From French to Farmhouse: Metal Sign Makeover {a mini-project}

Little makeovers are so much fun. No huge production, quick results and if you can do it all with items on hand it’s like getting something new for free. Yeah, I love little makeovers! This one was so, so simple, but I really love the results, so I thought I’d share how I made over metal signs.

I started with these French inspired signs. They were a gift from a sweet friend of mine, Polly. When she bought them I was in a “French Phase,” which didn’t last very long thanks to my severe case of decorating ADD. But, they’ve remained in my bathroom because I love her and couldn’t bear to part with them.

I started out by giving them a coat with some leftover chalkboard paint. I’m such a nerd about getting rid of a can that has a little left in it, so it was perfect for coating them. I do have to admit, though, that I really love the shade of black that it is. It’s not stark black, and has a great finish that’s not too shiny or dull.

Next, I cut out numbers with my Silhouette on white vinyl. They chose the numbers, based on some characters in their favorite book series (of the moment), Divergent.

I just applied the vinyl numbers right over the painted signs, and now I’ve got a whole new look, which is definitely farmhouse and less Frenchified.

They remind me of those great enamel signs, which are unfortunately way out of my budget. But, ya’ll know me, I’m all about getting the look for less ๐Ÿ™‚

Please tell me I’m not the only one out there who has decorating ADD….

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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Very neat signs!

  2. Ack! I can’t believe you painted over those beautiful plaques, so it’s a good thing I love ya to bits and understand your decorating musical chairs habit. lol They look great!

  3. I love the new look of the signs. Little projects are in the budget for me. I enjoy doing the little things,get it done and onto the next. Your signs turned out wonderful. Hugs, Cindy

  4. I love your signs!! I have some old pictures under my guest bathroom sink and cant bare to throw them out, i think you just gave them new life!! Thank you!!

    Also you are not the only one out there with DADD lol

  5. Gina,
    Very cute and no you’re not the only one with decorating ADD. If you find the cure let me know, my home and family would be thrilled!
    I’ve decided this year that I’m going to do lots of “Little” projects around our place, they seem to be to ones that I can complete before being distracted on other projects.

  6. Oh wow, what a great makeover. I like budget decorating ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Haha! Yes, I think we all have a little decorating ADD. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great tutorial. The new signs look fantastic.

  8. Oh, I thought we all had decorating ADD! Love the signs!

  9. CUTE…I just bought a can and looking for ways to use it!

  10. Your new # signs look great but I’d most likely have used something else. I really liked the original version, likely due to fact I’m not ready to let go of the french idea just yet. Maybe you didn’t have anything else to use at the moment, lol? Jey gal they were your plaques so you did what you wanted, who am I to even comment on it?
    Don’t we all go thru a decorating ADD period now and then? Alot of what I do and when is very much on impulse. I could be knee deep in a project but see something else I can’t wait to make so I let previous project wait and maybe don’t get back to it for awhile.
    Love your blog so much Gina, so glad you’re affiliated with Graphics Fairy. Did I say that right? Hope so.

  11. Gina, I don’t think it’s ADD, we just don’t have enough rooms! If we each had another 10 or 20 rooms in our homes to decorate we could just keep them all going on a rotation! Beautiful signs!

  12. They look very nice if you were tired of the Frenchie stuff you might as well make them into something you way to deal with decor ADD is to do different styles in different rooms..Retro kitchen..Shabby/French bedroom..etc..Why does a whole house have to be done in the same style??..Works for me..

  13. Oh Patti has it so right, I’m always thinking I need a bigger house so I could try more things and keep them all! I love the signs, they are Farmhouse, but modern at the same time! I definitely have DADD, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing when we do it so cost efficiently ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing,


  14. I am definitely into “little projects” and I hope I can complete a few this year. I wanted to have letter signs but they are quite expensive online and I couldn’t find them at local shops. I think the French signs look lovely as they are but being able to give them an entirely new look is so cool!

  15. The signs look awesome…definitely a good way to reuse those signs that were {darling but} overdue for a makeover. Especially6 in an ADD household. I think everyone that comes to my house says the same thing…”You’ve changed things again…”. Um, yeah, I’m with ya!!!

  16. I think the condition I have is similar to deco ADD…. I change things but don’t get rid of the previous style so they both have to co-habitate. What would that be called?


  17. Haha, I am VERY deep into my “French Phase” and have been for years of my life, in part because I have french ancestry so my love never really goes away for long. It literally hurt to see you paint over those cute signs. LOL It’s almost as painful as watching people paint beautiful “french provincial” furniture in god awful colors. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t understand the appeal of wanting numbers on the walls but I really liked the whole tutorial process! It makes me want to buy/find some ugly metal signs and mod podge my own pictures. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. I love using these metal signs from the dollar store for easy upcycles… I made some with chalkboard paint last year and thought I came up with this idea myself. (sorry) I love yours too Gina!

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