DIY Wood Sign for the Kitchen

DIY Wood Sign in the Kitchen

A couple of supplies and a few minutes are all you need to make this easy DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any room in your home.

In my last post I shared my new kitchen light and hinted about the one last project I had for this space. It’s a DIY wood sign that is hanging over my kitchen sink and I think it’s the perfect finishing touch for my space.

I’ve known that I wanted to hang something in this spot since we moved in and I’ve been searching, but haven’t found anything that fit.

A few supplies and a few minutes are all you need to make this easy DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any space in your home.

One day it hit me…”Helllloooo? Aren’t you all about DIY?”

“Why yes…yes, I am!”

I could make my own and get the perfect size.

It just so happened that I had a piece of barn wood that I got from an estate sale for $2. I hadn’t used it for any other projects because it was badly warped and falling apart. I thought I’d give it a shot and, if it didn’t work because the condition of the wood, I would get another piece and try again.

DIY Wood Sign for the Kitchen

Supplies to make a DIY wood sign

  • piece of wood cut to size (I used old barn wood)
  • stencil (or make your own)
  • paint
  • brush
  • sandpaper
  • picture hangers

I would usually go DIY all the way but there were a few issues to deal with that lead me to break down and buy a stencil.

The first problem was that the wood was rough and flaky with a very uneven surface. I did try to use individual stencils that I already had but, because of the condition of the wood, I couldn’t get them straight. I also have very shaky hands so doing any of it freehand was just not going to work.

So I bit the bullet and I bought a stencil on Etsy. There’s a ton of sellers who offer these and most will customize them to the size you need.

DIY Wood Sign for the Kitchen

Once I had my customized stencil, my sign came together very quickly.

I centered the stencil, using some painter’s tape to keep everything straight, and started to paint.

It took 11 minutes to do the whole thing. That’s it!

After I was done painting, I carefully removed the stencil and let the paint dry.

Once dry, I went over some of the letters with fine sand paper, just to give it more of a rustic look.

Then I added the picture hangers and hung it up.

A couple of supplies are all you need to make this easy DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any room in your home.

So easy! A couple of supplies and a few minutes are all you need to make this rustic DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any space in your home.

I wasn’t sure how my sign would hang with the board being warped, but I think it’s ok. After all, it’s supposed to be rustic, right?

So easy! A couple of supplies and a few minutes are all you need to make this rustic DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any room in your home.

So easy! A couple of supplies are all you need to make this rustic DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any room in your home.

Now that the DIY wood sign is hung, I can officially call the kitchen done.

What kind of project are you working on right now?


Check out a couple more projects I’ve completed to put this space together.

DIY open shelving in the kitchen using barn wood and inexpensive shelf brackets.DIY Open Shelving in the Kitchen


Painting window frames black to give a space rustic farmhouse charm.Painted Black Window Frames

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  1. Nancy
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 6:45 am

    I love the sign and your light fixture!
    I have some old wood in the basement so I just may give it a try.
    Thanks for the inspiration. ?

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 8, 2017 / 7:33 am

      That’s great Nancy, I hope you give it a try. Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for visiting. 🙂

  2. Brenda Lane
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Brenda, Florida

    That looks so good, and practically cost nothing. I had a wood piece similar to yours and I hand painted a celestial welcome sign using a separate sun wood piece. It took a lot more time, but cost almost nothing as I had everything on hand. It’s amazing what you can find in your stash!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:19 am

      Thanks Brenda. It is amazing what you can find in your stash. I just wish I had a stencil in my stash. 😉

  3. Marjorie Dineen
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 9:08 am

    I LOVE your wooden wooden sign. Your kitchen looks fabulous and it must feel so good to have that area completely done. Can’t wait to see the next project that you tackle.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:21 am

      Thanks Marjorie. I love my sign too. I’m really glad that the kitchen is done but less thrilled about my upcoming projects. They get harder to do from here. Thanks for coming along for the ride. 😉

  4. Pat M
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 9:37 am

    It’s perfect, warp and all. Again, love your little home so much. It’s warm, cozy and soooo inviting.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:23 am

      Awww, thanks Pat. I thought the warp would bug me but you can hardly tell with it hanging up. I guess you never know. 😉 Hope you have a great Wednesday!

