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Make Beach Inspired Coastal Wood Signs

Hi there!My name is Jen , I am a  contributor at Jennifer Rizzo and so happy to be here!I have a blog called City Farmhouse, this is where I share diy projects, thrifty decorating solutions and moments of honesty as a person “trying” to juggle life gracefully. I love signs- in just a few words they can capture a moment, a feeling of a special place or time.Living coastally I am always looking for original & unique ways to seamlessly incorporate a”beachy” look into my home, especially during the summer months:).Signs always seem to do that, they are easy to make and always seem to spark conversation.  So I created Beach Inspired Coastal Wood Signs as home decor. If you love the coastal grandmother look, you’ll love this!
Coastal inspired DIY wood signs

I went rummaging through my scrap wood& found some left over driftwood from Hurricane Sandy. I used a simple technique to hand paint the letters & voila….
a Beach Inspired Coastal Sign Trio.
Bleached DIY coastal wood sign with white lettering
This is my simple & easy tutorial for creating your Beach Inspired Coastal Wood Signs with white paint lettering on wood:
1. Print your words and tape them together if need be.
2. Trace over each letter with chalk.
3. Tape to wood.
4. Using a pen trace over the outside of each letter.
5. Pull off paper & make sure you have each letter clearly outlined.
6. Using a small brush, paint(craft or house) & a few drops of water paint the interior
of each letter.
7. Paint the entire sign, let dry & sand lightly.
8. Hang & enjoy!
Steps for a DIY coastal inspired sign
A few tips for creating this DIY wood sign trio: Pallet wood also works well for this project. You can also replicate using places that are important to you & your family:). I love creating projects around family. You can see more of my projects on my blog.
Nantucket sign on old wood
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Upclose of lettering on old wood
Natural wood with white lettering
What do you think? Not bad for a project that only cost a few dollars AND the BEST part for me is knowing there is a story of survival behind the wood.
Coastal inspired DIY wood signs
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Thank you Jen for an amazing project!

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  1. Jen,
    Thanks for having Jen share this great and easy way to make a beach sign. I just redid my guest lake themed bedroom and I am going to try this out. I love that Jen reused the old drift wood from the hurricane. Making something tragic into something beautiful. Love that!!!!

  2. Love Jennifer’s signs. I was just looking at her inspirational picture from PB and thinking I needed something like that in my own bathroom. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is fantastic and so timely as I have acquired some old fence boards that I was thinking I’d like to do something with. We don’t live any where near a beach (sadly) but our favorite vacation spot is St. Simon’s Island, GA. Think I’ll see how many miles THAT is and do a fun sign! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Absolutely LOVE these–even more so than the actual Pottery Barn ones! Do you happen to remember the font you used to print the lettering? It’s so simple and perfect for the look!

  5. Jen-

    I was looking to purchase some drift wood as my husband wants to make signs that are similar to yours. do you knwo where i could find any driftwood?


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