DIY Projects

Painted Barn Wood Sign

Happy Saturday Sweet Peeps!!!

The weekend is here and it’s a beautiful morning up on the hill!

So yesterday I made a DIY video outside on my porch.  I spent most the morning painting and preparing for the video….it was so much fun!

Several times a month I host DIY pallet painting parties at my home.  One of the gals that has come out to a party, and works at my son’s school, asked me to paint a “parking” sign for my son’s teacher’s baby shower…wow that was a mouthful…hope you got all that!

She supplied the piece of barn wood and I did the rest.


I used my new favorite product called Poppies Paint Powder.  This stuff is magical I’m telling you! It comes in a cute little brown box, with mixing directions on the back. The paint powder can be mixed with any latex water based paint.

About a month ago Lowes  ran a sample paint special for $ .99/8oz. on Sherwin Williams, so I stocked up…..for real!


I whipped up a batch of the chalk paint using about 4 oz. of the navajo white paint, 1/8 C. of paint powder and 1 TBL of warm water. What creamy goodness!!!

Using my handy Cricut machine, I cut the letters for the word “PARKING” and an arrow.  After I sprayed the back of the letters with repositionable adhesive, I arranged them and the arrow on the sign.


 Next, I used a white paint pen to outline the letters then removed the letters, so that I could fill in them with the chalk paint I mixed up.

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I chose to do the lettering this way because it provided more control and less bleeding than under a regular stencil.

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Painting this type of detail on weathered barn wood is not for the perfectionist. The ridges in the wood make it very difficult to have crisp straight lines.

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After I filled in the letters and it dried, I applied a clear wax and let that set for about 30 minutes.

Once it dried, then I grabbed my car waxer….yep a car waxer.

My little secret tip to use on furniture or signs that I’ve applied wax on is to use a small handheld car waxer buffer this for $34.74…


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There you have it!  The completed sign….I love how it turned out.

Hope you’re weekend is a warm, sunny one and may you paint something fun this weekend!

Come following me on Facebook/lifeuponthehill for this full length DIY video project, Instagram, and Youtube!

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