Old Frame to Stained Frame Wood Sign
Posted By
Rachel Teodoro
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight 5" Fence Stainer
  • HomeRight 3" Shape Stainer
  • frames
  • stain
  • piece of thin wood cut to fit inside the frame

Project Steps


I love to shop at thrift shops and garage sales. You can usually pick up frames quite inexpensively and there is usually an abundant supply of them in all shapes, sizes and colors. I'm always looking for new uses for frames. I love the current wood frame sign trend and while you can make your own frame, I know I couldn't pick up the lumber for the frame for a quarter like I picked up each of these frames at a resale shop.

Step 1

I used the 5" Fence Stainer to evenly apply the stain to my solid piece of wood. It makes a difference to have the right tools for the job. 

Step 2

I wasn't needing to reapply the stain because the sponge held it in place and it gave a nice smooth finish to the stain. 

Step 3

I used the 3" Shape Stainer for the frame. It was the perfect tool to get the hard to reach spots in the corners and on the sides.

Step 4

It also allowed me to do double duty if I laid my frames side by side! I could apply stain to both parts. I could see if you were staining spindles or fence posts how this product would come in handy!

Step 5

I applied two coats of stain and let the stain set over night. After the stain was dry, I cut a saying that I liked out of vinyl on my Silhouette machine. I always say to my kids "love you more", so I liked incorporating that saying into a sign they would see every day in their bathroom. I applied the vinyl on my board. For tips on how to use and apply vinyl, see this post.

Step 6

The letters I was using were acting like a stencil. However, if you want, you could leave the vinyl as is and call it a day. In order to get a clean crisp line with my stencil, I went over the vinyl letters with stain and my 5" Fence Stainer brush. You want a nice even thin layer of stain covering to act as a sealer to prevent any of the letters from bleeding once the vinyl is removed.

Step 7

Once the stain on the letters is dry, find a paint color you like and paint over the whole board.                                                 

Step 8

Once your paint is dry, carefully remove the vinyl.                                                                                                                         

Step 9

Slip the completed board into your stained frame and you are ready to decorate!                                                                             

Step 10

These twenty-five cent frames were easy to personalize and make them look like a million bucks!                                                        

Step 11

I love that my kids get this reminder every time they walk in their bathroom. For more details on how I used the HomeRight Paint Sprayer to complete this true board and batten in their bathroom, you can see this post

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