DIY Rustic Wood Sign

If you are anything like me, you might not always be prepared for holidays but most definitely love decorating for them. I have a LOVE inspired, DIY rustic wood sign tutorial for you today. This is the perfect tutorial for a fun and easy romantic DIY for Valentine’s Day without the 100 step instructions. I wanted a faux barnboard/whitewashed finish but pink. Stick with me here. I know it sounds crazy but I knew a pink inspired, faux barnboard sign was going to be pretty. Like over the top girly (which is not usually my thing!).

Rose Gold Inspired Rustic Wood Sign

DIY rustic wood sign

Learn how I got that Faux Barnboard look!

I have been pretty quiet on the blog while I was busy learning how to be a mom. Between that and my super duper awesome Pinterest business, I haven’t left much time for myself to be creative. I spend time helping OTHERS showcase their creativity and amazing ideas, while my own were just waiting to BUST out of my brain. This project was the perfect DIY for me to get back into the game. Easy, quick with max results. A quick and dirty Valentine’s Day (not THAT kind of dirty) tutorial. This DIY rustic wood sign is perfect parts girly feminine, modern farmhouse with a touch of glam rose gold.

how to blend rose gold metallic paint


materials for diy rustic wood sign tutorial

  • 1 x 6 x 2 pine board (only .90 cents!!!) cut down to approximately between 12″-15″ (eyeballed this)
  • laser cut word of choice (I love this Etsy shop!)
  • Two paint brushes (I used one small art one and a Staalmeester #10 brush)
  • Fusion Mineral Paint – English Rose, Raw Silk, Little Miss Piggy for the sign and a custom blend for my laser cut word (I mixed equal parts Champagne, English Rose and Copper to achieve a deep matte rose gold color)
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Sandpaper

how to make rose gold metallic paint


Cut your wood board down to your desired size. I went with somewhere between 12-15″. We used a scroll saw as it was quicker but a hand saw would be easy.

Take a piece of sandpaper and smooth out any rough edges or spots.

Give your wood a little wipe just in case there is any dirt or loose saw dust.

how to fake barnboard look

Grab your wood, paintbrush and pink paint (in my case, I started with English Rose). I used the dry brush technique from this Fusion blog tutorial on how to create a faux barnboard look. Between colors, you have to let the paint dry fully. Fusion dries really quickly making this a short and sweet project. I used the dry brush technique in the following layering order: English Rose, Raw Silk, Little Miss Piggy and then did a little more English Rose to even it out.

I am including this fun little hyperlapse video of me demonstrating the dry brush technique! It shows you how LITTLE paint I put on my brush to get this faux barnboard look.

Dry brushing wood with Fusion Mineral Paint from The Row House Nest on Vimeo.

I wanted a really rich rose gold tone for my laser cut word so I custom mixed three Fusion paints to achieve my desired metallic – I did equal parts Champagne, Copper and English Rose. I love how this color turned out – reminded me of my favorite Mac lipstick, Viva Glam! I painted the letters first with my fine art brush then went over it with my larger brush afterward to get rid of lines.

how to make rose gold paint

Once both my sign and word were dried, I applied a very small amount of Gorilla Glue to a few different points on the back of my lettering and gently applied my word to the sign.

And done. This is easily customizable with different colors, words, seasons or the perfect gift for a loved one. HECK get a custom laser cut word and take your gallery wall up a notch.

rustic wood sign

I feel like this sign would look beautiful in an office space, hallway or as part of a gallery wall (outside of Valentine’s Day!).

pink rustic wood sign

I was really stepping outside of my normal all white modern decor vibe with this tutorial but I really loved how delicate and feminine this project was!

rustic wood sign


This post is part of a lovely Blog Hop called 30 Valentine’s Day Ideas to Make, Bake and Create! Please take the time to check out my fellow bloggers beautiful work!

30 Valentines Day ideas

Valentine’s Day Cherry Pie by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life

Valentine’s Triple Berry Breakfast Parfait by Joanna at Lazy Moms Blog

Valentine’s Day Mini Bouquet with Printable Wrap by Lucy of Craftberry Bush

DIY Iron-On Mini Tote Bags for Galentine’s Day by Joann of Woman in Real Life

DIY Clay Valentine Heart Wall Hanging by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos

Chunky Crochet Heart Banner by Christina of The DIY Mommy

‘I’m Stuck On You Valentine’ Free Printable by Chandra of HashtagBlessed Blog

DIY Love Tees by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Kim of Kim Power Style

Custom Floral Dishware DIY with Temporary Tattoos by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

Valentine’s Day Keto Cheesecake by Thalita of The Learner Observer

How to Host a Mother/Daughter Galentine’s by Kelsey of Kelsey Diane Blog

Free Printable Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Cards by Shannon of AKA Design

GALentine’s Day Tea Party by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Valentine Heart Necklace by Christine of The DIY Dreamer

Simple Valentine’s Day Decor by Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful

Valentine’s Sushi Recipe by Stefania of From the Playpen

Valentine’s Day Decor by Dannyelle of Life is a Party

Valentine Countdown for Kids by Heather of Raising Memories

Love Sign by Meagan of Row House Nest

Valentine’s Day Kindness Countdown Calendar by Jen of Rambling Renovators

Rustic Valentine’s Day Decor by Sarah of The Project Pile

Peach Raspberry Crisp by Brittany of My Daily Randomness

How to Make Pine Cone Roses by Jane & Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit

Handmade Paper Gift Boxes by Jessica of The Vanderveen House

DIY Valentine’s Day Pouch by Lidia of Design Inside the Box

Valentine Oreo Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Valentine’s Day Lunch Idea by Adriana of Chaos and Caffeine

Chocolate Cherries Baileys Cookies by Emily of daydreaming of elsewhere


This post was not sponsored although I did use Fusion Mineral Paint. This post does contains affiliate links. Don’t worry, I only share my favourite items and let’s be real, affiliate links let me keep blogging (something’s gotta pay the bills!)

  • Christine

    What a gorgeous Love sign! And I just adore the colors too! Pinned!

    • Thank you Christine! I can’t wait to check out your post too!

  • Jen Farr

    Perfectly coppery and pink. What a lovely sign.

    • Thank you Jen! I just love the combination of those colours for Valentine’s Day too!

  • Jessica VanderVeen

    So pretty! I love it

  • Adriana Christine

    This sign is absolutely beautiful. Just followed on Pinterest. Keep the great ideas coming! <3

    • Thanks Adriana! Can’t wait to check out your post!

  • This is such a pretty sign! I love this idea!

  • LOVE this sign! The perfect color of pink too! My favorite!

    • Thanks Shannon! That means a lot to me. I am not really a pink kind of gal but this barnboard look sold me!

  • Laurie Dickson

    I love the LOVE sign, it’s perfectly shimmery and looks very romantic!

  • The colours are perfect, and I love how feminine it is too! Beautiful!

    • Thanks so much Joann!!

  • Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.c

    What a pretty sign, perfect for Valentine’s Day!