DIY Reclaimed Wood Honey-Do Shed Sign

In August we finally replaced the floor on our metal shed that was ready to implode plus we got rid of the dilapidated metal sliding door and built double barn style wooden doors. The alternative was replacing the shed but at well over $1000, we found a budget-friendly way to spiffy up the old garden shed instead. Mr. Frugalista (a.k.a. Grandpa) has always had a wooden sign hanging on the shed door and I figured why not have His and Her signs flanking the door. I'm going to show you how easy it is to make a DIY Reclaimed Wood Honey-Do Shed Sign for the backyard shed, She shed, man cave, or garage. Instead of Gramma or Grampa, like ours, personalize it with a name, or Dad, Mom, Hubby, Wifey, The Boss - well you get the picture.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Honey-Do Shed Sign

DIY Honey-Do Shed Door Sign


The inspiration for the new homemade sign was to have it looking similar to Mr. Frugalista's Grandpa's Fix-It Shop sign. We inherited this one from my Dad who had it hung above the shed door at the lake cabin for many years. It looks to be one of those popular custom signs you could have made from a vendor on the midway of the Edmonton Exposition Klondike Days back in the day.

Grandpa's Fix It Shop Shed Sign

While the words on the original sign were etched with a woodburning tool, we achieved a similar look for the new wooden sign with black paint. I like how our his and her shed signs flank the new wood doors and kind of dresses up the old metal shed.

His and Her Homemade Shed Signs

I didn't publish a post about the shed rejuvenation because we were on a very tight schedule, using vacation days, which left little time to stop and take photos of the process. The new shed floor is a bit higher than our old one so we had to build a wood ramp too. Next summer I hope to build wood planters flanking each side of the door to match. I'll plant tall grasses to conceal the metal siding even more.

Outdoor Painted Wood Signs

Instructions for making the shed sign

I salvaged a fence board offcut from the shed door build to make the sign. The edges were smoothed with a mouse sander as pictured below.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Shed Sign

Staining the wood sign

Not knowing the stain color of the original sign, I mixed a few colors together to get a close match. The first being a coat of Special Walnut followed by a coat of Golden Oak. Still not a close match I brushed a third color called Canadian Maple and now it was a close enough match.

DIY Wooden Sign

Personalized graphic for the shed sign

First, I create a graphic in PicMonkey.com to print on two sheets of legal-size bond paper in landscape mode.

Fun DIY Wood Sign

I went all old school by hand painting the words on the sign using this image transfer technique. If you have a Cricut Maker or Silhouette Machine you could use permanent vinyl rated for outdoors on the sign instead. But again, I wanted to replicate the original sign as much as possible giving it a handmade look.

Hand Painted Shed Sign

Once the paint is completely dry, apply two coats of gloss outdoor-grade clear coat to protect the sign from the elements.

Hanging the shed sign

Like the original sign, galvanized eye hooks were screwed into the top of the sign and hung with a small galvanized chain.

DIY Garden Shed Sign

At the last minute before applying the clear coat I decided to embellish the sign with freehand painted hearts, birds, and flowers. Here is our painted wooden sign ready to be hung on the shed.

Gramma's Outdoor Shed Sign

If you'd like to make a sign just like ours I've included a free printable for you. Simply double click on the image below for an unwatermarked PDF download. Print them on legal size paper in a landscape format and tape them together.

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Supply List

Salvaged Fence Board
Special Walnut Wood Stain
Golden Oak Wood Stain
Canadian Maple Wood Stain
Outdoor Gloss Clear Coat
Graphite Paper
Black Acrylic Craft Paint
Script Liner Art Brush
Eye Hooks
Small Galvanized Chain

Tool List

Miter Saw
Mouse Sander
Pliers

Here are some more handmade sign ideas I thought you might like here on my DIY Signs page.

If you have any questions about this outdoor sign idea, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

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DIY Outdoor Shed Sign


His and Her Reclaimed Wood Shed Sign

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16 comments

  1. I have a Silhouette machine that I use for cutting stencils etc. But honestly Marie for a one of a kind sign, its faster, easier, and cheaper to just transfer the image and paint it. But then I am old and just like to get it done.

    I am impressed how you fixed up those doors, the sliding doors on metal sheds are awful.

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    1. Huh, good to know, Leanna! I'm just itching to learn how to use the machine but have so many other things on the go with the blog that it keeps getting put on the back burner. We LOVE our double swing out doors on the metal shed. Took some head scratching to figure out how to mount them but they were relatively easy to make once we figured it out.

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  2. It took me forever to try the Brother Scan and Cut out that the hubby bought me. So I get you with your Silhouette. Maybe one day? But in the meantime you're a master at doing it the good old fashioned way Mary and so many people can't afford fancy cutting machines, so this is almost better plus your "honey-do" sign is perfect

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    1. Very good point, Michelle! You're right, the cutting machines come with a hefty price tag - hence the reason it took so many years for me to get one. Makes me feel better about doing it the good old fashion way. xo

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  3. Marie, I love how the signs look. Good job.

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  4. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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  5. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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  6. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

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    1. Hi Marilyn, I'm thrilled - thank you so much for featuring my Honey-Do sign! See you at the party. xo

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  7. These are adorable, Marie! Always love having you at TTA! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Julie, mine version of his sign was such fun to make. Hugs backatcha!

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  8. OMG I love it!! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party, I'll be featuring you on my blog this week!

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    1. Woot woot - thank you so much for the feature, Tarah! xo See you at the party 😀

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  9. These are adorable! Since I just became a first-time Gma myself, I really am thinking of repeating this idea. Great work on your shed. It's gorgeous.

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    1. Congratulations, Amy, isn't being a Gma just the best? Glad you like our HIS and HER signs and have fun making your own versions!

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