Try this DIY stencilled farmhouse sign for an easy way to bring a big dose of rustic farmhouse style to any part of your home!
I’m definitely on a bit of a stencil kick these days. I just suddenly had this little “a-ha” moment one day and remembered how great stencils are for all kinds of home decor projects, big and small. 🙂 I’ve also made a little pact with myself that I would try to make sure to do more “fun” home decor type projects this year and stencils make it so easy to keep that promise to myself! So this DIY stencilled farmhouse sign is my latest fun project!
I used some small letter stencils at Christmastime this year on my DIY Christmas tree collar and that project turned out to be really cute. I also made this stencilled pallet wood artwork for our new Airstone wall in the living room a few weeks ago and I’m absolute crazy about that project. 🙂 If you’re in need of some more stencil-related inspiration after reading this blog post, definitely check those two projects out.
How to Make the Stencilled Farmhouse Sign
Of course, the great thing with stencil projects is that you can totally customize them and get really creative with different paints, colors, and materials, but for my farmhouse sign, I decided to keep things pretty classic.
I started out with a plain pine board. We just used the stencil as our guide for how long the board should be, then added about an inch so we would have a 1/2 inch on each side to tape the stencil securely in place.
I first stained the board using my favorite Early American stain and I let that dry completely.
Next, I painted over the whole board with one coat of white chalk paint. My original plan was to do one full coat of the white and then sand around the edges to distress it and reveal a bit of the stain underneath, but as I was painting, I realized that I could just go lightly around the edges with the paint and get kind of the same effect so that’s what I did! 🙂
You can see I left the edges of the board with just the dark stain and I think that’s kind of a neat detail.
I let that coat of paint dry completely as well and then it was time for the fun part!
The stencil! Yay!
This stencil that I used for this sign is the Old Farmhouse Sign stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. This one that I used for this sign is the largest size and makes a pretty giant “Farmhouse” sign, but it does come in smaller sizes if you don’t want to make a sign that takes up so much space. 🙂
I just centered the stencil on the board and then it was time to paint!
I used a basic dark brown craft paint and a small stencil brush to fill in the lettering.
Cutting edge stencils sells this little Stencil Essentials tool kit that comes with a stencil level, a foam roller, and a stencilling paint brush, so that’s where I got the stencil brush that I used.
When I was all done applying my paint, I just pulled the stencil away and this was my sign! Ta-da!
I love a good ta-da moment, don’t you?
Did you notice how I said I just used a basic brown craft paint? The really fun thing about this project is that it ended up looking like the lettering on the sign is actually stained. So it looks like I did something really complicated where I somehow masked off the lettering to keep it just stained and painted white all around it. But it’s actually just simple craft paint! So neat, right?
The Completed Stencilled Farmhouse Sign
I decided to hang my sign in on this big blank wall in our laundry room over our cork board. This blank wall has been bugging me a bit for a few years now, but I could never quite figure out what to put there. And now I have the perfect thing! 🙂 Another win for stencilling projects!
We’re hoping to do a full renovation in this laundry room at some point, because it’s kind of a mish-mash of different things in here right now, but little projects like this sign make it a little nicer for now! Yay for stencils!
After browsing through some of the other stencils available, I’m kind of tempted to fill this blank wall in a little more with a full wall stencil. Maybe something like this? Or this? I think either of those would be really fun and eye-catching. Maybe I’ll get really ambitious one of these days and go for it. 🙂
Cutting Edge Stencils provided me with the stencil for this project and I’m also an affiliate of theirs, meaning that if you purchase anything through the links on this page, it won’t cost you any more, but I get a small commission. I absolutely love the selection Cutting Edge Stencils offers through their website though and they have so many great, up-to-date stencil designs that I’m just dying to try out. Definitely check out some of their amazing stencil designs if you’re in the mood for a fun, easy, and affordable project too! 🙂
What kind of stencilling projects have you done around your home? I’m definitely open to suggestions if you have a fun stencil project idea that you think I should try!
If you think you’d like to try a fun stencil project with one of the designs from Cutting Edge Stencils, you’re in luck! Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away $50 towards a stencil (or stencils) of your choice to one lucky reader of The Creek Line House! To enter, just hop on over to the Cutting Edge Stencils website, then come back here and let me know in a comment which stencil design was your favourite. 🙂 This contest is open to residents of Canada and the US.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.