Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
It’s no secret that I am an old sign fanatic. I just find the look enticing, and totally fits in with any season.

But that can be a bad thing too…

One place I really love to do something special with is behind my kitchen stove.

This Bakery sign stood the test of time for an entire year.

A YEAR! Can you believe I left ANYTHING up for one whole year?!

Well, that just doesn’t cut it for a decorator type! So right after Christmas, I made myself pull it down, gave the backsplash a fresh coat of white paint, and let it stay that way. Bare. For 3 months.

When I was finally ready to do something new… I couldn’t decide on a new theme.

Reclaimed scrap wood coffee sign to hang mugs using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
But this reclaimed wood heart project changed all that.

I didn’t have room to place this coffee mug holder in my kitchen, but I LOVED the pieced together scrap wood treatment. So I set about trying to come up with a way for the look to fit my designated space.

Rustic industrial farmhouse kitchen with reclaimed wood sign made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Now, allow me to give you the 5 cent tour of the kitchen so you can see my wall space dilemma.

There isn’t much of it in this kitchen. As in none. I chose 3 windows instead.

Here’s part of my kitchen reno series I never did finish. LOL

Maybe I should just call this post the reveal and call it a day… 

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The kitchen can become dark with all the wood and black accents, so I like choosing minimal accessories that are lighter in tone and scale if possible.

For that reason, the walls went WHITE WHITE! Right outa the can.

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To see more of the kitchen:

View Farmhouse Window Valance HERE

View Pipe Shelf Phone Station HERE

Kitchen coffee station pipe shelf in an industrial farmhouse kitchen | funkyjunkinteriors.net
View Pipe Shelf Coffee Station HERE

Things in layers really help to save space too, such as this little pipe coffee station, as well as my pipe shelf phone station.

So for me, behind the stove is prime real estate for decor AND function. It’s all I have left.

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
And this is what I ended up doing. Fun!

This lunch sign is just the right amount of wood, but not too heavy, thanks to the white wood mix.

And it functions well as a mug holder for my precious AM brew, and even provides a little storage for my wooden spoons.

But that isn’t all. What this sign ultimately does after the fact will make it an absolute breeze to change themes next time I’m so inlined! 

Year schmeer. I can now change it out in 30 seconds! My kinda DIY!

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How to make Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs
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What you’ll need: (includes some Amazon affiliate links)

3 planks of wood

kitchen themed stencils – I used Lunch, Pantry, and Coffee found HERE

stencil brush

paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black (website link)

miter saw

palm sander

cordless drill


Reclaimed wood scraps to make an interchangeable kitchen sign with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

1. Gather up 3 boards of choice.

This really can be a combo of anything you like. I chose a woodsy one in the centre, because I really love stencilling crate looking markings on wood tones, plus it adds visual weight to just the middle.

2. Cut to desired size, then lightly sand surfaces and edges.

For a true scrap wood look, try 3 different lengths! Or cut them all the same.

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3. Decide on the messages you wish the middle board to showcase, ensuring they fit.

This is the very best part of this entire project. I got 3 signs out of the time it took to pretty much make one.

Find the LUNCH stencil HERE

Stencil tip: I often tape off sections of stencils to create the messages desired. Taping off is a precaution, so you don’t accidentally stencil through those areas.

Reclaimed wood scraps to make an interchangeable kitchen LUNCH sign with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
4. Stencil on your designs.

Basic – Learn how to stencil HERE

Everything – Learn ALL ABOUT STENCILLING, including my chosen gear, how to clean, what to make, etc.

In a nutshell, the drier your brush, the cleaner your images will turn out.

Paint source:

I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s coal black, my go to for crate looking designs.

Reclaimed wood scraps to make an interchangeable kitchen LUNCH sign with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Installing interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
5. Mount the boards to your desired location by screwing them directly onto the wall.

Caution: Attach wood behind your gas stove at your own risk. I place a metal cookie sheet in front of it when cooking. Wood stays cool to the touch. Or use idea in a different area.

Coffee mugs hang from interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Gap Tip: I have a board and batten wall treatment, which creates a little space behind the boards, perfect for using S hooks to hang stuff. If you wish for similar, assemble your boards together from the back first spaced WITH gaps before installing onto the wall.

Here are 2 portable coffee sign designs made with this in mind:

Long coffee sign with gaps

Compact crate lid styled coffee sign with gaps

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
And then… goodness. This photo shoot took all day long, because it was so fun to change the sign! I mean, where do you even stop and just call it a day?!

p.s. I ate breakfast at about 4 pm. Tells you all you need to know.

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
LUNCH – stencil HERE

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
COFFEE – stencil here

A good solid coffee sign will always win in my book! Seasonless, and fun to look at!

There are actually two coffee stencils (to date) to choose from.

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Tell me this doesn’t have you wanting to brew coffee 24/7… the struggle is real.

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
This is the setup that I ultimately left up. For now. LOVE it! Simple, yet super useful for my coffee cup stash and wooden spoons at the ready for cooking needs.

And really easy to remove the jar, replacing it with a metal cookie sheet during cooking.

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
PANTRY stencil HERE

This pantry sign showcases all the same sized boards for a truer sign look.

Fun fact… I stole this sign from this PANTRY SHELF.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign in these parts.

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Interchangeable rustic farmhouse kitchen signs with Pantry, Lunch, Coffee using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
See what I mean? So! Many! Options! And they all work well.

I didn’t even make a BAKERY sign yet! Then again, I’ve already had that up all last year… 🙂

So there you have it. An interchangeable kitchen sign so I now have no excuse on deciding what to hang up. Just change the message, season or theme depending!

I could see this working anywhere you need to hang something. Coats, bathroom towels, changing area in a bedroom. The additional boards really add some weight to an otherwise very simple sign.

Now… back to my regularly scheduled messy kitchen state… it’s time to eat and brew coffee after all.

But the spotless kitchen was super fun to have for nearly an entire DAY. 

Another first…

Have I inspired you to try an interchangeable sign next round?

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  1. Love the interchange concept and I really like your kitchen. The island on an angle is fantastic. With the farm up for sale I guess I’ll just keep dreaming about the future and all the fun things I plan to incorporate.

    • Thanks Carole! The angled island works really well in our space. The entire upper floor is open concept, having removed walls, so the island also works as our kitchen table. This allowed me to have a massive blogging desk area in the real kitchen table area. Priorities you know… haha

      I do love the configuration of the kitchen. It’s different! The hardwood floor also angles with the island just in the kitchen area, adding a little more definition.

      I cannot WAIT to see how your new place comes together!

  2. what a fun idea! great at home & for a business like the coffee shop you frequent. love the white piece of wood with the dark.

    which of the coffee stencils is the most popular? I have the one you used, but the other one is also super cute!

    • Thanks Jane!

      National Coffee is one of the top performers, (slips JUST under Farmers’ Market which is #1) but I think lots of that is due to it being one of the first to be launched. Ok, maybe design too. 🙂 It’s designed after an antique coffee crate.

      Homestead Coffee was designed in a more condensed format, so it would fit smaller areas. You’ll find it handy if you have found National a little too wide. For this reason, the word COFFEE is bolder so it stands out.

  3. I absolutely love this idea! I have a separate pantry area…my house was built in 1892. It’s an old victorian house but I love the farmhouse look. I am s-l-o-w-l-y changing my kitchen around to the farmhouse look…(against my husbands wishes–but he’s liking what I’m doing).

  4. What a great post! Love your kitchen and the interchangeable signs. With tile everythere in our kitchen would need to find another place for signs. Thank you for sharing.