Taking something old and turning into something new is this DIY Thrift Store Sign Makeover -Farmhouse Style. Customize it to make it your own while reusing something in the process.
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. -Pable Picasso
Today we are thrilled to have Christina from Christina Faye Repurposed guest posting with us again. She has shared some ah-mazing projects with us before like this Charger Plate Christmas Craft, Thrift Store Farmhouse Desk Organizer Makeover, and this Upcycled Chip Paintbrush Wreath. Here’s what she is sharing with us today:
THRIFT STORE SIGN MAKEOVER
I just love the DIY farmhouse signs. They are so clean and crisp and really coordinate well with any décor and in any room. I think we all know Salvage Sister and Mister are all about recycling and reusing. That is why I would like to
share my DIY thrift store sign farmhouse makeover with you today! Reusing thrift store finds is a great way to save money.
I had this sign that I picked up from my local Goodwill for $2.99. It was scratched and had a few dings. I am guessing maybe that’s why it was donated to Goodwill. But I knew it would make the perfect farmhouse sign.
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- Old Sign or Piece of Wood
- Old Picture Frame
- Rag and Cleaner, vinegar and water solution works just fine
- 220 Grit Sandpaper, a sandpaper block like this works great on this type of project
- Wire Cutters
- Saw, if needed
- Finishing Nails
- Wood Glue
- Rag or Tack Cloth
- Paint Brush
- Waverly Inspirations Chalk Acrylic Paint
- Minwax Spray Polycrylic
- Cricut Vinyl Machine or Stencil
- 12 X 24 Cricut Mat, again if needed
- Weeding Tools if using a Cricut
- First, the sign was given a light sanding with my 220-grit sandpaper just to knock down the white-painted areas.
- Next, I cleaned the sign thoroughly with my vinegar and water solution.
- I then painted the sign with three coats of Waverly Inspirations Chalk paint in white.
While going through my wood stash, I came across this old frame that someone had given me. It had been in my stash for quite some time. I knew it would make the perfect addition to my sign project.
- First, disassemble the wood frame. I did this by twisting gently left to right on the corners until the pieces detached.
- I then removed the nails using a pair of wire cutters.
- The wood pieces from the frame were not quite long enough for my sign. Therefore, the Hubs decided to cut the sign so that the framed pieces would fit.
- Since the edges needed to be cut at a 45-degree angle, I asked for the Hub’s assistance. I am so terrified of using saws! I know that’s crazy, but for some reason, they intimidate me. It doesn’t matter what kind. Can you believe that coming from a DIYer? He cut the sign to the length we needed. He then cut the 45-degree angles on the ends of the frame pieces that he recently measured and cut to the size we needed.
- Once the frame was cut, he attached it to the sign. It fit perfect! It was attached to the sign using small finishing nails. We also added wood glue on each angle for extra protection.
- While I painted the attached frame, the Hubs created a word for my sign using our Cricut machine. I wanted the word “farmhouse.” He added the windmill and the chicken. Isn’t it cute?
- He cut the vinyl using our 12 x 24; Cricut mat. This is the larger mat.
- He weeded the vinyl. This is exactly why I do not like using the Cricut (haha). I have no patience for the weeding process!
- The frame two took coats of paint. This was after the first coat was applied. I knew my plan was to distress the frame, so I did not need the perfect paint finish.
- Once completely dried, I used my 220-grit sandpaper and distressed the frame heavily. After all, this was a farmhouse sign.
- I removed the sanding dust with a rag or tack cloth. Then the Hubs got to work, adding the vinyl to the sign.
- He used my handy dandy decoupage tool. This thing is awesome for removing the vinyl from the transfer tape. It’s also good for rolling out any kinks or bubbles in the vinyl.
- After the vinyl was applied, I sprayed a light coat of Polycrylic to seal and protect.
I love the way it turned out. And, the two items that made the sign were used items. I used what I had on hand! If you do not have a Cricut machine, you can always use a stencil or even freehand.
For other DIY projects, visit me over on the blog at christinafayerepurposed
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it will be.”
MORE BUDGET FRIENDLY FARMHOUSE PROJECTS
A great big thank you to Christina for guest posting and sharing this fabulous sign project with us.
Before you go, here are a few budget-friendly farmhouse projects for you to check out:
- Farmhouse Tin Can Vase Upcycle
- 20 Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Projects
- Decorative Painted Farmhouse Christmas Books
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