Now that I know how cheap and easy you can make your own signs, I'm on a roll. Here's one I whipped up out of a cutting of MDF.
It was as easy as brushing the entire board with white paint. Then I created and printed my French wording stencil, which translates to "The Chen House". That is our family name. :)
Then I used the pencil rubbing method to transfer my words. I coloured in the words with black marker and then did a black paint "wash and wipe" over the top.
It came out a bit dark initially so I used some more white paint to dry brush over the top and then lightly wiped. This blended everything nicely.
I didn't have any spare strips of wood on hand, but I think I might at a later date add a frame to the back to make it look deeper and more like a real plank of old wood.
But in the meantime I'm super happy with our personalised French family sign taking pride of place above the TV in our lounge room.