Farmhouse Style Signs

Farmhouse Style Signs - finished sign over the kitchen cabinetsI have been wanting a big farmhouse style sign to put in my kitchen over my cabinets. Online there are many choices, but the ones that really catch my eye are 85 to 100 dollars or more. I just knew I could do it myself, and I did! Wait til you see the results.


First, the easy part. Decide on a word or short phrase. Since I am of French descent, and I bake my own bread, I thought the French word for a bread baker would be fun. BOULANGERIE it was!

I wanted my finished product to be lightweight, not a thick piece of wood that would need to somehow be affixed to my wall, many feet up. So I turned to my old friend, foam board (also called foam core board). It comes in black or white. I purchased 5 inch stencils and used paint and good quality colored pencils that I had.

Total Time: 3 hours, including dry time

Yield: 1



  1. Layout your stencils on plain paper adjusting the spacing until it is pleasing to the eye. See my penciled version, which I adjusted often.
  2. Farmhouse Style Signs - stenciled version of the sign on paper

  3. Cut your foam board, using a utility knife, to the size of your layout. I painted a little light border around my edges. I have a long word, so I had to piece a couple pieces together. I just used glue and a scrap piece of foam board on the back to hold them together. You might have a shorter word and not need to do that.
  4. Farmhouse Style Signs - making foam board to size, also blue tape placed around the edge of the board to allow for painting an edge
  5. Stencil in the letters, using craft paint and a pouncer. I actually put registration marks on my stencils so my final product would be spaced like my penciled version.
  6. Farmhouse Style Signs - stencil lying on foam board
  7. I put a shadow line of bright blue on one side of each letter, using a colored pencil.
  8. Farmhouse Style Signs - adding a blue shadow line
    Farmhouse Style Signs

  9. As you can see from the finished product, I glued painted dowels set into a small piece of scrap wood to act as supports. This makes moving it around so much easier up over the cabinets.
  10. Farmhouse Style Signs - painted dowels on wooden bases

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August 7, 20200 found this helpful

Looks great! Way to go.

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August 7, 20200 found this helpful

Looks nice! I am meaning to make an EAT sign for my kitchen. :)

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August 8, 20200 found this helpful

Love that idea. I was thinking of EAT as well, but ended up with an 11 letter word that was much more time consuming! Have fun making your sign!

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