Weathered Beach Signs

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Bring a little of that beach feeling into your home by making some rustic looking beach signs. Ideal for bathroom decor or any part of your home that boasts that beautiful coastal decor look!

Weathered Beach Signs

Spring break has come and gone and many people hit the beach during this time of year. We come back home with a bag of seashells, the sound of the ocean waves crashing in our ears, and the smell of warm, summery air in our nostrils.

These beach signs are just simple slats of wood you can buy at the craft store. Mine actually started out with the distressed primitive look, I made them when I still had my craft store back in 2003. They definitely needed updating, so I sanded them down as much as I could before getting started.

What You’ll Need to Make Weathered Beach Signs

I originally made this beach signs project for JoAnn Fabrics via DecoArt. I used the following supplies:


  • stylus
  • liner brush
  • wash brush
  • sandpaper or palm sander
  • acrylic sealer spray, matte finish

Americana acrylic paints

  • Buttermilk
  • Flesh Tone
  • Spa Blue
  • Mint Julep
  • Cool White

Americana actually has quite a few new colors that are very beach-worthy as well, so I’ll be using some of those in the future.

First I gave them all a coat of Cool White and let them dry.

Then I painted each one with the different colors noted above.

I used Word to create the words surf, relax, beach and sand. If you don’t like the fonts that I chose, you can certainly make your own! If you like them, the Word pattern file is in the printable instructions below. Trim the words and place them on the slats.

Use a ballpoint pen, or a stylus if you have one, to trace around the words, pressing firmly to create indentations in the wood below.

This makes it a lot easier to paint your letters!

Use a liner brush to fill in the letters with Cool White. Note: You could probably use a white painter’s pen to do this too!

Dry brush some streaks across the surface with a wash brush.

Then do some sanding to create that weathered look. Sand lightly in some areas and harder in others.

You can see that I have sanded through some of the lettering as well as exposing the wood in the corners and on the edges.

It’s totally up to you how much you expose.

When you’re done sanding, brush them off really well so there’s no sanding dust left on them. Spray them with acrylic sealer in a matte finish.

I used wall putty to hang mine, but you could certainly attach a picture hanger to the back.

Here are some close-ups at different angles:

These would also be fun attached to a spike and placed in the yard or on the porch!

If you like these signs, you will love this coastal themed Clay Pot Lighthouse project , this Twig Coastal Wreath or this fun Coastal Striped Fish Decor.


This post was originally published on this blog on May 5, 2012.


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