All You Need Is Love & the Beach {Thrifty Sign Tutorial}

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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?

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Before-After - #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

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?)

Old faded sign, reinvented - Simple DIY Beach Sign - #diy #beach #sign

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®.

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - First Coat of Chalk Paint #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

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.

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Dry Brushed second coat - #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

I really only wanted to see bits of blue and have a kind of washed effect.

Next I created my graphic….

All you need is love and the beach printable - #beach #coastal #sayings #quotes

All you need is love and the beach mirror

You can download it here and for the mirrored image here. (free for personal use)

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)

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Transferring Lettering - #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

Transferred and ready to paint….

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - EASY transfer method #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

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)

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Lettering Hand Painted #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

After that was dry I lightly sanded the lettering.

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Up Close Lettering #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy
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)

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Finished Lettering Sign #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

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.

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Shells #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

Here it is all finished and displayed where it’s going to “live” in my home.

For now. :)

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - bookshelf #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

Right up on my new shelf along with my collection of vintage blue bottles.

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - New Shelf - Old Bottles - #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

Love these bottles….

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Vintage Bottles #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

…and my new shelf. :)

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - New DIY Shelf & Sign #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

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.

Soon. :)

But for now…this DIY, super easy, anyone can do it, re-purposed thrifty beach sign.

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - Finished Sign - #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

Love & the Beach - DIY Sign Tutorial - with books #thrifty #homedecor #beach #sign #coastal #diy

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. :)

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  1. says

    That is so cute! The shells are a lovely feature. Sorry if this is a silly question, but how did you get the lettering to come off the paper and onto the board? Did you use a special ink or paper? I’d love to try something similar at home! Thank you x

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Helen! :)
      Sometimes if the print is thick enough, you can just rub the back and the ink (from a regular inkjet printer, regular paper) will transfer. Other times, if it’s small, intricate print I will rub pencil lead or chalk over it and trace it.
      Hope you have a great weekend!!

  2. chris aka monkey says

    i love anything beach…grew up in fl…in tn now so i do miss the beach…. this looks like something i could do with your free printable thanks for sharing this is so “beachy” xx

  3. Sheila Moore says

    Nancy what a great sign. Going to go searching for a picture to re-do so I can have this in my home too!

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Sheila! :) It’s so easy, you can definitely do it! And so much the better with something you already have.
      Have a great weekend! xo

  4. Karen H says

    Nancy, love the sign! The font you used for the words “Love” and “Beach” is perfect for the sign! What font is that?

    Also, what Oyster paint did you use? It is a spray paint or in a can? And the brand? It’s really great!

    Nice job! xo

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Karen!! :)
      That font is called Great Vibes. The Oyster is Modern Masters. It’s perfect for seashells!

    • Nancy says

      Thank you Paula :) Oh yep, I think it doesn’t matter if you are or not! It’s all about what you love, right?!

  5. JaneEllen says

    I am so loving this, have to make this, will be perfect in our redone living room that is beachy/cottage. Still love the light gray, two shades darker gray and the aquas in room. In fall I’ll figure out something else besides the beachy but for now it’s working. Shades of 21 yrs. in San Diego.
    Your sign is perfect and will be a wonderful addition come next summer after I put it away for the year. Like to rotate art from year to year, maybe put this on gallery wall. Glad you shared this post, love this project.
    Happy summer days (what’s left of them) and good week.

    • Nancy says

      Oh yes, will be great for that! It’s fun to pull things out the next year…almost like something new that way! :)

  6. Michelle says

    I love this sign and want to make it for my house – but……
    I can’t figure out how to print the graphic in reverse mirror? Do I need a different program to do that?

    Also could you please explain your dry brush technique? Or link the post where you already went thru it? Sorry to be a pain….Thanks a ton!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Michelle!

      There are programs that will allow you to edit and make the image reverse. I can edit the post and include it that way! :) (Picasa is free and it can reverse too)
      Not a pain at all!
      The dry brush is just that….taking a completely dry brush and just putting a bit of paint on the edges of the bristles, wiping it well on a paper plate (or anything handy) and lightly going over your piece just enough to lay a bit of paint down.
      Here’s another post with a large piece of furniture that I used dry brushing on…

      Hope that helps!
      Nancy online furniture


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