DIY round last name established sign with a modern farmhouse look

dark stained round wood disc sign. Sign is half stained in dark Kona and half painted in cream. Sign reads Abel est 2017 and is sitting on a rusty metal chair with an old window behind the wood sign

DIY ROUND LAST NAME ESTABLISHED SIGN

How to make your own rustic farmhouse painted last name sign using your Cricut or another cutting machine.

Rustic farmhouse round last name sign with established date. Black lettering. Half stained half painted in chalk paint white. Sitting on a rusty metal chair with an old window behind it and a wood crate off to the side on a front porch.

Wow! I am so loving this round last name established sign I made for our realtor! It turned out even better than I thought it was going to. Usually, I distress my wood signs, like this bless our nest sign, even if its just a tiny bit to give it a little bit of its own original character.

But this one I left completely un-distressed (yup I’m using that one as a real word lol!). It’s more of a modern farmhouse look to me, and holy cow I love it!

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My husband and I bought our very first house, you can read about our first DIY home project here, and our realtor was AMAZING! Because she worked her butt off giving us such a wonderful first-time home buying experience we wanted to give her a special thank you gift. I knew she loved personalized things for her home and I had a hunch she was more of a modern farmhouse kind of girl and not a chippy shiplap kind of girl.

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I spent hours trying to find the perfect font for her gift and finally settled on one I found on www.dafont.com. Oh, the anxiety of finding the right font. I swear I spend more time picking a font for my Cricut projects than I do actually making the craft…please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.

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How to make a round last name sign for your modern farmhouse décor

Round last name established sign

How to make your own rustic farmhouse painted last name sign using your Cricut or other cutting machine.
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Cost: $

Instructions

  • STAIN YOUR BASE
  • TAPE OFF THE BASE
  • PAINT A BASE COAT
  • SECOND BASE COAT
  • PEEL THE TAPE OFF
  • APPLY THE STENCIL
  • SEAL THE STENCIL
  • PAINT THE STENCIL
  • PEEL UP THE STENCIL
  • LET DRY

DIY ROUND LAST NAME MODERN FARMHOUSE SIGN

1. STAIN YOUR BASE

I started with a pre-stained round wood base. If you are new to staining check out this quick video I made on how to stain wood easily without a giant mess. Be sure to let your sign DRY COMPLETELY for the recommended time according to the stain you use. If it’s not totally dry the stain will seep through to the paint and cause ugly unwanted marks.

2. TAPE OFF THE BASE

Using wide painter’s tape I taped off approx. 2/3 of my wood base to paint.

making a round painted wood sign. Wood is stained in a dark brown, Kona. Using blue wide painter's tape to tape off an area on the circle board to paint. Background is a paint splattered drop cloth to protect the surface of the table.

To be sure that there were no air bubbles in the tape I used my vinyl squeegee and pressed along the seam of the tape.

Dark stained wood, Kona in color, being prepped for painting. Woman has taped off the sign using wide blue painter's tape. She is using a blue vinyl squeegee to press out any air bubbles that are under the tape. Paintbrush and paint pallet on the paint splattered drop cloth that is covering the table.

3. PAINT A BASE COAT

I used chalk paint to paint my base, the color sheepskin (I know weird name but it’s pretty!) Chalk paint isn’t for all paint projects but I do like to use it when painting over dark stain because it has great coverage.

Round stained wood base, in the color Kona, used for making painted wood signs. Women is holding a bottle of chalkpaint, in the color sheepskin. A light beige off white color. She is also holding a wide paintbrush for painting signs or general crafts. Wood circle disc is setting on a paint spattered drop cloth to keep the table protected from craft projects.

Since I didn’t seal this sign I was sure to paint downward pulling my brush away from the tape line. If you pull your brush up toward the tape you could risk paint bleed underneath the tape line.

Women painting a wood sign. Round dark stained, in the color Kona, wooden disc taped off with blue wide painter's tape. She is using a downward motion to paint the wooden sign with chalk paint. The sign is sitting on a drop cloth to protect the table from craft projects.

I also painted around the outside edge of my round wood sign.

Women painting a wood sign. Round dark stained, in the color Kona, wooden disc taped off with blue wide painter's tape. She is using a downward motion to paint the wooden sign with chalk paint. The sign is sitting on a drop cloth to protect the table from craft projects.

I like to paint a thin layer to start with, one you can still see the stain through. Then I let that dry completely.

Dark stained round disc wood sign partially painted in an off white cream color. Taped off with wide blue painter's tape. Paint pallet and wide paint brush are on the drop cloth table covering. Waiting for the paint to dry on the last name wood sign.

4. SECOND BASE COAT

After the first coat is totally dry I painted a second coat. Be sure it is dry, if you apply a second coat of paint with the first layer is still wet your paintbrush/paint will pull the first layer away from your base.

