DIY: House Signs

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DIY: House Signs
A house sign makes a nice accent in the kitchen. (Jacqueline Veissid/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Homemade signs add a charming touch to home decor. These inexpensive signs are available at antique stores or flea markets, but often the sign doesn't have the wording that you want. Fortunately, it's easy to make a custom sign that matches your home decor A rustic sign will add character to any room.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Board
  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Ruler
  • Stencils
  • Palm sander
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Find a board that is the size, width and shape that you desire. If you want to create a vintage look, use an old, weathered board.

  2. 2

    Remove any surface blemishes on the board with a palm sander and 220-grit sandpaper. Sand until the board is smooth. Dust off sanding debris with a fibre towel.

  3. 3

    Apply a base coat of paint to the board. Select a paint colour that complements the rest of the room's decor

  4. 4

    Create a straight line on the board with a ruler. This line will help your letters stay even as you paint them on.

  5. 5

    Paint the words you want on your board with letter stencils, or paint the letters freehand if you want a more natural look. An angled paintbrush helps to keep the edges of the letters straight.

  6. 6

    Add other designs to your sign if you like, such as polka dots, fruits, flowers or vines.

  7. 7

    Give your sign a distressed look by using a palm sander on the letters. Gently sand away some paint on the edges of the letters.

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