Are you ready to hit the beach? Our regular contributor, Michelle James, has a fantastic DIY project to set a beachy tone in your home.
Wooden Beach Marquee Sign
A Beachy DIY Project for Your Home
Wow! I can’t believe that March is over and spring has sprung. Well…it’s going to spring here in Iowa soon, I hope. This weather is why my friend Maureen loves the beach so much. Well, who doesn’t? She decorates in a beach theme all year except for Christmas and St. Pat’s. I love her house. We created this Beach Inspired Sofa Table for her home, and it turned out so cute.
This was a little surprise I created for her to add to her beach décor.
Wooden Beach Marquee Sign
I don’t have a complete tutorial, but I think it is enough for you to create one if you like. I have been offering these types of signs in my classes, and people really seem to enjoy them. I love the glow of lights in the house in the evening, and these types of signs don’t disappoint.
I started with a plain wood sign made from lath and 1×2. My husband puts these together for me.
Then, we water down some latex paint to create a paint we can roll on, but almost has the consistency of stain. We were staining them, but rolling the paint looks better and is a much faster process when you have to make large quantities at a time.
One of the pictures below is the stained version we used to make.
I cut out the BEACH letters on my Silhouette. I am getting pretty good at finding a font, then making the letters exactly the size I want for the board. I cut them out of cardstock, then trace around them with chalk. This was the sign we made for Valentine’s Day, but it shows the chalk traced letters. I use chalk because it is easy to see on the brown background, and it comes off easily when we sand later.
Then, using acrylic paint, paint in the letters and any other design you want.
After it is painted and dried, I use a sanding block and give it a good sanding. This gets the extra chalk off the wood, and it gives it a nice rustic, distressed look. I love that!
Then, I mark the spots where I want holes drilled.
This is the painted BEACH sign with the pencil marks for the holes. We are using strings with 35 lights, so I double and triple count to make sure I have exactly 35 marks for holes.
Then working from the back, you push the lights through the wood and work your way up and down the sign, until all of the lights and all of the holes have been filled.
There you have it! Super easy and it looks great. I like to lean mine on the table against the wall, and I have the perfect spot for them.
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Great sign great tutorial, Thank you.
I love this sign! The colors are perfect, now I just need a beach house to put it in! #HomeMattersParty
Lovely sign! Looks fantastic, Michelle 🙂
I just love this sign Michelle! I created a canvas one for my daughter’s dorm room with lights, but I like the wood even more! Pinned & Tweeted! #HomeMattersParty
Thank you. I bet the canvas one you made was awesome.
This would be great for an ocean front condo! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit. Pinned and shared.
Yes, it would. 🙂 We live by the beach, and I want to make us one of these amazing signs. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn!
I love the beach Marquee! And this looks easy enough to make! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on FB! Have a great week!
I LOVE this sign!!!! I am planning to make it for my Aunt’s beach house…she hosts us often and this would make a lovely hostess gift for her. Thank you for sharing! #HomeMattersParty
What an awesome way to reuse a pallet. I love reusing them Looks like I am going to have to add this to my list of pallet projects.Love having you as cohost on #HomeMattersParty
So glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. Very nice tutorial and such a fun sign for summer decor. I’ll be sharing this post on my FB page this weekend.
Thanks so much Shirley!!
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Oh my gosh! How cute – We will be redoing my daughter’s room in the future and she would absolutely love one of these! Saving this idea for sure! #HomeMattersParty
My daughter wanted to buy a bunch of individual letters to spell her name out, that all lit up. This would be a great project for she and I to do! #HomeMattersPArty
I love making signs but haven’t tried one yet with lights. Adding it to my future to do list.