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DIY Farmhouse Sign with Typography

I’d like to introduce you to Bo and Mo, my latest thrift store finds. Why on earth would I bring these home, you say? Well, they’re wooden, cute, and full of potential. Do you see it? This chessboard duo is about to help me show you how to create a DIY farmhouse sign with typography. Oh yeah! {{twangy banjo music begins}}

Wooden Animal Cutouts from the Thrift Store |

Okay, so maybe I’m a little nutty for seeing potential in these two pieces, but you can’t blame me for trying. If you take a closer look, Mo (the cow) is just a wood cutout with a chessboard painted on, plus that snazzy bell necklace. However, Bo, on the other hand, has the chessboard routed into her side. Poor thing.

Country Cute Chessboard Sheep before makeover |

One might ask why in the world that feature was added to either and my answer is…I HAVE NO IDEA. tsk. They’re not sanely big enough to use, so I’m chalking it up to country cute decor taste.


However, since cutesy country is not my thing, it’s time to break out my tools & supplies to get this DIY farmhouse sign tutorial underway. First, I went to my wood stash and found a couple of planks that would suit the result I’m after. The long one used to be my sons’ desk, and the other is scrap.

Reclaimed Wood Boards for DIY Farmhouse Sign by Prodigal Pieces |

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First up, Mo is my first subject for a redo. I took off that bell necklace reserving all parts for a higher purpose. Then, I grabbed my Flat Black spray paint to give my little cow friend an fresh new look. Buh-bye chessboard cutesy thing. Notice her tail is sticking out of the box so it doesn’t get crunchy with paint.

Rustoleum Flat Black Spray Paint for DIY Farmhouse Sign |

Next, in between coats of the black paint, I applied a few coats of this Antique White Stain to the shorter of the two boards.

Applying Antique White Stain to Wood Board for DIY Farmhouse Sign |

Meanwhile, during cure time for the paint and stain I began work on Bo’s makeover. It’s pretty much the same process as I’m doing with Mo, but with a different colors and outcome. Eventually you will see the end result in a bit.


Once all the pieces cured, I assembled them with my nailer. In addition, I also added sawtooth hanging hardware to the back. I basically reused the hardware I removed earlier, and added extra for safety.

Finally, it’s time to add some typography you know I adore. You can see all my past typography posts HERE. You can even view my videos to see the process for different techniques. I’ve added this one for you to see.

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Today, I used my favorite transfer method to add the custom typography I created to apply a design. Then, I hand-painted it in. Such a task is my kinda therapy. It allows me to just let go and create.

Hand-painting typography on DIY Farmhouse Sign Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

For the final step, I used a brown wax and my Square Brush (dedicated to waxing) to apply an aged look. It also adds a layer of protection to my work.

Waxing Rustic DIY Farmhouse Sign |


At last and true to my word, here are Mo and Bo with their new look and purpose. I love it! First, let’s see Mo…

Farmhouse Style Kitchen with Handmade Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor

DIY Farmhouse Creamery Sign Created from Thrifted Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

Isn’t Mo cuuuute?! Yes, I’m a sucker for farm animals. Therefore, there’s no denying that.

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Decor Created from Reclaimed Parts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #kitchen #homedecor

In addition, I also have to mention that the door you see on our basement entry is from the curb. Originally, there was an ugly hollow core door and I wanted some charm. I grabbed this one and convinced my husband, JC, to let me have at it. One of the panes was busted and I replaced that, added a thrifted curtain, and it’s good to go. Gotta love #trashure! Also, you can see how I’ve replaced other panes in this project HERE if you have a hankering to learn.

Also, an extra bonus for you is how to create that cotton wreath for pennies. You can view the full video tutorial in this past post HERE.

Next, it’s Bo’s turn. Do you name things too? Just askin’ for a friend. tsk.

Simple Farmhouse Bedroom with Handmade Wool Co. Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor

Notice that my other baa ram ewes are joining in the fun. If you’d like to see how I made the one on the left, HEAD HERE. You can get the pattern for the lumpy gal on the right, OVER HERE. Similarly, you can get the tutorial for my clothespin sheep tutorial in this post (video tutorial there too).

Homespun Wool Co. Farmhouse Sign Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor

Handmade Woolly Sheep by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #crafts #farmhouse


Are you inspired? I hope you are. Honestly, I can’t say enough how affordable and easy it can be to make your house your home. You just need to have a DIY spirit!

Rustic Farmhouse Sheep Sign from Reclaimed Finds | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

Likewise, if you’d like to own either of these signs, you can find them available in my online shop. (SOLD) Plus, don’t forget to sign up for my free newsletter for discounts and freebies.

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Also, pin and share this DIY farmhouse sign tutorial. You just know there are more animal cutouts out there just waiting for some typography fun.

Two country cute thrifted finds become part of a fun DIY farmhouse sign tutorial | Come see the second sign and get the details from Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor #crafts #budgetdecor

Up next, a stack of pallets I received from my neighbor will be helping me change up my decor. Head HERE to see.

Weathered Pallets Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces |

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