Wood Crate Sign DIY

It didn't take me too long to decide on what I wanted to make with those crates.

One look at the new Ballard Design Magazine

and the search was over.

See the picture above?

It was just a wine crate


With it's chippy paint

in that perfect shade of  blue gray.

I made sure to use these in the project.


Now this is not the correct way to join wood together.

Let's face it...

I'm always looking for the easy way.

How about you?

It works


I'm going with it..

Look's crazy I know..


hang in there..

It's just perfect!

I love this old wood!

It was not easy to paint on


so worth it!

I'm still picking out splinters..hehe

Here are two reasons

why I love this old wood so much.

The old nails holes


this old blue paint.

Sorry for all of the pictures..

but ...I could not resist

Here is a peek at the Ballard's Sign


Thank you Ballard

I love your style!

Now for the moment

you have been waiting for.

The winner of the beautiful


Norma Lee

Congrat's Norma Lee

Please e-mail me.

ps.. just to answer a few questions

I painted free hand because the wood was so rough.
I have no idea what the sign say's but I would love to know.
The metal braces came from Wal Mart.
xoxox Susie


  1. I love your sign, but what does it say? You did a super job with it. It looks so good over your bed. Love & blessings from NC!

  2. Oh as soon as I saw that issue of Ballard I wanted to make this sign too. Now I can copy your technique.

    It looks great.

  3. I have loved this Ballards sign since I first layed eyes on it. Yours turned out wonderful! Did you use a stencil or is it hand painted?

  4. The sign looks fabulous! I have some old shipping crates I have been wanting to create the same thing just haven't accomplished it yet.

  5. Susie. Seriously. You are amazing.

    Your sign is absolutely darling. What kind of saw do you use? Did you do all that cutting with a jigsaw?

    You are an INCREDIBLY talented painter. Wow. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. Woo Hoo, Susieness! I knew you would think up something wonderful! I love your sign and you did such a fab job! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Madame, your cool sign is for the "Pruvost Sweet Shop" at Lille, Flanders, which is the 4th largest city in France...so you might want to put some chocolates on those pillows!

  8. Perfect! I knew you would create something great with the boxes! I have admired that sign in Ballards for awhile! Fabulous!

  9. You did a fantastic job Susie! Thank you for the step by step! Yours is better! Have a great day! ~lulu

  10. Tres Fantastique! Pardon my French - I just make it up as I go! Great job.

  11. Susie, I love this sign! You did an amazing job...and I love the shape of it. You really made an amazing copy! I like yours even better than the other one.
    Have a happy Mother's day!

  12. What a fantastic idea! Oh, Susie, it looks fabulous! And, I love your inventiveness in connecting the wood together! It's gorgeous and sure give's Ballard Designs a run for the money! Great job and thanks for sharing!
    xoxo Beth

  13. LOVE IT!

    The old wood looks beautiful. Nicely done!

  14. So pretty. You did a great job!

  15. I knew you'd come up with something brilliant. Love it!
    Enjoy your week.

  16. Love your sign! what does it say? Personally, i think yours looks way better than the ballard one.
    Congrats to Norma Lee on the giveaway1

  17. It is way cool Susie!!! I LOVE how it turned out! Another fabulous project under your belt :)

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  18. OMG I love it! It came out beautiful. How did you paint that freehand? I am in awe!!

  19. Love it! You make old wood look fabulous!

  20. Great Job! The sign looks marvelous. You are soooooo talented. Thanks for sharing,

  21. I am glad you took so many pictures loved seeing them. Great job.

  22. This turned out fabulous! I have been eyeing that sign in Ballards as well... love it!

  23. LOvely. I so enjoy looking at what you see when you are handed a pile of treasure. Sea Witch

  24. Oh my goodness...beautiful! I needed more ideas for my market and this might just be the perfect thing! I love your easy way of doing things...my husband cringes sometimes at the way I do things...but you know what, at least I can do it and it always stays together! haha.

    Except for last night, I was spray painting tin recipe boxes, and got impatient. I ignored his "you're gonna regret being that close and trying to do it so fast."

    Now I just hope that the runs ALL over the backside of one of them pass as "vintage charm" hehe. Anyway, thanks for the pictures, you did an amazing job!!

  25. I have been drooling over that very sign in Ballard Designs all weekend and look what you made!! Looks Perfect!!! Wish i had your talent!!! Great job,

  26. Dude...you are amazing! I too had big eyeballs for that Ballard sign :) I love all of your artwork - my only problem is I need more walls!

    Hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day - tell your Dad good find on those crates again :)


  27. I love it!

    It is a sign for a candy shop in Lille which is in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

    You did a wonderful job painting that!

  28. gorgeous! I Love it! You are so clever!!

  29. You are so talented. The sign looks just as good as Ballad! Great job.

  30. Thank you so much for my wonderful sign! It arrived today and I already know exactly where I am going to put it.

  31. Susie, again you have amazed me with your talent. I love seeing what you come up with, with your hand me down treasures! : )

    Thanks for your sweet comment...I miss you, too!

  32. Seriously! You are AMAZING! I am so in love with this project. It's amazing.

  33. Oh my goodness...SWOON!! You did a fabulous job with that sign...I am in love...might have to try that with my crates!!
    Happy Monday xOxO Nerina

  34. I LOVE IT Susie- great job!!

  35. great ideas using those that way! would never had thought of that....I'm sure you'll sell them all!!

  36. I love your sign! You have inspired me to go get some of those old boards on one of our old barns!

    Also, YEAH ME! Thank you!!!! I luv luv luv the pillow!

  37. Loving your sign! Morning T sent me here after seeing my post yesterday (where I use the Ballard sign as a headboard). The Ballard sign was too perfect looking, so I roughed it up a bit, but even so, yours is WAY more fabulous because of REAL wood. Great work!

  38. Girl, what a fabulous copy that is! You are SO good with that stuff.

  39. Cool sign -love the rustic look! And I've been so intrigued lately by all the great knock off things, especially the ones inspired by Pottery Barn..., and I included your Pottery Barn vs Walmart lantern in my post -thanks!

    Maya @ Completely Coastal

  40. you did an amazing job on that sign!!

  41. I just saw that in their catalog and swooned over it! Yours is wonderful! I would choose yours over theirs just because of the ingenuity you used to make it. making something with your hands and for practically nothing is so much more rewarding than dialing 1-800... Love it, Theresa

  42. I knew that whatever you decided to make would be magnificent. It looks so wonderful.

    Another beauty!!!!!!!!!!


  43. Darling Susie, I love that old piece and it really looks soooo great over your bed!!!!!
    Maria Cecilia

  44. This is incredible..I love it. I saw that sign in the Ballard Catalog awhile back and fell in love with it..but not the price tag..great job! I will be featuring your vintage key art and your flag on my blog on Monday. Will need to feature this one too!

    Come stop by

  45. What a great sign. It adds a nice vintage touch to the decor. Thank you for sharing!

  46. you painted this free hand!!! oy, ur good! did u use a straight edge or ruler or mark lines to get the lettering straight? thx!


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