Simple Porch Sign Post DIY
I’ve seen these porch sign posts all over our neighborhood and decided I had to have one too. After commissioning The Mean Man, he set about the checking our supply of left over building materials and came up with a lot of what we needed.
We had a the 4×4 cedar fence post leftover from our fence installation a year ago. Also in our stack of leftovers were leftover 2×12 boards left from the industrial shelving we built for our laundry room makeover. We were well on our way!
A trip to Lowe’s was in order to pick up the rest of what we needed. We purchased a flat top fence post cap, wood deck post deck trim, some wall panel moulding (to trim out the base), and a deck post finial to crown the top of the post. Something is needed from which to hang your sign so I went with an oil-rubbed-bronze double hook. I decided I wanted to stain the post and then paint over the stain with chalk paint. This would allow a dark under color that will come through when we distressed it. Lowe’s carries chalk paint- but there was no way I’m spending over $25 for a pint of paint. So we decided to check to see what the Walmart next door had to offer.
In Walmart’s craft section, they carry Waverly Chalk Paint. It was like $8 or so for 16 oz. SOLD! We had dark walnut stain leftover, again from our laundry room shelf project. Sealing the post is important because it will be, well, on the front porch and will be subject to the elements. We went with a spray on varnish to give that protection.
Here’s how we did it:
This is seriously so simple. The toughest part is matching up the pieces to be connected to one another. If you choose to do like we did and want a finial on the top of the flat fence post cap, you need to find center to drill a hole that will allow the finial to be screwed into it.
Put the cap on the top of the fence post and drill down so the finial can be screwed in through the cap into the post itself.
The 2×12 is cut to where it’s a 12×12 square. There is a ton of wind out where we live so we wanted a very sturdy base. We (and of course, when I say “we” I mean The Mean Man) notched around the base so the trim piece would sit nicely on top and wrap around the bottom of the base. That decorative piece that wraps around the base of the post was purchased at Lowe’s.
After determining the center of base, a portion of the post that was cut away was used as a template to determine where we’d attach the base to the post.
This shows the base from the bottom.
Here’s how it looked after screwing it all together. You can see the trim that’s around the base. It’s what fit into the notches that were cut earlier.
Now to make it pretty.
Using a wood filler, we covered all the cracks where the items fit together. And then it’s time for sanding and stain. The post is made of cedar so was pretty rough. We sanded all the pieces smooth and used a sponge brush to stain the post in a dark walnut.
We let the stain dry overnight, then painted over it with chalk paint. The dark stain was lovely as it was. You could totally just stain and seal yours if that’s your style.
After painting, we took a sanding block and started roughing up the edges to give the post a distressed look.
Once the entire post was roughed up enough, we sprayed on a sealer. After a day of drying, we added the decorative hook.
Finally we added two cup hooks to the back side top and bottom so I could attach garland for that extra decorative touch.
Finally I made a sign that has the perfect sentiment for the Thanksgiving season. This “Grateful” sign says it all. It’s a tutorial for anther day.