Weathered Beach Signs

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Spring break has come and gone and many people hit the beach during this time of year. We come back home with a bag of seashells, the sound of the ocean waves crashing in our ears, and the smell of warm, summery air in our nostrils. Bring a little of that beachy feeling home even farther by making some rustic looking beach signs to dress up your home. Ideal for bathroom decor!

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These signs are just simple slats of wood you can buy at the craft store. Mine actually started out with the distressed primitive look, I made them when I still had my craft store back in 2003. They definitely needed updating, so I sanded them down as much as I could before getting started.

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I originally made this project for JoAnn Fabrics via DecoArt. I used Americana acrylic paints in Buttermilk, Flesh Tone, Spa Blue, Mint Julep and Cool White. Americana actually has quite a few new colors that are very beach worthy as well, so I’ll be using some of those in the future.

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First I gave them all a coat of Cool White and let them dry.

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Then I painted each one with the different colors noted above.

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I used Word to create the words surf, relax, beach and sand. If you don’t like the fonts that I chose, you can certainly make your own. 🙂 If you like them, the Word pattern file is in the printable instructions below. Trim the words and place them on the slats.

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Use a ball point pen, or a stylus if you have one, to trace around the words, pressing firmly to create indentations in the wood below.

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This makes it a lot easier to paint your letters!

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Use a liner brush to fill in the letters with Cool White. Note: You could probably use a white painter’s pen to do this too!

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Dry brush some streaks across the surface.

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Then do some sanding to create that weathered look. Sand lightly in some areas and harder in others.

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You can see that I have sanded through some of the lettering as well as exposing the wood in the corners and on the edges.

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It’s totally up to you how much you expose.

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When you’re done sanding, brush them off really well so there’s no sanding dust left on them. Spray them with acrylic sealer in matte finish.

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I used wall putty to hang mine, but you could certainly attach a picture hanger to the back.

Here are some close ups at different angles:

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These would also be fun attached to a spike and placed in the yard or by the porch!

Weathered Beach Signs

             What you need:

    • 4 – 7” x 3” wood slats
    • Flat paintbrush
    • liner paintbrush
    • Toothpick
    • Pattern for fonts
    • Sandpaper, preferably a handheld power sander
     Americana Paints:
  • Buttermilk
  • Flesh Tone
  • Spa Blue
  • Mint Julep Green
  • Cool White
  • font pattern

What you do:

  1. Paint wooden slats with Cool White paint.
  2. Paint each slat with a different color (Flesh Ton, Spa Blue, Mint Julep Green and Buttermilk).
  3. Use Word to create the words beach, surf, relax and sand or print out the pattern.
  4. Place each word onto a slat and trace the words using a ball point pen or a stylus, pressing firmly so as to create indents in the wood slat underneath.
  5. Use Cool White to paint the words.
  6. Dip flat paintbrush into Cool White and wipe off all of the excess paint onto a paper towel. You want to create a dry brushed looked, so lightly paint streaks across the surface of the slat.
  7. Sand the edges and lightly across the top of the slats to create a weathered look.
  8. Spray with an acrylic matte sealer.

Courtesy: CraftsbyAmanda

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