Do you have an old sign that needs an updated look? Are you looking for a simple, quick way to add a new piece to your home decor? Or looking for a fun flip for resale project? Here is an easy DIY Wood Sign Upcycle you may like.
When you are out thrifting be sure to grab any wooden sign even if it is completely outdated! Especially, with the increasing cost of lumber. You can easily give it a good sanding and a new look to match your decor or resell. You can upcycle & design a DIY Sign to match any decor!
There are countless ways now to transfer your designs onto your projects. Here’s just one way to add words & designs to your DIY decor. Super simple no machine required! (Just an inkjet printer unless you draw your own design)
You may also like to check out my posts using two other methods to transferring designs onto metal surfaces. One of the posts is Metal Tray Upcycle- A New Welcomed Look and the other post is How to Give an Old Platter a New Look!
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Today, I am going to share with you an upcycle on a wood sign I recently thrifted at a local shop.
I’m always on the hunt for anything solid wood and this piece was only $2.99. SOLD! All of the materials used for this project I already had on hand. It just needed a good sanding to help get the deep layer of marker off so it wouldn’t bleed through my white paint.
Materials for this DIY Sign
- Preloved wood piece or sign Rust oleum chalk paint (white linen)
- Black paint markers (thin & medium point)
- 3 upcycled wooden knobs (or anything you have on hand that you can repurpose for hooks)
- Rust oleum spray paint ( I used white & black for knobs)
- Printed pages with your text & design
- Piece of carbon paper
Tools for this DIY Sign
- Ruler or straight edge
- Drill & screw bit
- Screwdriver for hooks/knobs
- Paint brush
- Cardboard for work surface
- Tape (to hold design down) small pieces
STEPS to Create this DIY Sign
- Remove any hooks on back
- Clean & sand surface smooth
- Apply two coats of chalk paint & let dry
- Print out your designs on regular printer paper
- Cut your designs & tape them onto your board
- Place a sheet of carbon paper under your design facing down onto the wood
- Using a pencil trace over your design ( a ruler may help keep your lines straight)
- Remove your design pattern & carbon paper. Then fill in your designs with a black paint marker or paint by hand.
9. Once your design has dried its time to distress your sign using sandpaper.
You can distress over any spots of paint that are uneven. Especially, when your paint pen keeps falling apart like mine did. Nothing a small piece of sandpaper can’t fix.
10. Measure & mark where you want your hooks or knobs to go. Drill the holes & install your hooks/knobs.
11. Using your paint marker or brush just run around the outside edge lightly for a distressed look.
12. You can seal your project with mod podge or spray sealer.
13. Add wall hanging hooks on the back & you’re all done✔
Project Conclusion & Resale Info
Total Cost: $2.99 sign
Time: 1.5 hours
Listing price: $14.99
Pros: This project was both fun & easy.
Budget & eco-friendly using items on hand & from the thrift store.
Cons: paint markers can leak or not work at all even when new (test prior to project)