DIY Nautical Decor: Vintage Beach Sign
As many of you know by now, Matt and I lived near the beach for the first year we were married. We drove 45 minutes every Sunday to attend mass at Holy Savior parish in Ocean City, Maryland. After mass, we would walk across the street to the beach and sit side by side in the sand and gaze out at the ocean. Matt and I would stroll hand in hand on the boardwalk and dream of what our future would hold. I loved everything about our beach life.
We moved to Kentucky the following summer for Matt’s job. I didn’t see the ocean again until Matt whisked me away to Ocean City for a surprise Mother’s Day getaway. The second I saw our old parish and the boardwalk, a flood of emotion came over me. So many memories were made there. It felt like a lifetime ago.
My heart will always yearn for the beach. I look for nautical decor to remember our beach life and incorporate it into our new home. A few weeks ago, I stopped by my favorite treasure trove, The Painted Mill. I was thrilled when I walked through the old barn and saw a whole nautical themed section. What I found inspired this DIY project.
Letter Stencils or Handwritten Letters
Window Pane or Molding
This is a very simple DIY to create. I bought the vintage beach sign for $15 dollars. The sign is weathered and worn from hanging near the ocean. I absolutely love it. You could search for a similar sign or make one yourself.
STEP ONE: To make a similar sign, purchase a canvas. Crumple, stomp, leave it outside, et. To create the worn creases.
STEP TWO: Use either letter stencils or draw freehand letters to create the ‘beach’ text.
STEP THREE: Fill in the letters with blue paint. After it dries, crumple sign again to create worn letters.
STEP FOUR: I purchased an old window pane from The Painted Mill for $5. I was planning on making my own frame, but the one I found was the perfect width. The only thing I needed to do was shorten the length of the frame.
STEP FIVE: Using a pen, make tick marks on the frame to indicate the length of the sign.
STEP SIX: To shorten the length of the frame, start by sawing along the seam of 2 of the corners.
STEP SEVEN: Remove the end piece and lay it on top of the frame, lining it up with the tick marks. Take a pen and trace the angle on both sides. Saw along the lines to create a new angle.
STEP EIGHT: Fit the end piece into the frame. Turn over and use a staple gun to secure the corners.
STEP NINE: Turn the frame back over and fill any remaining gap with Wood Putty. After 30 minutes, wipe away excess. Let the frame set overnight.
STEP TEN: After the putty has set overnight, touch up areas with white paint. It will blend it all together and look like the frame was never altered.
STEP ELEVEN: Add a mounting bracket on the center back of the frame.
STEP TWELVE: I created the backing for the from scrap board I used for my Organization Board. Just take a scrap board or purchase one at Michael’s and lay it on the frame. Draw an outline of the frame using a pen and straightedge.
STEP THIRTEEN: Place the canvas beach sign in the frame and pop in the back board. All that is left to do is hang your vintage sign.
Here is my DIY sign hanging in the nautical themed playroom.
Here it is without the kids’ kitchenette. To me, it instantly looks like a sitting room for adults to congregate. Love this room! I hoped you enjoyed learning a little more about my family, where we live, and how to make a vintage beach sign and frame!