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DIY Rustic Wooden Sign

I am very excited about this rustic sign my sister and I just finished featuring the verse Philippians 4:8:

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Before I go any further, I must say that the idea for this sign is not my own. I saw one similar to it on an Etsy shop. However, the price tag was a little too steep for me ($40+), especially since I wanted to buy two. Believe it or not, the cost to make two of these signs was only $5!  With a lot of patience, you can make one for the cost of a latte as well.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 2-3 fence boards, depending on the size of your sign
  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Orbital sander, coarse grit sand paper
  • Semi-gloss white paint
  • Minwax’s dark Walnut Stain
  • Wood Glue and Clamps
  • Rags (2-3)
  • Polycrylic (optional)

First, I went to the hardware store and bought 3 fence boards. Each board cost about $1.60. It was not kiln dried*. When I got home, my husband cut two of the boards to make a total of 20 smaller boards (I needed 18 (9 boards for each sign) and had 2 leftover). I ended up not needing the extra fence board. Cutting up the boards was probably the most labor intensive part of the project, although my husband seems to like that sort of thing.

Once I had the 18 individual boards, I followed Joanna Gaines’ tutorial from her Magnolia blog to make new wood look old and distressed. It’s super easy. The steps are: paint with semi-gloss white paint (I already had some in the garage–it’s the same paint I use to touch up kitchen cabinets and baseboards). Sand with coarse grit paper. Lastly, wipe on Minwax’s dark walnut stain followed by lightly wiping off the stain with a second rag.

So there you have it. It’s simple! Here are some pictures from the process:


18 boards (to make 2 signs). Each piece of wood is the exactly the same size. You can make your sign any size as long as the boards are the same size.

Painting each board with semi-gloss white paint.

Painting each board with semi-gloss white paint.



The barbecue look. I didn’t like it so I sanded it down to the original wood grain (which only took about a minute per board).

After I gently sanded the white paint, this is what they looked like. I didn’t like the fact that they looked like they had been barbecued. So I flipped the boards over, sanded them down to their original wood grain, and painted them white again. Then I sanded the white paint down to make it look distressed (basically I started from the beginning again–thankfully it didn’t take long at all thanks to my orbital sander.)

Then I wiped on the Dark Walnut stain and gently wiped it off with a different rag.


I had some of this stain leftover from the coffee table I refinished.


The final result. Happy with how the wood grain looks.

The next day, I started the process of gluing each of the pieces together. This required some large clamps that thankfully my hubby already had from building a bench a few months back for my birthday. Because we didn’t have too many clamps though, it took me a few days as I waited for the glue to set and harden. I used Gorilla wood glue, and wiped off the excess with baby wipes (that’s what happens when you don’t have much time and it’s all that happens to be siting nearby).

Once all the pieces were glued, my sister painted the lettering (I took a picture but somehow my phone deleted it-ugh!). Since I never use small paintbrushes, I didn’t even dare try to paint it myself! (There are other alternatives you could try if you’re not inclined to paint letters by hand either — some people print and cut out the lettering, then trace it on the wood and fill it in with paint.)

I then covered the sign with polycrylic (an easy 2 minute step). Lastly, my husband mounted wall hanging hardware on the back.

And now for only $2.50, I have a lovely sign that will remind me of Philippians 4:8 whenever I look at it! (A much-needed reminder while I attempt to cook dinner while also dealing with less-than-happy children).


*If you buy wood that isn’t kiln dried, it may needed several days to dry out prior to painting it.


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Rachel, 7 Months

Rachel is 7 month old today!

This little sweetie is such a joy. (I know I’ve said it before!) She is mellow and quick to give a smile.


Sorry for the low quality picture.

A quick recap of her development:

She’s still nursing about 7 times in a 24 hour period, and now taking two solids a day. She’s gaining weight rapidly! She was 15 pounds even at her 6 month well baby check up appointment. Three weeks later (last week) I took her in for 5 days of low grade fevers (up to 100.9) and no other symptoms. I wanted to rule out a UTI and an ear infection (she had neither, so I guess it was a virus). Anyhow, her weight then was 15 pounds 12 ounces. She finally enjoys solids now and she’s had pretty much all veggies and fruit, although I’ve avoided giving her bananas.

Rachel was sleep trained last weekend. Sleep hadn’t really been much of an issue for her, but I needed to teach her how to sleep unswaddled and in her crib (as opposed to her rock n play). I’m not going to lie, the first night was rough! I was amazed at how long this little girl could cry. But she finally fell asleep. Surprisingly, one night was all it took! She has been sleeping exclusively in her crib and unswaddled since then. If there’s anything I learned about sleep training the second time around (we sleep trained Josh, too), it’s that it’s way easier to cope with the crying when you’ve been through it before and know that progress will eventually come.

She’s in 6 and 9 month clothing. Don’t ask me when this happened. She just got out of 3 month clothing, and flew right out of 6 month jammies. Pants that she was wearing 3 weeks ago are suddenly capris. I had to go buy a ton of (used) clothes for her last weekend because she had no shorts or sleepers that fit!

She loves the jumparoo and sitting in her bumbo chair. Believe it or not she still likes to be in the swing. (I’m probably stunting her development somehow by letting her be rocked in it most days. I should take it out to the garage.) She is sitting somewhat on her own but tips over fairly easily at this point. And forget about crawling. The girl hates being on her tummy and rolls over immediately! Josh did the same thing. I guess she’ll crawl when she feels the need to. At this point she is often very content to just watch me work in the kitchen or her brother play. Like I said… she’s mellow.

I returned back to work about a month ago and I’m SO thankful that she has slept while I’ve been gone. I always feel a little bit nervous about leaving her since she doesn’t take a bottle. I think my husband feels a little anxious about it too. Still, going back to work (very minimally) has been fun for me and I enjoy using my brain in a different capacity.

Today is hubby’s birthday so we are busy today making cards and frosting cakes.

Hope you have a great Thursday!


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