Paint

Beach Cottage Signs

By  Melony Bradley 

  • Beach Cottage Signs
  • Cafe Seashell Sign

Materials

  • Wooden items: Basswood (Midwest Products): 1/4”x1” (#4106); 1/4”x4” (#4406); shapes: oval, 2-1/2” long, two; circle, 1-1/4”
  • Natural hemp
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Winter Blue; Light Mocha; Sapphire; Admiral Blue; Khaki Tan

Tools

  • Simply Foam Stamps (Plaid): Ironwork Tile; 3” Square Shell
  • Rubber stamps: Martha Stewart Crafts 1” Ornamental Typeface (EK Success); 1/2” italic alphabet; tiny starfish
  • Multi-purpose Sealer (DecoArt)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Furniture tacks
  • Silver eye screws, 1/2”, two
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (Duncan)
  • Tools: round-nose pliers; wire cutter; drill and 1/16” bit
  • Wax candle
  • 1. For each sign, cut two 5" lengths and two 6" lengths from 1"-wide wood. Cut 6" length from 4"-wide wood. Lightly sand and apply sealer.
  • 2. Use pencil to mark off one 1"x4" strip from top and bottom of 4"-wide wood pieces. For "Cottage Beach" sign, paint: top and bottom strip and two 1"x1" strips Khaki Tan; center of 4" piece and two 1"x5" strips Admiral Blue. For "Café Seashell" sign, paint: top and bottom strip and two 1"x6" strips Light Mocha; center of 4" pieces and two 1"x5" strips Sapphire. Let dry and apply wax to surface of all pieces randomly. For "Cottage Beach" sign, paint: top and bottom strip and two 1"x6" strips Admiral Blue; center of 4" piece and two 1"x5" strips Khaki Tan. For "Café Seashell" sign, paint: top and bottom strip and two 1"x6" strips Sapphire; center of 4" pieces and two 1"x5" strips Light Mocha. Let pieces dry 75% and lightly sand to reveal distressed finish. Paint circle Light Mocha and ovals Winter Blue.
  • 3. Use black ink to stamp foam stamps, lettering, starfish as shown. Arrange pieces for signs by laying long strips beside 4" piece and short strips across top and bottom; glue. Glue ovals as shown and circle to center of ironwork motif. When dry, drill holes on strips and ovals. Carefully hammer tacks into holes.
  • 4. For hangers, drill holes in top left and right of signs. Attach eye screws. Cut 12" lengths from hemp and knot ends around eye screw loops.