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How to Make Rustic Wood Signs

Rustic wood signs have a huge respect in the world. They also cause a huge admiration. Why? They are elegant, look vintage and they are different than all other signs you can buy or make. Due to the original design and look, you may believe that making rustic wood signs is extremely complicated, or even impossible. Maybe you think that you should make one and expose it to the elements in order to get that, rustic look. Actually, both beliefs are wrong. If you want to how to make rustic wood signs you should follow these simple steps.

1. Get pine board

This is the best material for rustic wood signs. It is soft enough to allow you to customize it as you want, but it is durable as well. The first step is the same as in other cases. Sand the pine board. As usual, use rough and then soft sand paper. Once this step is completed, wipe it with a piece of cloth.

2. Paint it

This is probably the most important step here! You will need a brush and stain or paint. Carefully paint it. Make sure you apply thin layers to the board. Then, use the cloth to wipe the excess stain. This is the secret on how to make the sign look rustic! By wiping the excess stain, you create an old look, like when the board is exposed to the elements for a longer period of time. The more you wait, darker the color will be. You can simply decide on this fact, all by yourself. Note: If you make a mistake and want to repeat the process, leave the board to get dry and then remove the paint with sandpaper.

3. Import the letters

Print the letters on a piece of paper. Place the paper on the pipe board and use a ball point pen to imprint the letters and symbols on the wood. Make sure you spend a lot of time in order to get a precise and error-free look. It is useful to use painter’s tape to stick the paper on the board.

4. Add hangers

Depending on the size of your sign, you will need between 1 and 3 hangers. One of them always must be in the center, if a sign has a square shape. Add more hangers if needed.

5. Paint the letters

Use a small brush (art style) in order to paint all the symbols. Be careful and precise. Also, don’t worry if you make tiny mistakes. They won’t be seen from a distance. When done, place a sign to get dry and you are done.

Now you know how to make rustic wood signs. The procedure is the same for all sub-types. You can make countless modifications, styles, and additions. Just make sure to use pipe board (it is soft and durable) and to wipe the excess paint with a cloth. If not, you will get a generic look.

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