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Mar 12, 2013

Distressed Wood Sign

I'm posting about making my Booth #555 sign because it can apply to any worded sign you may want to do. Just find or buy you a preferably blank piece of wood. And you can print out any saying you'd like (fresh eggs, welcome, ect.) simply by using:
Microsoft Word
an ink pen
sharpie marker
acrylic craft paint

I wanted to make a new booth sign so passer bys could easily remember my booth number. Most booths at the Peddlers Mall only have tiny printed out numbers taped on the outside wall of their booth. I have always wanted a way to stand out. So here's how I made it.

I started out with an old broken wooden wine rack, (I'm guessing) that I won from an auction.

First off, I printed out a few different size "5's using Microsoft Word. 

Then I unscrewed the two screws holding on the broken wine hangers and removed them.
I ended up using the one that was almost center of a regular printer size paper. It was perfect for my size board.

Then I eyeballed it and centered the middle one as best as I could, leaving room for the other two. And I used a ball point pen and traced the 5 onto the board. Pushing enough so that there would be an imprint left behind for me to paint along.

And after tracing, here's what I was left with. A good enough impression to keep me painting straight. Look close and you can see it.

Next step was to paint all the 5's in with an off white, acrylic craft paint.

one by one........

Ah, it was finally starting to come together now. Then I decided to take a shortcut and use a black sharpie marker to outline all the 5's. I just figured it would be way faster than painting those thin little lines and it was. I was worried about feathering from the marker on the wood, but thankfully it didn't happen. Be careful with yours!

I did the same lines on each one, to try and keep it consistent. Then I came back and forth until complete. Be careful that your hand doesn't smear the marker before completely dry!

I then let it all dry for about 20 minutes. I didn't want to take a risk because my next step involved sand paper. lol. I took some medium grit and roughed it all up a bit. Kinda giving it a worn look, but not over doing it by rubbing off an entire 5 or anything.

Then I got out my all purpose sealer and put on a light coat. I did this 2 times so that my sign can withstand being dropped, scraped, thrown in the back of my truck and so forth. lol I'm kinda rough on items unless they are really fragile!

After that dried, I thought it could still use a bit of something. So I got out some pieces of grapevine garland and stapled some on the edges. I also hung a little metal brown star in the middle,  look close, and I wrote "crafts by Lisa." And then I was finally done and happy with it. Here it is all finished.

I hope this gives you the gumption to start making a wood sign. Ideas could include, Fresh Eggs, Welcome, Primitive, Laundry, Cottage....the list goes on and on. Keep in mind that it was super easy with the pre-printed out 5's! And it's now sitting on a shelf right in the center of my Booth #555 at the Peddlers Mall in Morehead, KY.

Happy Crafting ya'll!


  1. Hi Lisa, Visiting you from over at the Vintage Cobweb. Nice to have met you, I so admire your craft work.

    1. Hi! Thanks very much. I'm on my way over to your blog, Pen and Paper right now.

  2. Hello Lisa!

    I wanted to thank you for takign the time to visit my blog from Vintage Cobweb! I am a crafter tooo!

    I was trying to figure out how to email you but couldn't find an email address on your blog to say much appreciated!

    Loving and missing Greece myself!

    Nice to meet you!


  3. Hi Elena!

    Thanks for clicking over. I don't think I have a button for emails yet here. Your the second person this week thats said they've tried to find one. I guess I need to look into that and get one up lol.

    Thank you also, for taking the time to visit over here!

    btw, ur blog is full of beautiful photos, my fav was the blue door!


  4. Hi! I just found this tutorial, and it's great! You did a great job! I'm just wondering how many coats of the Martha Stewart pearl paint it took you to get such a bright, pearl white. I'm trying to use the paints on a project of mine, and it's not coming out very well -- almost translucent. I can't decide if it's the paint or the fact that I'm trying to paint over black. I'm beginning to think the latter.


    1. Hi Jess! Thank you! I just did one heavy coat of the white paint, but if you look in some spots, like in the curvy part of the five in the middle, it was not enough, so I went back over it with another coat.
      I used an off white, acrylic craft paint by apple barrel. That is just an ad for a similar paint for Martha stewart pearl paint that is in red, by Google Affliate Ads. They place similar ads around.
      So it may just be the pearl paint as why it's not coming out good. The paint I used, (off white by Apple barrel- craft section also) is covering very good. I'd say it will cover easy over black also. Hope this helps!
      Good Luck!

  5. Oooh! Thank you! I'll try that and put it down with my design first and then maybe try the Martha Stewart pearl over it. Thanks for the quick response! I'm happy I found your blog! You're very helpful and creative! :)

    1. YW & thank you for stopping by. I'm glad I can help out in any way. Need anything, just comment somewhere and i'll help if i can. And if you post the crafts ur working on , i'd love to see them!

  6. This weathered barn wood sign looks great. 16 inch by 24 inch in size and are constructed of real wood, carved wooden fish

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