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Antiqued Kitchen Sign With Hooks

Turn plywood, paint and vintage knobs into an antique-inspired sign that's a practical and eye-catching accessory for any kitchen.

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Materials Needed:

  • 34" x 10" piece of wood or plywood
  • dark walnut wood stain
  • latex gloves
  • white latex paint
  • black, gray and burnt umber acrylic paint
  • crackle medium
  • graphite transfer paper
  • computer
  • printer and paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • pencil
  • capped pen
  • 2 D-ring hangers
  • 3 vintage-look knobs or hooks
  • sanding sponge
  • chip brush
  • cotton rag
  • 1" wash brush
  • 2" sash brush
  • 2.0 liner brush
  • 1/2" angular shader brush
  • electric drill and bits

Stain Board

Have wood cut to desired size at a home improvement store or use a scrap piece of wood. Apply stain in the direction of wood grain to surface and sides of board with a clean cotton rag. Wipe off excess stain and allow to fully dry. Tip: Wearing latex gloves will protect your skin from the stain.

Apply Crackle Medium and Paint

Using a one-inch wash brush, coat the entire board in crackle medium, brushing with the wood grain. Follow manufacturer's directions for drying time. Once crackle coat is dry, brush on latex paint with a two-inch sash brush. Allow crackle to activate and paint to dry.

Drill Holes for Knobs and Install D-Ring Hangers

Measure and calculate positions for the knobs in a way that is visually pleasing and mark with pencil. Equip drill with drill bit that is slightly larger in diameter than screws used in knob assembly. Center drill bit on each pencil mark and drill a hole straight through. To install D-rings, measure two inches down and one inch in from top of board near left and right corners, mark with pencil. Equip drill with a bit that is roughly half the diameter of the screws used in D-ring assembly. Center drill bit on each pencil mark and drill a hole roughly a half-inch deep. Use a screwdriver or driver bit to install hardware with D-ring pointing towards top of sign. Tip: A hammer and nail can be used to make pilot holes if an electric drill is unavailable.

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