Here is the sign I promised you all last week!
All You Need Is Love & the Beach….I’d say that’s pretty much true. How about you?
This was so easy….I promise. You can do this…and I’m going to show you how.
I’d had this old (cheapy print) picture hanging on my back screened porch for a few years. (it was very faded and did I mention, cheap?)
Time for it to go!
Perfectly good board so why throw it out? I didn’t. I decided to paint right over it and re-use it.
First coat was Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®.
Then I took a dry brush and did a very heavy dry brushing with Pure White (also Chalk Paint) over the top of the whole thing.
I really only wanted to see bits of blue and have a kind of washed effect.
Next I created my graphic….
I printed it out in reverse, mirror image, taped to the board and transferred the image.
(I just rubbed on this side of the lettering with a spoon)
Transferred and ready to paint….
Looking at my design I realized I had a lot of space left over. I hadn’t planned for anything else on the board but decided to add something to the area at the top right and bottom left.
I hand painted the lettering in with a little watered down Graphite Chalk Paint.
(tip: it’s easier to handle and work with if it’s watered down just a little..especially on small thin letters)
After that was dry I lightly sanded the lettering.
I gave it a quick spray of Minwax Polycrylic to seal it.
Then I attached the sand dollar and starfish with a hot glue gun. (I painted the sand dollar and star fish with “Oyster” colored metallic paint)
Aren’t they pretty painted with that shimmery metallic paint? I am just loving the seashells painted with it.
See the rope in the photo below? That was an afterthought too.
I was thinking I’d wrap it around the whole thing but then decided I only needed it on the sides.
Here it is all finished and displayed where it’s going to “live” in my home.
Right up on my new shelf along with my collection of vintage blue bottles.
Love these bottles….
…and my new shelf.
This sits right over top of my Chalk Painted French Arm Chair.
But I can’t show you the full photo yet because I have a little French graphic/grain sack cabinet (right beside the chair) to share with you all first.
But for now…this DIY, super easy, anyone can do it, re-purposed thrifty beach sign.
Do you have any old things laying around that you can turn into something else and re-use?
I love taking what I have and creating something entirely different. It’s fun and good on the budget!
If you missed my “How to Decorate on a Budget” post last week you can see it –> here.
I share similar things like this, furniture, thrifted items, etc, that I have decorated with very inexpensively.
It’s a new series I’ve started and will be sharing all the thrifty decor in each of my rooms as I complete them.
If you love to decorate thrifty or re-invent things, I’d love to hear about it…or see it!
Send me a message or let me know in the comments below.