Rustic Reclaimed Wood Gather Sign Tutorial

Rustic Reclaimed Wood GATHER Sign Tutorial

Signs, signs, every where there’s signs…  You know the rest, right?  If not, click here and catch up.  Whether the sign says ‘do this’ or ‘don’t do that’, signs are all the rage and everywhere!  Especially, rustic, shabby chic sign like these…

Oh how I covet these trendy, expensive gems and long for of my own.  <Sigh>  After decorating my dining room floating shelves for fall, I knew the perfect accent would be one of these rustic reclaimed wood signs.  Sadly, the balance on my fun money account read zero, but I wasn’t going to let that keep me from having what I wanted.  Time to get crafty!

Off to the scrap wood pile I went, where I found the perfect old cedar fence board for my project.  It was cut to a length of 25 inches, lightly sanded, wiped clean, and 1 inch painter’s tape was applied to the edges.

After deciding on what I wanted the sign to say, “GATHER”, it was off to the interwebs to find a website that offered free letter stencils.  I stumbled upon this great site where they offer a decent variety of fonts and sizes all for free.  Yay!  For the sign I made, I went with the 3 inch Times New Roman stencils.  Save the stencils to your desktop, print them, cut them out, and place them on the board.

Next, trace around the letters with chalk (the chalk lines are very easy to remove later).

Pick your paint color, I went with a leftover latex wall paint I had sitting in the garage.  It’s waterproof, easy to apply, and will match my décor to perfection.  Apply two coats for even coverage.

Once the second coat is complete, remove the painter’s tape and allow the paint to set over night.

Once the paint has cured, use your finger to rub off the excess chalk lines.  Apply painter’s tape 1/2 inch from the edges of the sign, this will be your border.  Apply two coats of paint, remove tape, and place the sign in a safe place to dry for 24 hours.

Add a picture hanger to the back of the sign and find the perfect place to hang it.

No one would ever guess this adorable sign was once part of my dilapidated backyard fence.  I loved it so much, I made a second “FAMILY” sign.

Now, my girlfriend wants one for her birthday.   Back to the wood pile I go.  Happy painting!


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