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?
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?)
This was so easy….I promise. You can do this…and I’m going to show you how.
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.
For now. :)
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! ;)
PIN this to save for later! :)
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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