DIY Vintage Farmhouse Eggs & Butter Sign

Hi everyone! Have you seen Angie’s “Milk and Cream” signs over at Knick of Time? I’ve had them stuck in my head for a while now. I usually like to come up with my own ideas, but I wanted one of these signs(!), so I decided to modify it and make it my own farmhouse “Eggs & Butter” sign.

Eggs & Butter sign from vintage window After giving it some though, I chose to go with “Eggs & Butter.” Because I didn’t have a stencil with those words, I used individual letter stencils, and guess what? It’s not perfect. I had to make my “T’s” using “L’s” because I lost the “T,” and the spacing’s not exact. Oh, and some letters are a little higher than others, but I’ve come to grips with it and it’s OKAY.

vintage windowI pulled this old window frame out of my endless supply of windows, shutters, and frames, thinking it would be perfect for what I had in mind. Bonus: it had a nice space at the bottom for attaching hooks.

I took it to my local hardware store and had a piece of glass cut for $6.00. I gave the frame one coat of Americana Decor “Primitive” chalk paint, sanded the edges, and gave it a coat of clear wax.

eggs & butter on glassNext I used 2 1/2″ stencils to create my words. I had to apply two coats of paint, since just one coat came out too light. The nice thing about painting on glass is you can scrape off any mistakes with a razor blade.

(NOTE: Angie has her own line of stencils that can be purchased in her Etsy shop. Milk and Cream costs $19.)

black craft paint and make up sponge for stencilingI pounced on the acrylic craft paint using my secret weapon–a makeup sponge. About twenty or so can be purchased in a package at the dollar store.

side view of brass hooks on vintage eggs and butter signNext I attached three vintage hooks to the bottom of the frame. I drilled some pilot holes for the screws with my electric drill.

Hook on eggs and butter signPower tools make me feel strong and courageous. How about you? And this little project went without a hitch. Usually I make some kind of mistake–drill holes to large or in the wrong position or something. Not this time.

Eggs & Butter sign from vintage window Stenciling on glass was new for me, and not without its challenges. After painting each letter twice, I noticed lots of fingerprints and assorted smudges. I had to be very careful cleaning it to avoid my precious letters.

My last step will be to apply a spritz of clear acrylic spray over “Eggs and Butter” to protect it from scratches. Now I just have to find the perfect spot to hang it.

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DIY Vintage Farmhouse Eggs & Butter Sign


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  1. I think it looks really good Diana. I will be adding words to glass soon, so this tutorial is very helpful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. This is so so nice! I love it, will try something like this definitely!

  3. I love this for my kitchen, I am looking for ideas for my all white kitchen! Thanks for sharing this on Dream create and inspire.

  4. I know exactly what you mean about power tools, Diana. Only problem is, I haven’t begun using them yet! I’ve allowed myself to be intimidated by them for too long now. Time for me to get on the power tool band wagon! Your sign is perfect, love the words and the hooks.

  5. If you ask me, the imperfections make it perfect! Love the words Diana! I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  7. Hi Diana, Just found you r blog through Bless’r House link party. I love the window sign. It turned out so charming. I’m anxious to browse through more of your blog.

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  9. This is a really cute project Diana! Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Hi Diana, I love your window stencil/wall hook! I think I’ve been missing out on your posts since you transitioned to your website, so I have some catching up to do. Lucky for me, all your features in blogland have kept you in the forefront of my mind – congrats! Too many to pinpoint! And, I’m now subscribed by email so no more missed posts!

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