Last year I created a big Farmer’s Market sign out of an old chippy window frame and I took it to my first market to sell. My sweet friend Janna with Yellow Prairie Interiors ended up purchasing it. She has styled it so many different ways in her beautiful home and I’ve had lots of people ask me to make more. Finally a year later I found another chippy frame and knew that I had to make another Farmer’s Market sign to put in my booth.
To create this Farmer’s Market sign I cut a piece of 1/4″ plywood to fit the frame and painted it with General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White. Once the paint dried I nailed the plywood to my old chippy frame with my Ryobi brad nailer. Then it was time to paint the grain sack inspired stripes. I just taped off where I wanted the stripes and quickly painted a coat of Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray (my fav neutral gray). Since I was going to distress the stripes I didn’t worry about the paint coverage being perfect. When the stripes were dry I distressed them. Just take a piece of sandpaper and rub until you get the distressed look you want.
Ok, now it’s time to paint the words. There are many ways to do this but here’s what I do. I use charcoal.
I buy this at Michaels but I’m sure you can find it at other craft stores as well.
Print out your words from your computer. Make sure they all fit on your sign. Then flip the paper to the backside and trace the letters with your charcoal. Then flip the paper back over so the printed words are face up. Place the paper on your sign and grab a pen or pencil and trace the letters again. When you remove the paper you will see the charcoal outline on your sign. Now you can paint!
You can use this transfer system to make any sign you want! The possibilities are endless!
What do you think of this farmer’s market sign? There are so many fun ways to style this in your home! I did take this sign to my booth at The Fussy Duck and it has already sold. If I find another frame I will definitely make another one! Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget you can follow along with my daily posts on Instagram.