  5. Ann
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 10:11 am

    The sign is a perfect addition, along with the horse! Just ties it all together!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:28 am

      Thanks so much Ann, I appreciate it! I love the horse but feel like I haven’t found the perfect spot for it yet. It’s nice to have another opinion. 🙂

      • Arrilla
        Friday,April 13, 2018 / 7:29 pm

        Just found your blog. Would like to know more about the horse. My grandchildren LOVE horses and it would be ideal for them.

        • Kristi
          Monday,April 16, 2018 / 1:11 am

          Hi Arilla! So glad you found us. That horse is a favorite of mine. So glad you like him. I believe that I got it from Wayfair. If you click on the Shop My House tab at the top of my blog, you’ll find a link that will take you right there or you can click on it here ( It is an affiliate link so I will get a commission if you buy it but it won’t cost you any extra. Hope that helps!

  6. Kaycee
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Hi Kristi, what a great DIY project to compliment and complete your beautiful kitchen! I love the barn woods “natural” state, the color, the warps, imperfections and generous size are just perfect! I love, love, love it!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:32 am

      Awww, thanks so much Kaycee. I was sure that that imperfect piece of wood was destined for scrap. I’m glad I experimented with it and gave it a new life. I always appreciate your visits.

  7. Rhonda
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 10:40 am


    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:32 am

      Yay!!! Thanks Rhonda!

  8. Sue
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 10:59 am

    The sign is great! I love your kitchen and dining area!! You did a wonderful job. Your cottage would be just perfect for my husband and myself. We are thinking about downsizing, and your home is wonderful!!!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:35 am

      Thanks so much Sue. I love how the whole space turned out. I’m still getting used to downsizing (it’s been 4 years and 2 houses) but it definitely has it’s advantages. We’re still in the stages of cleaning up the yard and fixing up the house but, once that’s done, we’ll be able to enjoy it more. Thanks for stopping in.

  9. Phyllis Pardee
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Everything you’ve done is just great! Love the sign…thanks for the tip on finding stencils on Etsy too!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:37 am

      Thanks so much Phyllis, I appreciate it. 🙂 I actually buy a lot of things on Etsy. It’s a great source for all things home, and the prices are very reasonable.

  10. Pat DonBrosky
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Perfect final touch, especially with the black framed window and horse.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:38 am

      Thanks so much, Pat. It’s all about the window with me. You could say I’m a bit obsessed. 😉 Hope you have a great day!

  11. Jillian
    Monday,May 8, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Love the sign and love the horse too, they look very nice together. Also love your great big window. I wish I had one this big as I saw a photo on pinterest with two bigger/ taller (maybe buffet) lamps on either side of the sink near window edges…just loved it and I am a huge fan of lamps in the kitchen, I could still do it, but if my window were bigger….anyway, your kitchen is so pretty and I like it all.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:42 am

      Thanks Jillian, I appreciate it. I love lamps in the kitchen too. I have a small one that I made in the corner but it would be tough to have them flanking the window. Hubs is usually the chef and he complains when unnecessary (in his eyes) things are on the counters. 😉

      • Jillian
        Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 11:35 am

        Oh, ha, If my hubby would cook I would give up any lamps in his way! I like your lamp in the corner,just thinking out loud

        • Kristi
          Thursday,May 11, 2017 / 6:58 am

          I hear ya Jillian. I’m glad he likes to cook but I secretly would love to have a lamp on either side of the window. 😉

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:46 am

      Thanks so much, I appreciate it. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:51 am

      Thanks so much Pamela! It actually turned out better than I thought it would. So happy when that happens. 😉

  12. Saturday,May 13, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    You knew exactly what that space needed, Kristi. It looks great. Love the video! Nicely done. Hugs, Nancy

    • Kristi
      Sunday,May 14, 2017 / 1:11 am

      Thanks so much Nancy! It took a while to get exactly what I wanted, but it all worked out in the end. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  13. Nancy
    Sunday,May 21, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I love your barn wood sign as well! I looked on etsy and I didn’t see the same stencil. Do you recall which seller you bought it from? Thanks for your time!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 23, 2017 / 3:48 am

      Hi Nancy. I got my stencil custom made from Superior Stencils –

      She was great to work with and gave me the size I needed, which was larger than usual. I’m sure you any seller would do what you want but I would use Superior Stencils again. Hope that helps!

  14. Saturday,October 7, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Lovely! I have just such a spot that needs something, AND the weathered, splitting, warpped wood! Now to find the stencil I want.

    • Kristi
      Monday,October 9, 2017 / 2:21 am

      Ah, sounds great Nancy! So many great stencils out there. Such an easy project and I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.

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