DIY Whitewash Life’s a Beach Sign

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Let’s just put this out there. I have a real spending problem when it comes to beach decor. Signs, repurposed furniture, anything beachy. I used to craft a lot, but I have a problem with perfectionism (I have a lot of problems), and my crafts were never perfect. That made me twitchy, so I quit. Then I realized that all of the signs, the furniture, everything else that I’m spending my hard-earned money on, was imperfect. It’s whitewashed and there is no perfectionism in whitewashing. So why was I, a perfectionist capable of imperfection, spending so much money on imperfect products? Well, no more! I’m ready to start being imperfect and I’m loving my new crafts. Even dummies can craft imperfectly and everyone’s digging my Life’s a Beach sign that I imperfectly made. It’s cheap, easy, and you can be as imperfect as you’d like. Imperfection is a thing and I’m learning to embrace it. It’s healthy and therapeutic for me. It was a little time consuming with drying time and the like, but easy peasy is this tutorial’s motto.

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Grab your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Wooden plank (use scrap from another project and cut it to your size of choice).
  • Paint for plank and lettering.
  • Stencils for lettering.
  • Paint brushes.
  • Mason jar for mixing whitewash paint.
  • Burlap letters (you can use stencils to paint all of the letters, but I liked the texture of the burlap letters).
  • Sandpaper.
  • Pencil.
  • Eraser.
  • Tape measurer.
  • Glue.

white wash green mix brightMix your acrylic paint for the whitewashing. One part paint to 2 parts water. The mason jar makes it easy for measuring and the tight lid makes mixing a breeze. I used Apple Barrel Green for my edging and whitewashing over the blue board that I painted with house paint.

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Sand your painted board then paint the edges whatever color you choose. No need for perfection here because you’re going to paint over and sand again.

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Whitewash (or greenwash, not sure what to call this here) the front of your board. The paint/water mixture should be light on the brush and you don’t need/want full coverage. Of course, if you strive for perfectionism, your surface will most likely be too covered (you know mine was), but that’s easy to fix. Grab some sand paper and sand until you can see the original color bleeding through. At this point, your board will be beautifully beachy and rustic and ready to make into your sign.

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Get your tape measurer, pencil, and eraser, and layout your stenciled lettering and burlap letters.

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Trace the letters with the pencil and get ready to paint. OK, here’s where your perfectionist will come out, but don’t fret. There’s always an eraser to get rid of all of the pencil marks you might not paint over.

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Place your burlap letters (hey, they’ve got adhesive backing).

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Then glue your shells however the heck you want them on there. OK, I might have been methodical with this part, but at least they aren’t symmetrical.

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Done! Beach sign I would typically pay about $15-$20 for (don’t judge) and I did it myself. Therapeutic, money saving, and oh-so-cute. Winning. So what are you waiting for? You need to get back to crafting too. Imperfection is the new perfect and I’m totally digging it. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that B is digging the money savings. I’m too busy crafting to head to the resale/craft shops so it’s all good.

What are you crafting these days? I’d love to hear about it. And stay tuned because I’m not done crafting yet. I’m repurposing an old window and I’m loving the results so far. As imperfect as they may be. I could get used to this!


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