How to Make a DIY Lake House Sign

We couldn’t help but stare at the beautiful wood sign that Danielle Bryk sourced during her gorgeous kitchen redesign with contractor Sebastian Clovis on Home to Win. But as it turns out, the designer didn’t source it from anywhere but her own imagination.

Using just a few simple tools Danielle made the sign completely from scratch, selecting the exact colours, fonts and overall look that she wanted for the finished kitchen space. As a result it seems like the sign was always meant to be there. It was the perfect finishing touch for a dreamlike, Lake House kitchen.

Here’s how to make a similar sign for your own space.


  • Finished plywood, cut to the needed size
  • Tape measurer
  • Stencils
  • An exacto knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint
  • A Sponge

What you do:

  1. Measure and lay out your stencils on the finished plywood, ensuring that it’s exactly where you want it.
  2. Tape the stencils in place so they don’t move.
  3. Cut out or modify any part of the stencils you want to change using an exacto knife.
  4. Using a sponge, dab paint into the stencilled area in order to create a rough edge.
  5. Once the paint is dry, remove the stencils and you’re good to go!

Pro tips:

  • Measure the area where you want to hang the sign and cut your board before buying or creating any stencils so that you’ll know they’ll fit.
  • Don’t remove the stencils until the paint is completely dry; otherwise the paint could smudge and ruin your backdrop.
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