Easy DIY Painted Wood Sign

It’s time for another At Home DIY project and this month’s project was to do something that cost under $20.  That’s a pretty easy one for me since I try to keep all of my projects on the frugal side. 🙂  I had several projects in mind but I needed to finish up something for the office so a DIY painted wood sign is what I did!

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I have shared several times in the past how I have done DIY signs but this one was a bit different since it was just on a 1×8 piece of pine board and not framed.  This is such an EASY way to make a sign and you could do it vertical or horizontal to fit your space.  I picked up a 1×8 x6 foot long board at Home Depot for $6.82 and cut in half making this sign 3 foot long.  So I still have another 3 foot section to make another sign.

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I painted the board with some Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in Charcoal and while that was drying I printed off some letters in a font I liked.  You can see more of how I do this in this sign tutorial post.  Then you just trace the letters with some carbon paper behind them onto the board.  No fancy machines needed!

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I used a small detail paintbrush to fill in the letters with some Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in Linen White.

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I wanted a vintage distressed look so I sanded the edges, over the letters, and in some random spots.  That also helps smooth any brush strokes and hide any not so perfect lettering.

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Then for the finishing touch to age it a bit more I brushed on some Rust-Oleum Chalked Smoked Glaze to create even more of an antiqued look.

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To hang it I just nailed a simple sawtooth picture hanger on the back and it was done!  It fills this little wall perfectly!

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I am a bit obsessed with adding black touches to a room recently… love the way it looks!

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I have had so much fun decorating this office/schoolroom and I’ll be sharing the final revel and before/after pictures of it later this week!

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Where could you add a simple sign like this?  You could turn it horizontal and do one for over a door/over a piece of furniture, or do it this way and make a welcome sign for your front porch or a seasonal sign!   I may be using the other half to do something like that Smile 

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Now go check out all the other projects that were done this month for less than $20 – those are my favorite kind of projects! 🙂


  1. Beautiful wood sign!! I’d love to have one for my place!! 🙂

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