DIY Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign (with video)

A Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign is the perfect way to add a rustic touch to your home decor and making it reversible saves you space too! Learn how here.

If you have been around for a while, you probably know I love farmhouse style. Even though I don’t have a farmhouse or a house for that matter, I still manage to add small rustic touches to my small apartment. Definitely Farmhouse signs are a great way to start!

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DIY Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign Tutorial

After making my Window Frames, and my reversible Christmas/Winter wood sign, I had some wood boards left and wood pieces from other projects. I decided to make this cute Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign so I can use the side that fits my mood best.

Cool, right?

I was thinking that usually, we have the back of wood signs wasted. Then we make more and more and where do we store all that? Making them reversible we get 2 for the space of 1, right?

I so love how this DIY farmhouse sign turned out and it was SO easy and fun to make. Perfect for seasonal decor this homemade wooden sign will be my best friend.

DIY Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign in Livingroom

You can make it with scrap pieces as I did or buy them and still won’t be expensive.

closer view of DIY Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign in Livingroom

Believe me, you don’t need to be a carpenter or an experienced crafter to make this wood sign. You don’t need to have a cutting machine either. There are plenty of stencils you can buy and there are even ways to transfer your design to the wood without spending more than a bit of ink of your printer.

So this being said, how about we jump right in?

How to Make a Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign.

view of supplies

Supplies:

  • 2X – 230mm x 45mm x 18mm
  • 2X – 266mm x 45mm x 18mm
  • 1 wood board 230mm x 230mm x 16mm
  • White latex paint
  • Grey latex paint
  • Wood stain (your favorite color)
  • Quote vinyl stencil 
  • Sandpaper
  • Headless nails
  • Wood glue
  • Brushes
  • Plastic plate
  • Cotton cloth

Tools:

  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw (if you are cutting your own boards)

Instructions:

I made this video tutorial for you of my process. But if you are more of a step-by-step written detailed tutorial, just scroll down a little bit and keep reading.

Step 1: White-wash your board

Whitewash your wood sign board (dilute white paint with water 1:1) and sand it.

Sand your wood boards to avoid splinters.

Step 2: Start painting your frame boards

Now, this is a fun part. You want to give your boards that weathered look.

Give your boards rough strokes with your brush using your grey paint on all 4 sides. Don’t worry about where or if it covers. This is absolutely random and imperfect.

painting rough strokes with brush using  grey paint

Set aside to let it dry.

Step 3: Stencil your wood sign

Get your wood sign board. Place your vinyl stencil as centered as you can, rub it well and remove the transfer tape.

Placing the vinyl stencil as centered in wood sign board

Paint your pretty quote and let it dry.

Painting the pretty quote

Step 4: Go back to Frame Boards

Go back to your frame boards and now repeat the prices with the white paint. Again, just rough strokes randomly on all 4 sides.

painting rough strokes with brush using  white paint

Let it dry again.

Step 5: Peel off the stencils

It’s time to carefully remove the stencil from your wood sign. Peel off the stencil and then remove any small pieces left behind.

 removing the stencil from the wood sign

There you go!!! SOOO pretty.

the wood sign almost done

Repeat the process with the other side of your wood sign.

reverse the wood sign almost done

Step 6: Sand your Frame Boards

Again, go back to your frame wood boards and sand them. Sand them hard and well. You want to remove as much as possible of the paint. You will see that a lot of the paint got into the wood design and will look like oooold wood.

sanding harder the frame wood boards
showing the frame almost ready

When finished, clean your wood pieces very well to remove dust.

Step 7: Stain your Frame Boards

Then stain your boards with your favorite stain color, I used walnut.

stain the boards with walnut color

Apply the stain to all boards and then rub it with a cotton cloth.

rubbing the frame pieces with a cotton cloth

Go back to your wood sign and sand off a little bit of your design. Just a little to give it the same old look.

sanding the wood sing

Step 8: Time to Frame your Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign.

Present all the pieces to make sure everything fits.

assembling the reversible frame

Remove the wood sign and glue 2 sides and the base boards.

assembling the wooden frame

Then nail them together.

showing where the nails were placed

Insert the wood sign as centered as you can inside the frame.

inserting the sing inside the frame

Secure with nails on the sides.

showing the placement of the nails on one side of the frame

Lastly, put the last side in place and add glue to the ends. Secure with nails.

closing the missing part of the frame

There you go!

Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign done

One pretty and Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign that you can use any time anywhere!

 general view of Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign

You can make yours using these colors or use your favorite ones. You can make it larger or smaller, imagination is the limit.

