Love, Pomegranate House


Vintage Wooden Signs

I have a thing for old wooden signs. You know, those gorgeous vintage signs you see in pictures of quaint, little New England B&Bs? To buy one normally costs a pretty penny. So I came up with a way to make my own vintage wooden signs. Alright, they may not really be vintage since I bought the wood last week, but they sure do look vintage!

I have a few of these signs around our home. You haven’t really seen them before because they were created before I started blogging. The one above is the “love verse” from 1 Corinthians 13 and it hangs above our TV.

And this beauty hangs in our kitchen. It was the very first wood sign I made and I am still madly in love with it. You see, I loooove baking. I like cooking, but baking is where it is at. So I made this adorable sign featuring our last name and the year the hubs and I got married.

Here is a quick little pictorial for my technique for these vintage wooden signs:

A few little notes about these steps:

Step 1: I got this piece of wood cut for free for me by the lovely people at Home Depot. {Love that store… it is probably my favorite place to shop and dream}.

Step 2: My stain was my homemade steel wool, coffee grounds, & vinegar stain. It looks quite different from the results I showed in my original tutorial. That is something I really love about it! It’s very “Forrest Gump” {you never know what you gonna get!}

Step 3: I created my template in Photoshop, but you could just as easily use Word. To get the pages to all print out instead of scaling it down in size you need to set the print setup page to “tile all pages”.

Step 4: No real tips here. Except that it can be a little bit messy. Just a wee bit.

Step 5: You don’t need to push extra hard or anything. Just trace the letters.

Step 6: PROOF that the chalk method does work!

Step 7: I wish my hand was more steady for those tiny areas! But the hard work pays off!

When all my letters were painted and dried, I gave the whole thing a light sand to finish off my “vintage” look. As Porky the Pig would say, “that’s all, folks!” It’s a very easy technique that gives me the look I love without spending my pretty penny {it’s so shiny!}.

Any guesses as to where this beauty is going!? I’ll give you a hint, it is for my autumn decorating!