Grocery & Market Signs

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I love to make signs

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip

I like to copy signs I've seen on Pinterest like the Farmer's Market Sign Donna from Funky Junk Interiors made.

But now Donna has a new line of stencils called Old Sign Stencils

They are awesome stencils and now you can make this sign at home too with her Farmer's Market Stencil.

She is also working on a whole new batch of great stencils for signs.

Donna's coveted sign

This one is hanging in my kitchen since the day after she made hers. I just love it!

Other signs are my own creation...

but Donna is working on a Grocery sign so you can make one of those too!

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip

For this sign I'm using boards from an old repurposed garage cabinet.

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip

The boards were beautiful but a pain to disassemble. 

Once I got them apart I began scraping off the peeling paint that hadn't fallen off already.

I sealed the woods with a matte varnish before I did the lettering so more paint wouldn't chip off...

I printed out my letters for MARKET on the computer then traced it onto the sign.

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip

Using Old Sign Stencils will be much easier next time!
chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip

I hand painted the word FARMER.

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip

When the lettering dried sanded the words then used clear wax to seal the surface.

chippy paint Market and Grocery signs with a painting tip

My signs look quite old and authentic with this awesome
chippy paint!


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  1. That is really funny and a really great idea to use junk mail! The sign looks really awesome!

  2. Love it! Super easy. Thanks for sharing. ChicByTab

  3. Love your signs, Susan! Great tip for doing the lettering, too! I don't know why I never thought of that. It's simple and free. I'm always getting tons of those glossy post card junk mailings.

  4. You are too funny! ;) And the signs are fabulous, as always!


  5. I love the sign and I appreciate your helpful tips! Thank you so much. I didn't know what you meant at first about being shut down. Haha! Yay for re-cycling!


  6. Love your signs! Vintage (or faux vintage!) add so much character and warmth to decor.

  7. I love signs too. Your's are great! I love how you recycled, save money by making your own lettering :)

    Have a blessed weekend!


  8. great tips, I love your signs Susan!

    I can't paint a lick... that's why I stencil everything. I AM really good at that. lol

    have a great weekend


  9. OK... so you gave me an idea! I wonder what a sign would look like if I printed out letters on junk mail, and then mod podged those to the wood? Hmmm.......

  10. You caught me at "Matt finish varnish."
    I'm looking for something with NO sheen! Could you tell me what you used?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Christine! The matte varnish I used is made by DecoArt. You can find it on their website

    2. Excellent. I'm off!
      Thanks so much.


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