Yesterday’s Barn Art for Today’s Tool Shed

Yesterday’s Barn Art for Today’s Tool Shed

Funny story…so, while I was out thrifting one day, I came across these two Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. I didn’t actually know the term “hex signs” at the time, but I snapped them up with the intention of putting them in my Etsy shop. People collect Pennsylvania Dutch items…they were in relatively good shape and would be easy to ship, so it seemed like a no-brainer.

vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs for repurposing as tool shed art by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My muses!

But as I was putting the Etsy listing together, a project idea started to percolate…

And well, here we are- with a new project on the blog and not an Etsy listing in sight! It’s funny how things work out sometimes.

So, I had this idea…as I studied the hex signs, I was flooded with thoughts of barn art I’d seen on my travels…quilt squares and Pennsylvania Dutch emblems…and I thought about our cute little blue shed in the backyard. We may not have a barn, but why not decorate the shed in the same fashion? Suburban barn art, in a way… This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

To put my idea into action, I needed a wood plank- just the right length and width- so I headed to a local salvage shop. Because OF COURSE I didn’t have the perfect piece in my stash!

The Front Porch Architectural Salvage in Greenville South Carolina SC by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking for just the right plank…

But with a little digging, I found just the right piece!

Making DIY tool shed art using vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and Salvaged Barn Wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This will do nicely!

Normally I love a chipped paint look…but not the brown/black combo this piece was sporting! So, Mr. Seasongoods offered to give the plank a refresh with our beloved sander. And just look at that grain!

Making DIY tool shed art using vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and Salvaged Barn Wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Smooth and pretty.

After I dusted it clean, I gave it a generous coat of a favorite wood stain. To weather it a little further, I then gave it an uneven grey paint wash…a coat of water sealant…and then called it a day!

Making DIY tool shed art using vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and Salvaged Barn Wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting ready for a makeover…

Making DIY tool shed art using vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and Salvaged Barn Wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now it looks like weathered barn wood- well, at least close enough!

Then, we just fixed the hex signs to the wood plank with screws- the signs already had holes in the centers- and attached a pair of D-ring hangers and braided picture hanging wire to the back.

Making DIY tool shed art using vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and Salvaged Barn Wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect and ready to hang…but, we don’t have a barn…

All that was left to do was hang it on our shed- a little touch of country barn art in the small city suburbs!

Making DIY tool shed art using vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and Salvaged Barn Wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

Here, let me take a few steps back…

Making DIY tool shed art using vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and Salvaged Barn Wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Art for our cute lil’ shed!

Oh, you want me to step back even further? I think that can be arranged…

Making DIY tool shed art using vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and Salvaged Barn Wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looks like there is room for more “barn” shed art, eh??

If I leave it there, I’ll give the whole thing another couple of coats of water sealant…but now I think I want to hunt down a quilt square to add to it- what do you think??

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. How darling is that! Looks so cute on your shed and you done an awesome job. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Very cute! I’ve always wanted to try to paint a hex, but found it is much easier to paint a barn quilt. The really simple ones are just a bunch of squares and triangles.

  3. That is wonderful!!! The character of those pieces is perfect on that wood and it looks great on your shed!!

  4. Awesome! I have always loved those signs.
    And I never thought about decorating my shop with them for lack of a barn!

  5. Cute idea! Looks perfect against your blue she’d. And I love the idea of adding a quilt square!
    THX for Sharing! 😉

  6. Another great project.
    I love seeing what you create.
    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

  7. Sarah, once again great creativity. I’ve never heard of hex signs either. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Designs.

  8. Awesome! Looks great on your shed! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned to share!

  9. helenfern says:

    I love barn wood – And we have a salvage place nearby! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  10. I love those pieces with the Dutch Hex signs and how they look on your shed. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  11. I remember seeing these signs all of the time down in Amish country up in Northeast Ohio, but it seems like ages since I have seen one, I think you have a great little treasure there! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  12. These pieces found the perfect home! Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story.

  13. Oh what a neat project!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for crafts, recipes, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  14. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

  15. This is super cute! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

  16. sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

    Thanks so much, Robert!

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