In This House We Do Family Wood Sign Tutorial

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In This House We Do Wood Sign Tutorial

Have you seen those wood signs around that have fun quotes or sayings? I have seen them online, in stores and in peoples homes.  They are a fun statement piece and I have always wanted one.  One of the problems I have found as I DIY more and more things is that I have a hard time buying something that I just know I could make.   The wood signs did seem a little daunting though for some reason.  I put off making one for a long time until finally a really neat saying came into the Silhouette Online store.  I loved everything it said.  Some signs have just one or two parts that I am like, meh… I could do without that, but I loved every part of this saying.  The shape is from Kolette Hall (one of my faves!) and Kolette did all the hard work! I just had to put the phrase onto the wood, no picking fonts or arranging things or stewing over wordage.  So here is what I did to put it all together!

prepare wood for sign

First I prepped my wood.  I cut it to size and then rolled on some white paint.  I did a few light coats of white paint but I didn’t worry about making it perfect or having even coverage.  Then I let the paint dry.

vinyl wood signWhile the paint was drying I prepared my vinyl.  I used this phrase from Kolette Hall:

In This House We Do- Layered Phrase

The final shape size was 19.05 x 7.355 inches.  I cut it out on vinyl and then weeded out all the pieces that I didn’t want.

Apply Vinyl to sign with Transfer Paper

I put transfer paper on my vinyl and then transferred the vinyl onto the  painted white wood.  I CAREFULLY removed the transfer paper.  I had a mini battle in my head because the cream colored vinyl on the white sign looked pretty cool.  The neutral lover in me was fighting hard but I wanted to see my painted sign through to the end so I carried on.

second coat of paint wood sign

I used a paint brush to paint on the blue color for my sign.  After the paint dried I peeled off my vinyl letters.  There was some bleed through which I was a little bummed about at first but after I sanded the edges and sanded the letters, the bleed through added to the charm and distressed look of the sign.

Family Rules Sign Tutorial

DIY distressed wood sign

I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the whole thing was to do.  I can’t believe I waited so long to give the whole painted wood sign thing a try.  I am definitely going to make some more wood signs!! If you want to make a wood sign and need some more good phrases or sayings, Kolette Hall has a TON of them!

You can see her most recent sayings in the Silhouette online store by going HERE. 

Distressed Wood Sign Decoration

My We Do Family wood sign is currently residing on our entryway table.  It gives a good pop of color to my front room and I love to read the words on the sign.  It encompasses the feeling that I want to have in my home.  I want a home centered around family, forgiveness, mistakes, hugs and most of all around love.

In This House We Do Wood Sign_Family

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  1. I love how this turned out. I’ve also been wanting to make one of these wooden signs but keep putting it off. You have me wanting to go buy some wood so I can make one.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Erika! It was so much easier to make than I thought it would be! I would love to see yours if you end up making one!

  2. Love this!! What type wood do you use, if you don’t mind me asking.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Hi Cindy! I am not sure exactly what kind of wood it was. It was a piece of scrap wood that I had in my garage. I think it might be pine? Pretty much any wood would work thought!

  3. Michele says:

    Love the sign! What type of machine did you use to cut out the vinyl? I have been thinking of trying this style out. Thanks!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Hi Michele! I used a Silhouette CAMEO to cut out my vinyl. I love my Silhouette and it is so versatile! You can use it for so much more than just vinyl. If you are thinking about buying one, you can click on the blue Silhouette Circle image on my right side bar and it will take you to the Silhouette site. I am an affiliate for Silhouette (that is how much I love my machine!) and so I highly recommend buying one! You can also see more of my Silhouette projects by clicking on the Silhouette tab at the top of my blog. Let me know if you have any questions!

  4. Debora Cadene says:

    What was the actual size of the wood you used for this? Love your work!!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks for your comment Debora! The wood was 20 inches x 8 inches. Are you thinking of making one?

      • Debora Cadene says:

        Hi again…. Yes, I would love to make one of these and send it along to my daughter and her family, but making the “executive” decision as to size always stops me up. (sorry for the repetitive question here….) Was the wood you used an actual 8″ across, or was it a 1×8 plank, which is about 71/4 across, or did you use a cut piece of plywood? So far, on the few pieces I’ve managed to not mess up, the planks seem to work better for painting. When I’ve used plywood, the paint wants to follow the grains, no matter how tight i’ve laid that stencil down.

        thank you again Lisa..
        P.S, your site is awesome, and the pictures you take are wicked.


  5. Love this sign!…

    Thinking of making it with my silhouette… I’m a little nervous as I haven’t used it that much, but what could it hurt?

    Wondering what the size of your wood is? thanks!

    • greylustergirl says:

      My wood was about 20 inches high x 8 inches across. I hope you give it a try! The more you play around with it, the easier it becomes!