5 Frugal Steps to a Statement DIY Bathroom sign

Have you been looking for the perfect addition to your bathroom decor and just aren’t sure what you need? This DIY Bathroom Sign is not only simple, and frugal, but it gives the perfect elegant touch with the lettering, with a side of humor for guests (or just you) to enjoy. Find out how to make this easy DIY Bathroom Sign and have your bathroom lookin’ fly in under an hour! 

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Today has been a very eventful day! 

Amongst having baby chicks hatch, losing a chicken- then finding it again, snake-proofing cages for our new bundles of feather babies, moving them to a safer location, and then trying to do household chores, I decided to take some time for myself and get crafty.

I love when I feel that flare of creativity beginning to bubble up ( no not gas people).  The feeling is even better when you don’t have to go to the craft store to buy additional supplies.

It’s like the crafting gods are saying “It’s time grasshopper.”

 Today, I knew I was gonna do a bathroom sign because our bathroom is boring and needs some flare.

Actually…

I  was only going to be painting some lettering that I had purchased from my current favorite app/ website, Jane.com (not affiliated, just a personal fave). They have a little bit of everything on this site! Upon my daily scroll, through these deals I found some wooden lettering that read “get naked”- obviously displayed in the bathroom.

 I think in the picture the lettering was painted black and I assumed I was going to get the lettering already painted and ready to hang but as I have been told many a times to never ASSume anything.

Well, my purchase arrived and when I excitedly took it out of it’s packaging it looked like it had come straight from the saw. It was plain wood. Oops, that’s what I get for not reading the fine print. Good Job Hood! 

   Let me clarify my feelings at this point, not disappointed, just surprised. Can I really be surprised if I was too excited to read the fine print?

Fun Fact about me:

I take FOREVER to decide on colors etc. This is why I could never get a tattoo. I would have second thoughts immediately upon completion. Naturally, this project wasn’t any different.

Today, however, I was feeling productive so I grabbed the sign and went outside with black paint and thought, “I’m just gonna paint it black, that will pop on the tan(?) colored wall in the bathroom.”

Spoiler Alert: The sign lettering isn’t black.

Alex, said “Why Black? Why not pick another color?” (Always throwin a chink in my chain)

My next thought was that I could just stain it- which I think would have been really pretty by the way- so take that into consideration when you are doing your sign!

You know you want one! 

If you just stain it then you have an even quicker project I might add. 

The wording was set on some old boards that I had out from my last project and BAM- inspiration knocked me the heck out! I literally used scrap wood, you can find some along the road, I’m sure of it. 

I don’t have to just put this sign on the wall. I can attach it to make an even better sign….and thus my sign was born.

Materials: 

  • wooden lettering (or stencil)
  • paint color of choice (or whatever you have on hand)
  • two wooden boards (long enough for lettering to be attached to- I don’t do measurements homies)
  • support boards (on the back for holding sign together)
  • wood glue
  • large clamps
  • screws or nails (obviously gonna need a hammer/ drill)
  • margarita/beer (not optional)

Optional Materials:

  • sandpaper
  • white paint
  • stain color of choice
  • Wire for wall attachment or however you want to attach it to the wall- have THAT stuff handy as well. I have this listed as optional because some may not want to hang their sign

Step 1: Paint your lettering

Let it dry while you construct the the rest of the sign.

Chances are, if you are a big DIY-er like I am, then you have some paint on hand. You also probably like the color since you bought it to begin with.

If you don’t have the color you want, or you are new to DIY, my suggestion is to by a SAMPLE PAINT color. They are super inexpensive and you can get the sign done with leftovers with one of those. 

Step 2: Construct your sign

I had Alex help me screw the support boards to the back of the sign from the FRONT.

This was done to avoid having the pokey things come through the front.

We used about 8 screws to make sure it was secure- also my wood for my sign was very old so we had to be extra careful not to split it.

Use what you have around the house- scrap would is perfect for signs. 

 Back view- not close to being “even”, but you won’t see them so who cares (says my Type B friends)- My Type A is screaming but oh well.

Front view- most of the screws are covered by the lettering- you also can’t really see them.

Step 3: Glue the lettering onto the board

Make sure you are using wood glue. You will also need to clamp it after words to make it adhere to the boards. Also read the back to make sure you keep the clamps on long enough- my wood glue was for a minimum of 30 minutes.

(I was chicken watching while project-ing)

Step 4: Start roughin’ it up!

I really liked the teal but I thought it might need to be toned down a bit. Nobody likes to be screamed at by a color while they’re trying to do their business. 

I antiqued it just barely- because personally, I don’t like it to be overdone- just a preference- go crazy if you want. It’s your sign, what do I care?

What I did to antique it (optional):

I took the sandpaper and scuffed up the paint, then took some white paint and grey paint and rubbed it into the cracks. I then took the dark walnut wood stain I had and applied it to the edges I had scuffed up.

Distressin’ but I ain’t stressin’ with that Texas Sunset as my view.

Step 5: Make wall attachments…

according to preference (or don’t) if you aren’t gonna hang it. With the way this sign is shaped you could easily just lean it up on a cabinet to add to decor. 

Can’t see the antiquing as well in this picture- it is pretty subtle. The picture below shows it a little better.

What a fancy way of adding some “bathroom humor” to your little home. What would be really funny is if you added it somewhere else and shocked all your guests. I’m all about the shock factor. 

 

Check out my other super easy FLORAL SIGN tutorial!

Save this post to your DIY board on Pinterest for reference or inspiration!

3 Comments

  • Sarah May 6, 2018 at 8:05 pm Reply

    I like the color!

  • Debbie May 17, 2018 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Awesome! I like it!

    • hillaryhood08 May 17, 2018 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

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