Sun, Sand, Sea (DIY Sign)

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This sun, sand, sea DIY sign was simple to make! The added sand dollars and starfish make it shine.

I love to make signs.
That’s no question….and not a surprise if you look around my blog a bit.

BUT I can only have so many in my own home. So I resort to getting my sign “fix” by making them for others.
This Sun, Sand, Sea one was for my sister for her birthday recently.

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial - Finished #chalkpaint #sign

We live on the coast of the Atlantic so the theme for many around here is naturally….coastal.

I picked up this old cutting board at the thrift store on one of my visits. (which the intent to make some sort of sign, of course!)

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial - BEFORE - #chalkpaint #sign

My sister uses a lot of green in decorating so I thought I’d use that color primarily.

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial - First Layer of Paint #chalkpaint #sign

The first coat got green. The same green mix I used on my OBX Latitude & Longitude table. (Antibes Green & Country Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint blend)

The second coat got a mix of Old White/Pure White that I already had blended up.

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial - Second Layer of Paint #chalkpaint #sign

I distressed it first before adding any lettering. (I like to do this so I don’t “erase” all the lettering away)
I wanted to get down to the green level and let it show through quite a bit.

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial - Distressing #chalkpaint #sign

Next I created my wording…

Sun, Sand, Sea Board Sign Printable

I printed that out and transferred it to my board.

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial - Lettering Transfer #chalkpaint #sign

Want to see how I did it? (and a few other ways as well?) Check out this post I put together on all the ways to transfer graphics, here.

Then I hand-painted it in with the same green paint.

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial - Hand Painted Letters #chalkpaint #sign

I lightly sanded over the lettering to distress as well and then hot glued on my super, teeny, tiny, baby sand dollars…and starfish.

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial - Hanging on Porch #chalkpaint #sign

Aren’t they the cutest?? Baby sand dollars. :)
You can find them, here.

This is sooo simple. Want to make a sign? You can!
If you notice, it originally had a little piece of leather as the “hanger”. I replaced it with twine/rope that had more of a coastal look.

PIN it to save it!

Sun, Sand, Sea Beach Sign - DIY - Tutorial #beachsign #sunsandseasign #cuttingboardsign

Want to see even more ideas on simple updates with Chalk Paint (that aren’t furniture??) 
Check out this post, here.

Here’s what I’m up to next!

UPDATE! See it now!
And nope, it didn’t turn into the sign on the paper, you’ll just have to >>> click here to see what it did turn into!



  1. I’m a sign girl too Nancy – if I didn’t love refinishing furniture so much I’d be making signs, signs, and more signs. LOL I won’t look at wood cutting boards the same after seeing this – love this idea! Your sister must have been pleased with her birthday gift – so pretty!

  2. love it! sand dollars make me long for the Pacific tides of my youth (I am mid-Canadian shield now – no ocean to be seen!) :-( I am passionate about typography, and drawn to the authourity of the printed word. I’ve finished a couple, but am always contemplating new ideas! Will check out picmonkey soon! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Gabrielle!
      Oh, yes, there are so many creative things that can be made! Hope you enjoy Picmonkey!! :)


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