Thursday, August 11, 2011

Weathered Beach House Sign

Since the 4th of July is over (and has been for over a month), I decided it was about time to switch out the decorations in our seasonal shelf. I thought this time I would go with a nautical beach theme. Problem was (just like patriotic decor), I had nothing to display. So, the past few days I have been crafting like crazy to get some projects done. Here is the first project I finished.
This sign started out as a weathered board on a pallet. I took it home and roughly cut it down to size.
 Then I sanded and glued the pieces together.
I (well, I and my little helper) painted it with watered down black paint
and then applied a two coats of light blue/gray paint.
I used my vinyl cutter to make a stencil. It took a bit of time to get it to stick, since the wood was so rough. But, eventually, I got it to stay put.
I painted one good coat of white spray paint and sanded it. I probably could have stopped here, but, I wanted it to look way more weathered.
So, I started applying black paint in random sizes and places.
Then, I applied another stencil, spray painted again, and gave it one more rough sanding.
And then I happily displayed it on the shelf.
because that is one project down!
Obviously, had I originally known I wanted such a weathered look, I would have painted the black before I stenciled at all. Then, I would have only had to stencil once. But, I didn't know, so I got to stencil twice!
 Now, I'd better hurry and finish the rest of the projects before summer is over and I have to switch to a new theme.

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Kim T. said...

I love it! Mind sharing what you used to make the vinyl stencil?

Michelle Paige said...

Love your Beach House sign! You wouldn't believe it, but I'm actually making a Beach sign today. Thanks for the inspiration!

evie @ brown paper packages said...

Very cute!!

AmieAnn said...

Love your pallet sign! Looks amazing! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @

Kim said...

This sign makes me wish I lived closer to a beach... Oh the decor I would have... Great blog, I'm your newest follower.

Michelle Paige said...

Thanks for commenting on my Beach Sign. I appreciate you coming over to my blog. Thanks for the love.

Tres Chere Vintage Market said...

I have a couple of friends that have houses on the beach,Ino they would go nuts over this idea!!LOL

Karen said...

It turned out really cute! I love the weathered look:) Great job!!

Suzy Myers said...

Very nice! Very beachy! I would be honored if you would link this project up to my Commercial Break Thursday!


Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Very cute little sign!!!

Sara said...

SO darling!! Would LOVE for you to link this up to my brand new turquoise linky party!! ;) Hope you can come!

Chessa said...

So cute! I found a piece of driftwood recently and I think I'm gonna do the same thing. Thanks for the tutorial.

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