Gramma's DIY Honey-Do Shed Door Sign

Hey, Grandma uses the shed too, where's my 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 over $1000, we found a budget-friendly way to spiffy up the old shed instead.

Anyway, Grandpa has always had a sign hanging above the shed door and I figured considering I use the garden shed too, it was about time we had a Gramma's DIY honey-do shed door sign too.

Grandma's Honey-Do Shed Sign



DIY Honey-Do Shed Door Sign


Mr. Frugalista's grandpa sign used to be my dad's and hung above the shed door at the lake for many years. Looks to be one of those custom signs that were popular along the midway during the Edmonton Exposition | Klondike Days back in the day.

Grandpa's Fix It Shop Shed Door Sign

Instead of hanging Grandpa's sign above the new doors, I decided we should each have a sign on either side of the doors.

Grandma and Grandpa Shed Door Signs

I didn't publish a post about the shed rejuvenation project because we were on a very tight schedule, 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 to flank either side of the door.

Anyway, I set out to make a similar sign for me and this is what I came up with.

Grandma's Honey-Do Shop Shed Door Sign

Instructions for making the shed sign

I salvaged a fence board cut off from the shed door build to make my sign. The edges were smoothed with a mouse sander.

Grandma's Honey Do Shed Sign Wood Board

Staining the wood sign

Not knowing the stain color of Mr. Frugalista's sign, I mixed a few colors together to get a close match.

First I brushed a coat of Special Walnut wood finish. When that was dry I brushed a coat of Golden Oak.

Still not a close match I applied a third coat of stain but this time a water-based stain that goes on like paint in the color Canadian Maple and now I had a close enough match.

Grandma's Honey Do Shed Sign Wood Stain

Creating the personalized graphic for the shed sign

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

Grandma's Honey Do Shed Sign Graphic

I went all old school with this one by painting the words on the sign using this image transfer technique.

The sad truth is that I have a brand spanking new Cricut Maker that I got for Christmas. Have I turned the dam thing on yet? Nope!

It would have been so much faster to make this sign if I had either made vinyl cut letters or a stencil with the Cricut. One day I'll take the time and courage to learn that fancy machine.

Grandma's Honey Do Shed Sign Painted Graphic

Hanging Gramma's shed sign

Eye hooks were screwed into the top of the sign and hung with a small chain to match the original sign.

Grandma's Honey Do Shed Sign Assembly

And here it is ready to be hung on the shed. I decided at the last minute to freehand some hearts, birds, and flowers as well.

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

Grandma's Shed Door Sign After

I've created a free download of the graphic if you'd like to use it. Just press on the image below for a printable PDF version. Print them out on legal bond paper and tape them together.


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

And now, as it should be, we have matching signs. For more sign inspiration visit my DIY Signs page.

If you have any questions about this project, 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!


Gramma's Honey-Do Shed Sign

Grandma and Grandpa Shed Door Signs

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10 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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