DIY Farmhouse Signs

This week I have been working afternoons so I have been home in the mornings which is a great break from the usual Monday to Friday grind. I have enjoyed time at home with Poppy, morning coffee in the backyard sun and completing some DIY projects.

I was given an old window from a friend a while back and have been trying to figure out what I wanted do with it. This week I finally decided to clean it up and make my own farmhouse inspired sign.

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I wiped it down with a damp cloth and sanded off some of the old paint. I applied a coat of white chalk paint and distressed the edges slightly.

Initially I was going to use a stencil and paint the letters but decided it was going to be challenging stenciling on glass. I had picked up some sticky letters from Walmart and used these instead to spell "MARKET".

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I added gold screw eyes to the top of the frame and rope from the dollar store to hang it from.

I hung my new sign in the hallway of my kitchen so its a bit of a funny place to take photos :)

I hung my new sign in the hallway of my kitchen so its a bit of a funny place to take photos :)

For my 2nd sign, I used a short piece of plywood leftover from my shiplap wall. I painted it using the same white chalk paint and printed the letters "LAKE" using the font Modern No. 20.

I cut out the letters to use as a stencil and positioned them on the board. Using a ruler and pen, I sketched the edges of the letters applying pressure to create the outline underneath. The straight edges of the letters allowed me to use painters tape to make stenciling easier.

I used a small paint brush to apply Behr Liquid Mercury leftover from my bathroom vanity makeover.  

Once dry, I sanded the entire board to give it a weathered look. I didn't use the sticky letters for this sign so that I could distress them. 

This piece would fit well in my cottage-y spare room but I plan to put it in the bathroom. If I ever get around to making the industrial style shelf I have mentioned before, it will sit on top of it.

I am so happy with my new signs and plan to make many more for the house and holidays :)

Jess xx

How to Frame a Builder's Mirror

To complete my bathroom makeover, I removed the existing frame on the builder's mirror and constructed my own. I purchased two pieces of pine from Home Depot for about $5 each. I measured the length and width of the mirror, adding about 2inches and cut the boards on a 45 degree angle using a miter saw.

We assembled the frame using Brad nails and the air nailer plus some wood glue.

I applied Minwax stain in Classic Grey with a 2' bristle brush. I sanded the frame slightly with 100 grit sandpaper and finished it with Annie Sloan dark wax as I did for my bedroom nightstands. Make sure to stain both sides of the frame as you will see the back side reflected in the mirror

To attach the frame to the mirror, I used 4 large command strips which can hold up to 16lbs and can be adjusted as needed. Although I have no plans of removing the frame, I didn't like the idea of using liquid nails or actual nails to attach the frame to the wall and mirror.

I had already gone ahead and notched small pieces out using an exacto knife to allow room for the mirror clips. Because of the command strips, the mirror does not lay flush against the mirror therefore the clips were not an issue after all.

This was such a simple project and cost only $10! I am so happy with how it completes the farmhouse look of the bathroom. I plan to do something similar in our downstairs bathroom.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jess xx