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DIY Coffee Bar Sign with Farmhouse Style

This DIY coffee bar sign project is EASY! Anyone can do it. You’ll use a piece of scrap wood, some vinyl lettering in your favorite font, and paint. Seal it all up with a coat of Mod Podge.

Skills Required: None. You’ll be painting and cutting vinyl. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can accomplish this project.

Scrap wood projects DIY coffee bar sign

I have a TON of scrap pieces of wood in my shed I save from projects. You never know what other home decor projects you can do with it. You know what scrap wood is really good for? Making signs! It’s easy to make them for all over the home.

Coffee Sign for the Kitchen

I’ve been working on redecorating my kitchen, and one of the first things I wanted to do was create a coffee bar area. I had everything set up, but I thought it needed a cute DIY coffee bar sign. I wanted it to be in farmhouse style, so I came with with this idea using a very similar font to Rae Dunn. I love how it turned out!

Finding Scrap Wood

Before we dive into the project, I wanted to give you a few sources for scrap wood. My goal in making these kinds of signs is to always get the wood for free.

So far I’ve been successful, because it seems everyone has scraps they’d love to give away. Here are some good sources:

  1. Pallets from behind grocery stores
  2. Local hardware store
  3. Big box home improvement store – ask near the saw area
  4. Construction sites
  5. Dumpsters behind woodworking shops
  6. Neighbor or friend’s scrap wood pile (just ask around!)

Of course wherever you get the wood from, be sure to ask before you take it and also be careful (like at a construction site).

Make sure you handle the wood with gloves if there might be nails in it, and keep some sandpaper on hand if the wood is a little rough and you need to smooth it out.

Once I grabbed the perfect size piece of scrap wood, I got started! Here’s the how-to.

Make a DIY coffee bar sign out of scrap wood

Make a DIY Coffee Bar Sign

Gather These Supplies

Getting Started

As you can see I used this wood to test out some paint colors. Obviously, it didn’t work well. 😉 So, time to paint over.

Painted board for my coffee bar sign

Step 1 – Paint Your Board

I used a pretty dark blue for the background color of my design. When I finally do a kitchen reveal post on my blog, you will see this blue it’s an accent color in the kitchen.

I painted a total of two layers and let dry 20 minutes each.

Martha Stewart Satin paint - Deep Sea

Step 2 – Tape off Sides

I wanted the sides to show the pretty blue color, so I added some “handy dandy” washi tape to the edges and taped it off. This washi tape will act as a resist.

Tape off sides of your coffee bar sign with washi tape

Step 3 – Create Your Stencil

I used my “trusty” Silhouette Cameo to cut out my wording for the sign, and basically make a stencil for the paint. I found an amazing font that actually matched my coffee cups (Moon Flower).

If you have any questions about cutting with your Silhouette Cameo, please let me know in the comments and I will be happy to help!

Create a stencil using your Silhouette Cameo
But first coffee stencil made using adhesive vinyl

Step 4 – Add Letters

I transferred my wording to the board using transfer paper, making sure to smooth it down. You want to make sure the vinyl sticks to the board very well so that when you paint, it won’t bleed through.

Transfer vinyl to a wood board using clear transfer tape for vinyl

Step 5 – Add Final Coat of Paint

I painted over the whole sign with some white chalk paint. I did a total of two coats and let each coat dry 20 minutes.

Paint white chalk paint on top of a wood sign project

Then I decided to lightly brush some gray chalk paint on top. Just to give it an “aged” look.

Paint gray chalk paint on top of a wood sign project

Step 6 – Pull Letters Off

This is the fun part!!

After your paint has dried, it’s time to pull off the letters and see your work!

Scrap wood projects pull the letters off

Step 7 –  Seal with Mod Podge

Finally, I needed to seal my sign. I used some “trusty” Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer. I did a total of two coats, letting each one dry an hour. This will work great to keep my sign protected.

Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer Gloss

Aren’t scrap wood projects fun?

But first coffee scrap wood sign

Finishing Touches

Now I’m ready to display my “But First . . . Coffee” sign! I think it turned out pretty cute.

Make a DIY coffee bar sign with paint and Mod Podge

I plan on hanging it on the wall with some Command strips. I use them all the time; I hate putting holes in the wall if I don’t have to. Plus it helps so I don’t have to add hooks to the back of my signs!

Yield: 1 sign

DIY Coffee Bar Sign

Scrap wood projects DIY coffee bar sign

Make a farmhouse style, DIY coffee bar sign in a few easy steps! This Rae Dunn style sign is perfect for beginners.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Acrylic paint - two colors
  • Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer
  • Adhesive vinyl
  • Clear transfer tape for vinyl
  • Piece of scrap wood, any size
  • Sandpaper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Paint your scrap wood with acrylic paint. Let dry. Paint multiple coats if necessary.
  2. Tape off the sides so that you can keep the base paint color around the edges.
  3. Create a stencil using the Silhouette Cameo and adhesive vinyl.
  4. Add your vinyl letters to the board using transfer tape. Smooth down thoroughly.
  5. Paint over the whole sign with your second color and let dry.
  6. Pull off the adhesive letters and seal your project with Mod Podge. Let dry.

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Did You Make This Project?

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This DIY coffee bar sign was probably one of the fastest I have made. I plan on making a couple more for my kitchen soon. Stay tuned! Now I’d love for you to let me know your favorite scrap wood projects in the comments.


If you enjoyed this DIY coffee bar sign, check out these other ideas for decorating your home:

Mary White

Thursday 27th of October 2016

THIS IS REALLY A QUESTIO. I HAVE A WOOD CARVING THAT IS STARTING TO FADE. WILL MOD PODGE PROTECT IT FROM BRIGHT LIGHT?

Mary White

Thursday 27th of October 2016

I HAVE USED MOD PODGE FOR SEVERAL YEARS BUT HAVE NEVER TRIED IT ON A WOOD CARVING. MY SON GAVE ME THE CARVING AND HE HAS SINCE PASSED AWAY. I DON'T WANT TO RUIN THE CARVING. IT IS VERY LIGHT AND I AM TRYING TO KEEP IT FROM ANY MORE FADING.I LOVE MOD PODGE AND WILL ALWAYS USE IT ON MY PROJECTS.I ALSO LIKE THE IDEAS I GET FROM THIS POST.

Ursula Rosien

Wednesday 28th of September 2016

Those are my first words in the AM! Crazy cool! I just saw another lovely project over at Persia Lou's using a silouette... It's a sign that I must get one ;)

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