Monday, 5 March 2012

To the Beach?

So, as I was walking into the house today after running some errands (registering my 4-year-old for kindergarten!), I noticed a fence board remnant in the garage.  I brought it in to the house, and decided to make something of it!

The board was already stained our fence colour, a pale blue-grey.  It was pretty rough spruce, perfect for making a weathered-looking sign.  I sanded it with my little Mouse, and transfered the letters and arrow from outlines I had printed.  Then I pulled out my rusty paint brush and white craft paint and got to work.  After the letters dried, I lightly sanded it again.  The whole thing took me maybe 15 minutes of work, amid interruptions from the kids.  I was planning to put a layer of stain on it, but I think I like it better in without!

I've always been uncertain whether I like these "beach" signs with the arrows.  Because usually, they're not pointing to the beach!  But I do have a beach in the neighbourhood, so I figure I'm entitled to have a sign.  I really wanted to put it above the kitchen in the window, but I didn't like how it looked with the arrow pointing the other way (either toward the letters, or on the other side of the word).  So instead I hung it on the bulkhead-thing in the kitchen.  I may move it to above the front door, or possibly in the mudroom.  We'll see.  So this is the usual view of it:

Makes me wish for summertime!

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  1. Very cute sign! I'm just curious... beach in Edmonton???

  2. Your little sign is gorgeous, isn't it wonderful when we find something that inspires us like that.
    Hugs, Cindy

  3. I love love love this! Would like to use as an insiration for a future project, let me know if you would be ok with me including your photo (sourcing you of course!)

    1. Sure, no problem! Thanks for visiting, and I'm glad my little project inspired you!

  4. Niced project. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I LOVE your beach sign! So awesome!!! I would love for you to link up at my party going on now!


  6. Love it! I have a beach/nautical theme in my living room so I may just copy you on this! Great job:)


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