How to make a Vintage French Farmhouse Sign


Hello everyone! It’s Sally here to show you how I made my French Farmhouse sign for my kitchen! I just LOVE the way it turned out and the best part is it really is SO easy!  Trust me, YOU CAN DO THIS!


1 Piece of 1/2 inch thick plywood cut to preferred size ( mine is about 2.5 ft x 3.5 ft ) Home Depot or Lowe’s will be happy to cut any size for you

Chalk Paint in white or off white ( I used Maison Blanche in Ivory)

Paint brush ( I know I show a roller, but I took that picture before realizing the sponge roller was a mistake, and then forgot to take another picture! lol)

Iron Orchid Designs Decor Transfer ( click on the text to go directly to the product!)

sand paper

glaze ( you can make your own with acrylic paint and water or buy a pre made glaze. you can also use distress wax such as Annie Sloan’s dark wax ) I used Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Glaze finish in Ebony (this was a glaze and protectant in one, so I didn’t wax after)

Did you gather your supplies?? Ok, then the hard part is behind you!


As you can see, I found my plywood laying around. It was stained and ugly. We’re about to take care of that!


I actually didn’t like the way the roller worked, so on my second coat I used a paint brush. I painted two coats of Ivory by Maison Blanche.


Try your best to ignore my messy garage ( I do!) The next step ( after your paint is dry of course ) is to place your transfer onto your painted plywood. Keep the protective backing on until you’ve played around and have a good idea of where you want the transfer to go. Some of the image might not fit onto your board, and that’s ok, our transfer designs are created to be flexible and you can cut out parts and the design integrity remains! Trim off any parts of the image you won’t be using so you can  Be sure to save it for another project!

Ok, now take off the protective backing and carefully lay your image down and tape into place using any kind of painters tape, washi tape… something that won’t pull up your paint when you remove. Here is a video of me adhering my transfer


All that powder is sanded residue. Watch the final sanding and glazing of my French Farmhouse Sign on video here:

I’m so proud of the way it came out and now you know how easy it is! Go make yourself one or two! I’m going to make another one real soon for above my piano.







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  1. heather on May 10, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I love the way the sign turned out, Sally! It has a beautiful aged character that just pleases the eye…thank you for sharing the process with us. I can’t wait to create with these amazing transfers…

    • Sally Griswold Sally Griswold on May 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Heather!! I cannot wait either! You may hear a loud squeal coming from cali when they finally start shipping!!

  2. Cyndy on May 12, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I love it!!!!!!!!!! Great job!! Cannot wait for these transfers to come out!!! I’ve got the projects lining up….

    • Sally Griswold Sally Griswold on May 17, 2016 at 11:39 am

      yay! Me too Cyndy! Are you signed up for our newsletter? That’s where we’ll announce it first! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  3. Gloria on June 21, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Wow this is amazing! Just received the transfers yesterday and I can’t wait to start.

    Thank you for your giving me great inspiration!!!

    • Sally Griswold Sally Griswold on June 21, 2016 at 11:40 am

      You’re so welcome Gloria! So glad you got your hands on some, please let us know what you think and show us what you made by posting to our Facebook page! We just love that!

  4. Debbie Moody on October 30, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Where is part 2 video. It’s not there? 🙁

  5. Annie Bateman on July 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Help where is the part two video

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