Dark stained round disc wood sign partially painted in an off white cream color. Taped off with wide blue painter's tape. Paint pallet and wide paint brush are on the drop cloth table covering. Waiting for the paint to dry on the last name wood sign.

5. PEEL THE TAPE OFF

I usually always peel the tape/stencils while my paint is still wet. It’s all personal preference though. Some people wait till their projects are semi-dry or even all the way dry before peeling but I have had great luck peeling while the paint is wet so that’s what I always recommend.

Women peeling up tape on a painted wood sign. Dark stained round disc wood sign partially painted in an off white cream color. Taped off with wide blue painter's tape. Paint pallet and wide paint brush are on the drop cloth table covering. Waiting for the paint to dry on the last name wood sign.

6. APPLY THE STENCIL

After my wood circle base was dry it was time to stencil. I used oramask stencil film to stencil on personalization. This is my go-to material for doing most of my handmade wood signs. After I weeded my design I applied the transfer tape. For this wood sign, I am using expressions transfer tape, I’ve tried several different brands and really like this one. Don’t forget you can reuse your transfer tape so don’t toss it when you’re done.

Women using scissors to cut clear transfer tape to apply  applying transfer tape to a blue personalized last name stencil for a round painted wood sign. Round wood disc is dark stained, Kona, and partially painted in an off white cream color.

After I removed the paper backing I centered my stencil sticky side down on my wood base, I just eyeballed it.

Women applying a personalized blue stencil that has clear transfer tape on it to a round stained and painted wood disc base. Blue vinyl squeegee and a paint splattered drop cloth to keep the table surface clean in the background.

Happy with the placement I used my vinyl squeegee to press the stencil down.

Women using a blue vinyl squeegee to press out air bubbles on a personalized blue stencil.

Then I peeled off the transfer tape. When you do this you want to start from one corner and work your way to the opposite corner. Be sure not to pull up when doing this, you almost want to roll it off of the stencil.

Women making a round disc personalized painted wood sign. Peeling clear transfer off of a blue stencil. Dark stained wooden circle with off white cream color paint on the bottom half of the wood sign. Vinyl squeegee and painted drop cloth in the background.

7. SEAL THE STENCIL

I almost always do this with any sign I make to help prevent paint bleed. I seal my stencil with a SUPER THIN layer of matte finish mod podge. Then I let that dry.

Women using a small paintbrush to apply clear matte finish mod podge to a stencil. Preventing paint bleed under the stencil. Round dark stained wood disc sign with an off white cream color bottom portion of the sign.  Blue vinyl squeegee and a paint splattered drop cloth on the table.

8. PAINT THE STENCIL

I chose classic black acrylic paint for my personalized wooden sign. While chalk paint is great for stenciling I recommend acrylic paint for designs with thinner lines. Acrylic paint is thinner and won’t go on too thick with this type of stencil design.

Using classic black acrylic paint to paint a personalized wood disc round sign. Wood stained in dark Kona. Stencil is blue translucent

I painted a really thin layer of black acrylic paint, you still want to be able to see the base color through the paint. Then I let that dry.

Women painting a personalized sign with black acrylic paint. Stencil is a translucent blue. Blue vinyl squeegee, scissors, drop cloth are also pictured.

Then I applied a second THIN coat of paint after the first was dry.

Women painting a personalized sign with black acrylic paint. Stencil is a translucent blue. Blue vinyl squeegee, scissors, drop cloth are also pictured.

9. PEEL UP THE STENCIL

Then I peeled my stencil up while my paint was still dry. Like I said above, this method works well for me but others like to wait till the paint is dry. I start at one corner and I pull up and across to the opposite corner.

Woman making a painted wood sign. She is peeling the blue translucent stencil up that covers the bottom portion of the round wood disc sign. Wood is stained in a dark Kona color. Painted portion of the sign is off white cream colored. Lettering is painted in black. Roll of tape, paint bottle, scissors, vinyl squeegee, and a drop cloth.

To take out all the little middle pieces I use a sharp xacto knife to lift them up and off of my wood base.

Women using an xacto knife to remove the middle pieces of the stencils off of the painted wood sign. Sign is stained in a dark Kona with off white cream colored paint. Lettering is painted in black.

10. LET DRY

I let my last name sign dry completely after peeling up the stencil.

Rustic farmhouse round last name sign with established date. Black lettering. Half stained half painted in chalk paint white. Sitting on a rusty metal chair with an old window behind it and a wood crate off to the side on a front porch.

Our realtor is going to love this handmade and personalized gift! I hope she cherishes it for years to come.

I hope you enjoyed this super simple sign painting tutorial. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them below in the comments.

Happy Crafting!

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