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DIY Love Sign For Your Valentine

Create a DIY love sign using finds from your garage, junk drawer, or workshop. 

This is a fun piece to display for Valentine’s Day. I can keep the sign for next year or take the sign apart and use the pieces in another project. 

junk finds and reclaimed wood to make a love sign for Valentines Day (2)

This is Thrift Store Decor Tour Day, and we have nine thrifty makeovers to share today.

The reclaimed wood board I selected for my sign base is the side of a small drawer. It has been in my wood stash forever. I painted it years ago, trying out different paint techniques. 

metal cabinet in the workshop with hardware and drawer pulls

I went through my stash of hardware and rusty pieces I’ve collected over the years. This cabinet I purchased at an auction in Arkansas is crammed full of stuff.

old garden spigots for DIY projects

I love using old garden spigots in projects. I even used one as a drawer pull.

love sign pieces

These are the pieces I finally selected for the “love” letters.

make a  Valentines Day sign

Once I laid the pieces out on the piece of wood, I realized they blended with the wood too much, and I needed some color contrast somewhere.

Miss Lillians No Wax Chock Paint

I recently purchased this pretty paint color in Miss Lillian’s No-Wax Chock Paint and decided to paint the wood board.

paint a piece of reclaimed wood pink or red and make a love sign

The color is more fuchsia than red and is perfect for a Valentine’s sign. I brushed on one coat of paint and then distressed the paint using a sanding block so it would look aged. 

add a wire hanger and foam wall protectors to a wood sign

Adding foam wall protectors to the four corners on the backside of the sign helps protect the wall from damage. I added two screws with a piece of wire strung between the two for a hanger. The writing on the back of the board is the names of the paints I used for the earlier paint technique sample board.

Dixie Belle Satin Sealer

The paint is very flat with no sheen at all. I used Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin to give it a little shine. The sealer goes on white but dries clear. You can see where the black paint and a bit of bare wood show through where I distressed the paint.

DIY Valentine Sign

The final step was the easiest. I used hot glue to adhere the pieces to the board. The photo I took of the glue process was really bad, so no photo, but you guys know how to use hot glue.

Love sign DIY project

I decided at the last minute to make the “V” a vase. 

artificial flowers for Love sign DIy project

I liked the white flowers with the pink tips, but the contrast with the bold yellow flowers was the best.

DIY Valentine Sign made with old hardware and drawer pulls

You might also have noticed I changed out the garden spigot “O” letter. I ran across the Easltake-style door knob plate and decided it worked better with the other pieces. old hardware and reclaimed wood sign

I’m not sure about the flowers, but they make the piece look different from Valentine’s love signs I’ve made in the past. Like this one…

Love letter sign

This is the Love Letters Block Sign I made many years ago. Now it’s time to take the Thrift Store Decor Tour. Just click the text links below the “before” makeovers photo collage….

Thrift Store Decor Projects Before Makeovers

Thrift Store Decor Tour….
Vintage Headboard Makeover – My Repurposed Life
Love Sign – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
Thrift Store Box Makeover – Our Southern Home
Upcycled Boho Bamboo Decor – House Of Hawthornes
DIY Vintage Aged Pottery Vessel – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Eleven Washboard Upcycled Projects – Organized Clutter
Upcycled Cedar Chest Trunk – Shop At Blu

Valentine Sign Project

Leave a quick note if you have time and thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I’m so envious of your stash of junk!

    Your sweet love sign is perfect. I love the tall part of the “L.” I think the V as a vase is very clever.


  2. This is such a creative project, I love all the pieces you have collected over the years to create the word love!

  3. Kathy, so cute! I’ve never used Miss Lillian’s. It’s in my list. What a great use for that pile of salvaged metal hardware! Pinned.

  4. Kathy,
    Easy with a wow factor is what I’m about these days. That fun color is just perfect for Valentine’s Day. Going through that next hardware bin that I come across. Your garage storage cabinet is perfection!