How To Make a Sign

I’ve always loved signs,  there’s just something about them! They can be playful or sincere, funny or serious. Either way, they can be completely personalized. I love that! I’ve made a few signs, see here, here and here for proof, but today I’m sharing another method of how you can make one!

How To Make A Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I started with a large blank sign. Anthony made it just like this one. Then, we measured and drew lines to keep our wording straight…

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I picked out the saying, Home Is Wherever I’m With You, and cut each of the letters out of vinyl with my Silhouette machine…

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once they were all cut out, I just kept lining them up and pressing them onto the frame…

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

For the first coat, I did a white wash with the paint, which is that lovely primitive color from DecoArt. I’d start by dipping my brush in the paint, then dipping it into a bit of water….

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

After it dried, I was left with a semi- transparent finish.

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I added another coat of the white wash finish….

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I had the finish and variance that I wanted, I used a razor blade to help lift up the vinyl letters….

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And waited until everything was dry before I sanded it down…

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I wiped the entire thing down with clear creme wax

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I went over the top of that with a light coat of the deep brown creme wax

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

In the areas that I had too much brown wax…

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I just applied more clear wax…

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’m so happy with how it turned out!

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And you all know how I feel about the lovely primitive color and stained wood

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

The simplicity of the fonts are another favorite of mine…

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And a little distressing makes everything better…

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

But most importantly, Home is Wherever I’m With You (Anthony)!

DIY Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Enjoy your family these next few days… they’re the best gift of all!

You can find the new Chalky Finish paint online at Home Depot!

*This was a sponsored post by DecoArt. However, all opinions about the new Chalky Finish paint and this large sign are my own! For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Main Signature

Lovely comments so far...

  1. I love the sign and the saying is perfect! I’m going to give it a try after the holidays .. wish me luck! :D

  2. Looks fabulous, Shayna! Love the saying and love that song! :)
    Merry Christmas!

  3. So sweet, love it…thanks for the step by step instruction!

  4. So pretty, I have wanted to make a sign, and you make it look so easy, I am not scared to try it now! Thank you.

    • THANK YOU so much! I’m so happy you’re not scared to make your own sign anymore! Just go for it! :-D
      -Shayna

  5. I ♡ signs!!! They’re all over my house…is that another sign we were separated @ birth lol:) Beautiful job, Shayna! It’s a gorgeous addition to your home…
    (((Merry Christmas)))
    blessings & <3
    M

  6. Gorgeous Shayna! I really live the reverse wood lettering. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day!

  7. Wonderful sign and sentiment! Thanks for the easy tutorial!

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  2. […] 5. Home is Wherever I’m with You sign from The Wood Grain Cottage — I love this song and I love this line, and I feel like it’s appropriate for our big move to an unfamiliar area. We’re away from all our friends and family, so our home has to be where together or we’ll be miserable. Again, I know exactly where I’ll put this (funnily, I know exactly where I’d put all of the projects I haven’t even started, but NO idea where to put any of the stuff that is currently sitting on my living room floor). Or if I feel really lazy (which is my default setting, so…), I could purchase and print this beautiful piece August Park’s Etsy shop. […]

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