What do you think?

lateral view of Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign

Doesn’t it look so pretty?

another view of Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign pretty and rustic
view of Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign

Crafting Tips

If you cut the stencil with a cutting machine, remember to remove the excess vinyl and transfer your design. Once you’ve cut the vinyl, you’ll want to “weed” the design with your weeding tool, which means removing the negative space to reveal only your letters.

Don’t forget those small spaces inside the letters, especially when working with script fonts. After your design is ready to go, you’ll use transfer tape to “pick up” the letters from the carrier sheet and then place them on your sign.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can still make this project using the pencil transfer method or use a sheet of carbon paper.

Print your design on computer paper. Turn the paper over, and scribble pencil marks over the areas where the text is printed. Place the paper on your surface (design facing up) and trace an outline of the printed letters with a pen.

The pencil on the other side will make faint marks on your wood. Remove the paper and fill in the traced letters with a permanent marker, Chalk paint marker, or black paint.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to hide nails and screws?

You can use wood putty making sure it matches your wood color. You could also Stain the wood sign frames after assembling it so you stain over the wood putty but you need to be careful not to stain the wood sign board.

How can you make this wood sign without a cutting machine?

You can take the files to a shop where they can get them cut for you, or you can buy a stencil that you like instead of using the one in this tutorial.

What type of wood do you use to make this wood sign?

For the frame, you can use firwood or pinewood, even scraps from pallets. For the wood sign itself, you can use again pinewood, firwood, and even plywood.

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DIY Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign

Camila Rojas
A Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign is the perfect way to add a rustic touch to your home decor and making it reversible saves you space too! Learn how here.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Drying time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs
Course DIY & Craft
Cuisine Farmhouse Love, woodworking
Servings 1 Piece

Equipment

  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw (if you are cutting your own boards)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 X – 230mm x 45mm x 18mm
  • 2 X – 266mm x 45mm x 18mm
  • 1 wood board 230mm x 230mm x 16mm
  • White latex paint
  • Grey latex paint
  • Wood stain your favorite color
  • Quote vinyl stencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Headless nails
  • Wood glue
  • Brushes
  • Plastic plate
  • Cotton cloth

Instructions
 

STEP 1: WHITE-WASH YOUR BOARD

  • Whitewash your wood sign board (dilute white paint with water 1:1) and sand it.
  • Sand your wood boards to avoid splinters.

STEP 2: START PAINTING YOUR FRAME BOARDS

  • Now, this is a fun part. You want to give your boards that weathered look.
  • Give your boards rough strokes with your brush using your grey paint on all 4 sides. Don’t worry about where or if it covers. This is absolutely random and imperfect.
  • Set aside to let it dry.

STEP 3: STENCIL YOUR WOOD SIGN

  • Get your wood sign board. Place your vinyl stencil as centered as you can, rub it well and remove the transfer tape.
  • Paint your pretty quote and let it dry.

STEP 4: GO BACK TO FRAME BOARDS

  • Go back to your frame boards and now repeat the prices with the white paint. Again just rough strokes randomly on all 4 sides.
  • Let it dry again.

STEP 5: PEEL OFF THE STENCILS

  • It’s time to carefully remove the stencil from your wood sign. Peel off the stencil and then remove any small pieces left behind.
  • There you go!!! SOOO pretty.
  • Repeat the process with the other side of your wood sign.

STEP 6: SAND YOUR FRAME BOARDS

  • Again go back to your frame wood boards and sand them. Sand them hard and well. You want to remove as much as possible of the paint. You will see that a lot of the paint got into the wood design and will look like oooold wood.
  • When finished, clean your wood pieces very well to remove dust.

STEP 7: STAIN YOUR FRAME BOARDS

  • Then stain your boards with your favorite stain color, I used walnut.
  • Apply the stain to all boards and then rub it with a cotton cloth.
  • Go back to your wood sign and sand off a little bit of your design. Just a little to give it the same old look.

STEP 8: TIME TO FRAME YOUR REVERSIBLE FARMHOUSE WOOD SIGN.

  • Present all the pieces to make sure everything fits.
  • Remove the wood sign and glue 2 sides and the base boards.
  • Then nail them together.
  • Insert the wood sign as centered as you can inside the frame.
  • Secure with nails on the sides.
  • Lastly, put the last side in place and add glue to the ends. Secure with nails.
  • There you go! One pretty and Reversible Farmhouse Wood Sign that you can use any time anywhere!
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looks great. The instructions are really easy to follow and the result looks so professional. Thanks for sharing this in such detail.