Saturday, June 15, 2013

Beach Signs

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It's summer time so I've been thinking about the beach!!! If you know anything about my husband and I you know we love being on the beach and listening to the ocean. I decided I wanted some artwork that remind me of all the beach trips we've gone on.... come to think of it, at least one beach was involved in every vacation we've been on.


I had mentioned in the Bedroom Cottage Blog that I had a few ideas for some wall art. I combined these two ideas. Something natural-looking and beachy-looking from Sew Dang Cute Crafts.
Sew Dang Cute Crafts ~ Beach Plank Sign
And the names of places listed out. Ballard Designs charges $100 for just ONE of these signs. So for the example below, a whopping $500!!!! I decided to make my own. :)
Ballard Designs ~ City Signs
I had a collection of several boards the same size. These happen to be 1x6 boards and about 40 inches long but you can choose the size you need. I painted the boards in a variety of blue, green and cream. Water them down and this will created a vintage look. I also typed out each of the beaches we've gone to in a Word doc, printed them out and traced the names onto the boards.
I painted over the letters with grey paint.
I lightly sanded down the boards, especially the edges to create a vintage look. Then I used a brush lightly dipped in a walnut stain, lightly brushed over the boards and quickly wiped away the excess stain with a paper towel. {Notice the bold, italic words? Follow those directions or you'll be starting over. :)}
Here's the boring, bare wall. This is a perfect spot for the Beach Signs since I already have our Wood-Burned Wedding Frame and Engagement on the dresser. {Now if we can just replace that monster tv}
Originally I was going to stagger the signs but when I lined them up to hang on the wall I really liked having them all in a straight line. So that's how they went up.
Close-ups!
See the green board here? That's why you have to lightly and quickly work with the stain. This was the first board I stained and was a little to heavy on the stained. :(
Duh! I'm a complete dumbo! I completely forgot the best beach we've been to.... the one we got married on! Oh geez. Stayed tuned for an update....{update completed, check it out here}
Purchase your own beach signs {or cities, states, etc} from my Etsy Shop!

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***While I'm thrilled to share my step-by-step directions, the good and the bad, these are intended for your personal use. I'm always happy to hear and see what my bloggers have been working on. BUT a lot of work goes into these creations and while I have no issues sharing so you are able to create the work for your precious homes please understand that selling an exact duplication of my designs is highly frowned upon. :( Please always be considerate of another artists work. Thank you!***

21 comments:

  1. I love wooden signs (just made one the other day) and I love beaches, so this is the best of both worlds! I have been wanting to make one for my summer mantel - so great inspiration!

    By the way, I'm giving away a copy of Handmade Walls E-book on my blog right now if you or your followers are interested in entering to win! It has tons of ideas on how to create custom art and frames for your walls. Love it!

    http://www.theturquoisehome.com/2013/06/yay-for-500-likes-on-facebook-handmade.html

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    1. Thanks for the giveaway Laura! I entered! Fingers crossed :)

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  2. I love these! I'm a die-hard beach lover and can't wait to retire to Florida, so I NEED these signs, LOL! Thanks s0 much for sharing how you made them!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

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    1. Have fun Kim!!! I'll see you in Florida one day when we retire there too. ;)

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  3. Beautiful signs. Love beachy stuff too:) Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/06/handkerchief-party-bunting.html

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  4. Love, love, love your cute signs! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti

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  5. I love your signs. What a great memento of all your vacations. It can be hard to collect souvenirs that are tasteful and fit into your decor. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Wanda

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  6. I love this! What a great idea...it has me thinking of ideas for our house. Thanks!
    KC

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  7. What a lovely way to reflect on holiday memories Becca. Thank you for sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday.

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  8. Love these! Now I'm wondering which beach you left out--must be a good one!

    Thanks so much for linking to Grace at Home!

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  9. You are the Queen of signs!!! Love this and sharing it today on Junkin Joe! HUGS!!!

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    1. Andrea - Thanks for featuring the signs! I linked up a few more projects this week.

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