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I’ve mentioned before how we live in a small apartment. It’s also old and it’s a basement unit so it’s dark. BUT that doesn’t mean that I can’t add things that make me happy. I came up with this easy and inexpensive Bakery Sign DIY Farmhouse Décor.
Unfortunately, since we rent, we won’t be ship lapping the walls or updating the paint. I’d love to take off the popcorn ceilings but we live with it and it works. But I wanted to get some more things on the walls and update some of our décor. I’ve been wanting to make a farmhouse style sign and came up with this bakery sign DIY farmhouse décor and love the way it turned out.
I took a 12″ x 24″ pine board and stained it a dark color. I love Early Americana by Minwax.
Wait until the stain is really dry. I like to set it outside and wait for a couple of hours. Then I used 1 inch painters tape and taped off the edges of the sign. Press down the edges really well. I like to run a credit card over the tape to really seal it to the wood.
I then painted on two coats of white paint until it was well covered. While the paint is still a little wet, peel the tape off. I love a crisp line.
I used my silhouette cutter to make a vinyl stencil using a san serif font but I’ve seen these in more traditional serif fonts and they look great. I just kept it simple and filled the space with the letters.
I applied the stencil to the middle of the board and painted a thin coat of white paint over the letters. When that was barely dry, I painted black over the letters. While the black paint is still a little wet, I carefully pulled off the stencil. Once it was all dry, I scuffed everything up with sandpaper. I wanted the white to be bright so I just let the stain show through instead of adding more on the top and risking the white going too dark.
I added two sawtooth hangers 5 inches in from both sides. I then put a piece of painters tape on the back and marked where the sawtooth’s were and where the middle of the board was. I then took the painters tape off and hung it on the wall and hammered nails into the sawtooth markings. I then hung the board right on top and it was perfect. I didn’t want to risk this sign falling on any of our heads so I used the two hangers to be safe. It’s very sturdy and has withstood my shaking and taping and hasn’t moved but it is very easy to remove when I want to update the space or if we move.