DIY Vintage Bakery Sign

Y’all, Pinterest is dangerous to me. When I spend more than 30 minutes a day on it, I find myself starting too many new projects. That being said, I was inspired by all the people on Pinterest who have “recreated” the BAKERY SIGN similar to the one that Joanna uses on Fixer Upper. I wanted one, but didn’t want to pay the $70-$150. This is where I decided it was time to create my own DIY VINTAGE BAKERY SIGN

DIY Vintage Bakery Sign
How I made this Bakery Sign, inspired by the show “Fixer Upper”

I was excited about this project, because I had been wanting a vintage wall saying for a while now!

Let’s start with the materials list:

  1. 1 by 6
  2. white paint
  3. sand paper
  4. bakery sign printout from a laser printer
  5. Mod Podge


First, I had to head to Lowe’s to pick up a 1 by 6 for $4.95.

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Next I painted it with a layer of white milk paint.

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I did sand and “distress” it a little.

The next step involves having the letters printed. NOTE: for this transfer method to work the letters needed to be printed from a LASER printer, not inkjet. Most home printers are inkjet.

I went to our local Office Depot and had them print INVERTED (very important) BAKERY letters in Modern #20 Font. I measured the wood and told them to print the letters no larger than 5.5 inches wide. This came out to be 550 font size. They printed each letter on a separate 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper.

Next I took the letters and arranged them on the wood as I saw fit. Word of advice; cut the paper down as small as you can around the letters. This makes it easier when you have to “rub off” the excess paper after it has been transferred.
Next step; take the Mod Podge and coat the letters, then lay them face down on the wood.

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I also covered the top with one coat of Mod Podge as well. Now for the waiting game.
I waited about 3 hours (wait until its completely dry) and then I took a damp washcloth and lightly scrubbed the top layer of paper away. The idea is that the paper will peel off and leave the black letters on the wood.
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This is as I have started to wipe and lightly scrub the paper off.

You can tell I am going for a more “distressed, vintage look.”

After I scrubbed as much off as I could, I took Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Wax and covered the wood with a layer to protect and seal the letters on my vintage bakery sign.

How easy is that! With a little time and effort and not much money you can recreate the “DIY vintage Bakery Sign” look for under $10!

DIY Vintage Bakery Sign

DIY Vintage Bakery Sign

Here is a view of the DIY Bakery Sign styled for Christmas. To see more of my Christmas decor click HERE.

To see more fun crafts like this click HERE.

I hope this helps you create your own vintage style sign!

Lindsey **

49 thoughts on “DIY Vintage Bakery Sign

    1. Hi! No, I sure don’t, but you better believe when I do this again I definitely will make a video. So sorry, wish I could be of more help!
      If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

  1. This is great! I, too, always love these signs when I see them. I’m glad to know that I can make one for myself. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  2. Your directions are great. They are so clear and specific. I probably would have never considered a project like this something I could do but your directions are so clear that it seems like something I can handle. Pinning this one to give it a try over the summer. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Oh that’s great news. Thanks for the feeback, I always like to know if I’m being clear and concise. I hope your project turns out well. Good luck!

  3. Hi! I’m one of the co-hosts from the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Up. I love this beautiful DIY sign. My hubby and I are building our dream house, farm house style and i’m dreaming of all kinds of pretty, vintagey signs like this. I can totally see this in our new kitchen. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I wouldn’t want to pay that much either! Yours looks really great. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  5. So cute! I’m trying to get brave enough to make a “Farm Fresh Eggs” sign for my kitchen. Thanks, for sharing!

  6. Aw, man. I need to come to where you are. I just bought 1 x 6 boards at Lowe’s the other day, and they’re a full $8 where we are. Not a huge expense, but those little expenses add up, you know? Love your bakery sign, and appreciate the tip on laser printers. Now I know why I’ve never had success with this method. Thanks so much for joining the #happynowlinkup!

  7. I love this!! Thank you for sharing for the Waste not Wednesday Link party! You are my pick this week! It will be posted Tuesday night at 10pm EST

  8. Nice tutorial, Lindsey–anyone can do this–even me! Love the look and am so glad you linked the project up with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

thanks for stopping by, let me know what you think!

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