So in catching you guys up on six months worth of projects and furniture updates I won’t even attempt to post in any sort of specific order, just whatever comes to mind that day or happens to be relevant to me at the moment, ha. One of my most recent projects was this little beach sign, that was prompted by an invitation to a “Pinterest Party” (everyone brings a Pinterest recipe and works on a craft from their Pinterest list or all work on one predicated craft, depending on what the group decides). Since we had just moved in and the house was in shambles (and lets be real – still is lol) I wasn’t about to go digging about for supplies but at the same time didn’t want to run out and re-buy a bunch of things that I already owned (albeit may never find based on the current state of what will eventually be turned to my craft room, haha). My solution? A scrap wood project!
One of the things we’ve learned in our many moves is that the movers will pack some strange things. Granted I appreciate them erring on the side of caution when packing items and not just assuming we wont need questionable items and tossing them to the side, there have been reports of movers packing used dog bones, toilet brushes (gah! so gross!) and even trash cans full of trash! Needless to say we usually wind up with one or two things that definitely didn’t need to make the trip and would have been just trashed at our place of origin, haha. This particular move they ended up packing up some scrap wood that was meant for the trash and I’m actually thankful they did! One ended up being a perfect two foot piece and even with our saw table still broken down I was able to find a small space in the corner of the garage to plug in our saw and cut it into three eight inch pieces on the floor – don’t attempt this at home, lol. As for the “seas the day” quote and beach style of this piece, it was inspired by our guest/kids bathroom which is a beach theme (you can read about our bathroom transformation here and although we’ve moved several times since, we’ve managed to keep the theme and same décor going from home to home). I’ll give a quick tutorial but make sure to check back on this post for links to other DIY beach projects you can find in this bathroom!
- 3 8″ pieces of scrap wood
- paint – if you like my choices I used “Blue Lagoon” and “String of Pearls” both by Valspar (I purchased sample sizes of both) and both amazing coastal colors.
- electric sander or sanding blocks
- painter’s tape
- x-acto knife
- computer and printer
- dark or clear furniture wax (hard or soft, whichever you prefer/have on hand)
- 8 eye hooks – the size is up to you, I used very small ones since they’re not bearing any real weight.
- drill with very small drill bit – this is to drill tiny holes for the eye hooks on the bottoms and tops of the individual signs so it will be easy to twist them in. My hubby can usually twist these in without drilling so if you’re super jacked you might be able to skip this step [insert muscle emoji lol]
- keyhole hanging system (to mount sign on the wall once complete)
Step 1 – Begin by painting each of your three wood pieces in blue (or white if you plan on doing the reverse color scheme. Once dry, distress them by using either an electric sander, hand sander or sand paper.
Step 2 – For painting on your letters using the painter’s tape/x-acto knife method refer to this post. If you have access to a cricut or silhouette you can skip this step and just create your stencil using your machine.
Step 3 – Once you have the wording on your piece and it is fully dry lightly sand over the surface to further distress and remove any excess paint build up around the edges of the words. Dust off your piece and apply your wax as per the instructions on the particular wax you are using. I used a dark wax for this piece to add a warmth/distressed look – the soft wax I’ve been using lately is Chalk Mountain All Natural Wax available via Amazon. If you need some guidance or pointers on applying soft wax to your projects there are some great tutorials on YouTube!
Step 4 – Next, drill *very* small holes on the tops/bottoms of each piece where you plan to insert the eye hooks (I drilled them two inches in on each side), make sure your drill bit is smaller than the girth of your eye hooks because you want them to screw in tightly. Once you have drilled your holes simply twist in your eye hooks.
Step 5 – Almost done! Now use a small piece of twine to tie each of the signs together.
Step 6 – Finally, secure your keyhole hangers to the back of the top-most piece. D-rings would work too I just prefer the keyhole hangers so that the sign will be flush with the wall.
That’s it! There you have it, a fun little beach sign that can be made with minimal materials. Don’t feel like making it yourself? It’s available in my Etsy shop so feel free to purchase one directly from me!
Fan of coastal chic décor? Here are some links to check out some of my other coastal chic projects:
Coastal Chic Side-Table Re-Do
DIY Nautical Twine Picture Frame
A snapshot of our current coastal living situation 🙂