Outdoor Wall Decor for a Tool Shed with Hex Signs

Outdoor Wall Decor for a Tool Shed with Hex Signs

Funny story…so, while I was out thrifting one day, I came across these two hex signs (Pennsylvania Dutch folk art). I didn’t actually know the term “hex signs” at the time, but I snapped them up with the intention of reselling them. But then I had a thought…What if I upcycled these into barn-inspired outdoor wall decor for our tool shed?

Hex Signs from the thrift store to be upcycled into outdoor wall decor for a tool shed by Sadie Seasongoods

Our tool shed happens to adorable in its own right, as it is modeled after our house (same color, same trim, etc.). But I’ve never done anything to it before, as far as decorating is concerned.

And if I can’t have a barn of my own, then why not treat our shed as a barn? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Creating Barn Decor / Outdoor Wall Decor with Hex Signs

To put my idea into action, I needed a plank of salvaged wood. So, I headed to a local salvage shop – because OF COURSE I didn’t have the perfect piece in my stash!

Salvaged wood and reclaimed wood at The Front Porch in Greenville SC, an architectural salvage store by Sadie Seasongoods

But with a little digging, I found just the right piece of salvaged wood. It was, of course, in rough shape…but I could certainly spruce it up to my liking.

Salvaged wood to be used for displaying hex signs on tool shed for outdoor wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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 now!

Sanding down salvaged wood or reclaimed wood before applying wood stain for barn decor by Sadie Seasongoods

After I dusted it clean, I gave it a generous coat of a favorite wood stain. I wanted a darker background on the salvaged wood so that the hex signs would really pop / stand out when I hung it on our tool shed!

Wood stain on salvaged wood and will be upcycled into outdoor wall decor with hex signs by Sadie Seasongoods

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!

Using reclaimed wood or barnwood to display hex signs on tool shed for barn decor or barn art by Sadie Seasongoods

Then, we just fixed the hex signs to the reclaimed wood with screws; the signs already had holes in the centers. To finish it off, we also attached a pair of D-ring hangers and strung braided picture hanging wire between them.

Outdoor wall decor with hex signs attached to salvaged wood to hang on tool shed by Sadie Seasongoods

Barn-Inspired Outdoor Wall Decor for a Tool Shed

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

Isn’t it charming? And clearly I have room on the tool shed walls for more outdoor wall decor or barn decor!

Outdoor wall decor on a tool shed with hex signs on salvaged wood by Sadie Seasongoods

Oh, and I will give the whole thing another couple of coats of water sealant, including the hex signs. But what should I add to our tool shed next? Maybe a barn quilt or two? I think that can be arranged!

If you enjoyed this outdoor wall art project idea, then you may also be interested in this garden trellis I made by upcycling some old garden tools, as well!

DIY garden trellis from vintage garden tools

Craft on!


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  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.

    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. Thanks so much, Robert!

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