How to make a farmhouse address sign

Farmhouse Address Sign Pin

I had a client that was looking to add farmhouse curb appeal and needed a new address sign. I searched Pinterest and came across this sign from Wit and Wander. I liked it so much I decided to modify it for my client. I got out my measuring tape and adjusted the size requirements of the board. Then I went to the hardware store and learned how to attach my address sign to brick. I chose a 20 in wide 1×12 poplar board. The reason I chose poplar over pine because it holds up nicer to the elements.

What you’ll need:

  • If attaching to brick use:
    •  Drill
    • Washers (4)
    • Screws (4)
    • Anchors (4)


  1. Using a sanding block, lightly sand the board to get softer corners and smoother finish.

Sanding the Board

Up close picture of board showing grain

2. In a well ventilated area apply wood conditioner to all sides of the board with a cloth. Wood conditioner makes the stain go on smooth and more evenly. Wait approximately 10 minutes and wipe the board to remove any excess conditioner.

Pre-treating the board

3. Using a cloth and gloves, apply a thin layer of stain on all sides of the board. Make sure you apply the stain within 2 hours of the wood conditioner. I used Minwax Dark Walnut

4. Next we’re going to use painter’s tape to cover the area we don’t want exposed to the paint. To make this step simple (read: avoid measuring), I matched the edge of the painter’s tape up with the edge of the board. Go over the edges of the tape with a credit card to make sure they’re sealed tight. During my first attempt I ran over the edges with my nail and the spray paint bled through the tape. Make sure it’s good and sealed.

Taping off the sign for black paint


5. Lay the board flat and spray the inner exposed rectangle with a matte black spray paint. Make sure the paint you choose is for outdoor use. I used Rustoleum Inspire Designer Series in Ultra Matte Black. Remove tape shortly after spraying and allow it to dry. If you need more coverage than the first coat provided, repeat steps 4-5 and spray again.  

Address sign background complete

6. Next, print out your address, and tape the template together if the numbers are on multiple pieces of paper. I used 450 pt font in Playfair Display.

Creating the stencil

7. Place a piece of white graphite paper (shiny side up) on top of the painted area of the board then center the address print out on top of the paper. Tape the address paper to the board.

Temporarily attach stencil to the sign

8. Use a pencil to trace the numbers of the address. The white graphite paper will transfer your marks on to the board.

The stencil has been transferred

9. Paint the numbers using white acrylic paint. After the first coat the black spray paint was still showing through the white letters so I added a second coat.

Getting ready to paint the numbers on the farmhouse address sign

10. Once the white numbers are dry it’s time to apply Spar-urethane. Spar-urethane is a coating that will protect the sign from the elements. It comes in satin, semi gloss and clear gloss. I chose the satin finish because I wanted the black spray paint to resemble a chalkboard.

In a well ventilated area apply one coat of spar-urethane to the back and sides of the sign. Use a paper towel to wipe off any excess that pooled on the front of the sign and allow that coat to dry. Flip the sign over and repeat. *I found it helpful to put my sign on saw horses for this step.

Completed farmhouse address sign


You’re done making your sign!


If you plan on hanging the sign on brick, follow these steps:

  1. Start by collecting your material for attaching the sign to brick. You’ll need:
  • Drill
  • Washers (4)
  • Screws (4)
  • Anchors (4)

mounting hardware

2. Measure in ⅞ inch from each corner and drill four holes.

Drilling the holes in the farmhouse address sign

3. Drill a hole in the brick where you’ll want the top left corner to be and insert the anchor. Note: Drill right into the face of the brick, not the grout.

mounting hardware in brick

4. Use a level to find where the top right corner should attach. Put a screw through the top right corner and make a scratch in the brick.

leveling the farmhouse address sign

5. Drill a hole where you left the scratch mark for the top right corner and insert an anchor. Repeat this step for the bottom two screwsDrilling hole in brick




Once the sign is up it’ll look something like this:

Completed and mounted farmhouse address sign

There were a lot of steps to this project but I found the most time consuming aspect was getting the paint and varnish to dry. I spread this project out over multiple days and worked on it during nap time. I like this sign because it’s unique and adds some farmhouse curb appeal. Do you have any suggestions for adding farmhouse curb appeal? If so, leave us a comment!


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