Day 13: Reclaimed Wood Sign with Bullfrogs and Bulldogs

It’s Day 13 in our 14 Days of LOVE series and Amanda is here from Bullfrogs and Bulldogs to share a really sweet and cool gift she made for her Valentine. I can’t wait for you to see what she made!

Hello Everyone! I’m Amanda, a former city girl from Seattle who got rid of my skinny jeans and chucks for a life of carharts and muck boots when I moved down to be with my love on the family vineyard right in the heart of wine country in Oregon. I would love if you stopped by and said hi sometime!

I’m so excited to be here today! A big thank you to Taryn for having me over to show you all a little project I’ve been working on for my love for Valentine’s Day.

D (my love) and I are quite obsessed with anything and everything to do with reclaimed barn wood. I’ve wanted to make a barn wood sign for some time now and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so and surprise D with it for Valentine’s Day!

This project packs a lot of sentimental punch and was super easy, not to mention very fun to make. Here is how I made it so you too can create a little reclaimed wood masterpiece if you’d like!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Choose the wood boards: Figure out the kind and what size boards you want to use. ie: pallet boards or old salvaged barn wood like I used.

Cutting : You may want your pieces to be various sizes or for them all to line up. The world is your oyster so have fun with it!

Sanding: You don’t want to get splinters do you? Make sure to sand and buff your wood down so the surface is smooth and splinter free! I used an air compressor to get every little last piece of dust off once I finished sanding.

Securing: This can be done several ways but I used some MDF board and a drill. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make sure the boards are all secured together.

Stenciling: Find the look of writing you like, I used a typewriter font I printed off the computer or if you can, free draw it!

Paint: I think we are putting this guy in our master bedroom which has blues, brown sand little yellow. I wanted to bring out the yellow so I decided to leave the boards their natural color and paint the word in a nice yellow.

And voila! Check back when we makeover our bedroom to see where I hang it!

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I LOVE how this turned out, don’t you? Thanks Amanda for sharing this with us! I’ve been wanting to do a reclaimed wood sign and this just gave me the motivation. I’ll be back tomorrow with MY 14 Days of LOVE post :)


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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