From Barn Stall to Front Door: Upcycled Address Sign

From Barn Stall to Front Door: Upcycled Address Sign

For years, I’ve watched bloggers create unusual address signs / house numbers for their front doors and porches. They’ve used everything from nautical buoys, to salvaged wood, to vintage metal milk jugs. And I waited…sometimes patiently, sometimes not…for the right idea for OUR address sign to come to me.

And then it did. In the most UNUSUAL of items.

So there I was at the Country Living Fair, my hands full of treasures and a body full of exhaustion. I was ready to leave, but hit one last booth before I departed: Olde Tyme Marketplace. And there, like a DIY beacon of hope, was a pile of reclaimed barn stall numbers…with one sporting our very own house number perched right on top.

Vintage salvaged barn stall number plaque to be repurposed into an address sign by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

101…no, it can’t be. What are the chances?

The spell was broken- THIS would be our funky address sign! It was the right number, in the right size, at the right price! And an old barn stall number that used to ID Bessie the Cow?? How awesome is that?? This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

To honor its previous barnyard life, I wanted to create a layered sign that blended red barn with weathered wood barn. Thankfully, I already had a thrifted cutting board and Jon had some leftover birch plywood from his DIY airbrush booth.

Creating a DIY address sign with vintage salvaged barn stall number plaque and cutting board from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The rest of my sign materials…

I decided the plywood would be the barn red middle layer, so Jon cut it size with our jigsaw.

Creating a DIY repurposed address sign with vintage salvaged barn stall number plaque and cutting board from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My layered idea…

Creating a DIY repurposed address sign with vintage salvaged barn stall number plaque and cutting board from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And there we go- a nice barn red!

For the weathered barn layer (i.e., the cutting board), I decided to try something that I had heard about but hadn’t given it a go yet- DIY wood stain using steel wool and white vinegar!

Make your own weathered wood stain with steel wool and vinegar by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just wait until you see what these two can do…

Sounds crazy, right? Here’s the skinny: (1) Soak steel wool (fine grade is best, but I already had Grade #0 on hand) in white vinegar in an uncapped glass jar for 2-3 days; (2) Let the science happen; and (3) Stain your wood.

Since I’m still looking for ways to reuse our non-recyclable glass jars and bottles, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to dedicate a spaghetti sauce jar to the cause. See the bubbles? That’s the chemical reaction happening right before our eyes.

Make your own weathered wood stain with steel wool and vinegar by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Do your thing, steel wool!

Three days later, I removed the steel wool and truly did not think that the hazy light grey vinegar would do anything to my cutting board- but I gave it a couple of washes with the “stain”…

Using DIY weathered wood stain with steel wool and vinegar by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmmm…not so sure…yet!

But when I went back to check on it a few hours later, I was shocked to see my once reddish cutting board now an appreciably darker shade of brown. Maybe not the grey-brown of old weathered barns, but it was pretty darn awesome!

Using DIY weathered wood stain with steel wool and vinegar by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Color me a believer!

To finish off our address sign, I first used wood glue to fuse the red layer to the cutting board, which I followed up with a topcoat over both pieces (after the glue set).

Creating a farmhouse style DIY repurposed address sign with vintage salvaged barn stall number plaque and cutting board from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Finishing touches!

And once that was all dry, we simply screwed in the barn stall plaque to the layered wood- using the original screw holes. That way, the old barn stall plaque wasn’t altered at all.

Creating a farmhouse style DIY repurposed address sign with vintage salvaged barn stall number plaque and cutting board from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

I attached a D-ring hanger to the back of the cutting board, and hung it on our piece of salvaged picket fence! A house number sign for our front porch- how great is that?

Creating a farmhouse style DIY repurposed address sign with vintage salvaged barn stall number plaque and cutting board from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All done!

I just love it- and part of me still can’t believe the dumb luck of finding something with our street address on it. Definitely a case of Crafting Kismet!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. This is a really fun idea! I love it on the porch. 😉

    Happy Thoughts of Home. We so appreciate you linking up with us today.

  2. Oh you know how much you inspire me! I always enjoy a morning visit here.
    Thank you for joining us too!
    Sharing.

  3. I’m a huge fan of ‘Giggle Juice’ to age and weather wood. It’s always a surprise, depending on how long you leave it.

  4. Those finds are always the best….when you least expect it. I have to contain myself from squealing out loud when that happens. Your house number sign is unique and fabulous!

  5. chris aka monkey says:

    this is so cool xx pinned

  6. awesome project, I have a piece of fence just like yours laying around. Need to do this!!

  7. I have created an address sign for my place and now just have to find someone to hang it! You were lucky to find the numbers!

  8. That was Kismet for sure Sarah! How cool! I love that sign and how you gave it a bit of a barn look with the red touch and the little picked fence is awesome!

  9. Nice work

  10. Love your address sign and the fact that it has a great story to go along with it. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  11. Hi Sarah, What a neat story about how you found your house number! Thanks for sharing the technique with the steel wool and vinegar, too. Blessings, Janet

  12. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  13. Love how you reused the barn stall number – it was meant to be!

  14. I love the letters, I have been wanting to make some large ones for a sign
    Maria

  15. What a great project and I love how the house number pop’s now with the red underneath. I would love if you share this project at a link party I am co-hosting. I hope to see you there. Enjoy your day. http://diy180site.blogspot.com/2016/08/dishing-it-and-digging-it-link-party-110.html

  16. Love the finished product! It turned out wonderful. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  17. What a neat idea! Love this!

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

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. Fun upcycle! I love how your sign turned out & that rocker is amazing! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & sharing

  19. I love how your project turned out! Thanks for sharing your crafty inspiration on this week’s Monday Funday Party!

  20. Kathy A. says:

    Wonderful project–again! Kudos to your husband for helping with your projects. I’m sure you realize how lucky you are. Give him a hug from all of us who don’t have that kind of help (or acceptance of our ideas for a project).

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Kathy! Yes, I am grateful everyday for his partnership in this- I’m not sure how I got this lucky, but I make sure to never take it for granted!

  21. Sarah – as always, your creativity knows no bounds! Love your house number picket sign!

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