I finally finished a nautical sign that’s been in the works for a few weeks now, and of course, I want to show it off now! This is going to be part of my beachy mantel, and I’m excited because it’s nearly complete, and I’m also pleased with the way everything is coming together.
Back in January, Hubby and I made this rustic wooden wall art for the family room wall, and there was a tiny bit of wood left over. I thought it would be perfect for a sign, so after gluing the wood together, I sat back and waited for some inspiration.
In the meantime, the wood made a great photo prop, and I’ve used it for a variety of different projects. Anyway, when I began adding coastal decor to the family room, I decided to make a hand painted nautical sign for the mantel. I started by mixing some off-white latex paint with some craft paint in coastal hues. I used a dry brush to make the paint look old and worn.
The wood was already rough, but I really wanted the sign to look aged, so I sanded the paint to make it look like it was peeling off.
I was originally going to make this a beach sign, but after I made the rustic wood sailboat, or sandboat, as one of my bloggy friends called it, my daughter suggested writing the words “come sail away”. So, using a really fine, thin brush and my favorite burnt umber shade of paint, I painted the phrase on the sign.
I was going to use a font from Pic Monkey as a guide, but it just seemed that a beach sign would be more informal, and I wanted the words to look like they were flowing. To make the letters appear even more faded, I sanded some of the paint off again.
Yep, I’d say this is the exact look I was after! The bottom of the y is a little short, but, oh well. C’est la vie!
I bought the starfish from Cost Plus, and l just propped it up in front of the sign and added some seashells around the base. Finally — another finished project!
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