you don’t have any extra wood, go to the local hardware store and have a board cut to fit the size of the sign you want. A ½-inch-thick wood is recommended because it is easier to handle and hang.

If you began with raw wood, you can quickly weather it using chalk-type paints and dark waxes, like the Heirloom Traditions brand.

For our sign, we were inspired by a customer’s “grocery” sign but opted to go with “farmhouse.”

Luckily, Hobby Lobby ran a sale that week, making each of these 5-inch wooden letters only 75 cents each. I gave them a quick coat of chalk-type paint in red, and after drying, they were ready for mounting.

The letters were spaced to leave about 6 inches of overhang on each side. We used wood glue on the back and then a few finishing nails to give added security. After the nails were in, I patched any nail heads that were showing with paint.

On the back, we installed a picture hanger, and that was it. A “farmhouse” sign perfect for hanging over your sink or entrance to your home was created in an afternoon.

Lesa Smith is the owner of Salvaged to Sassy, a shop for fine vintage home decor, chalk-type paints, classes and more. It also hosts a once-a-month Vintage Shopping Extravaganza that draws in shoppers from everywhere. Follow S2S on

Facebook and Instagram or visit the shop at 2120 Pennsylvania Ave.

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