DIY Beach Cottage Sign

When we were back east in June, my Aunt Karen handed over the keys to her house on the bay in Virginia and let my family and parents stay for a few days. We had a fantastic time and I wanted to find a way to say thank you.
I thought it would be fun to make something beachy, since I live in Denver and never get to make anything beachy.

DIY Beach Cottage SignI started with a solid wood sign I found at my fave thrift store for $1.89. It said “Home is Where the Heart is” and had lots of flowers and country stuff all over it. Just not my thing, but a great piece of wood and a nice shape to start my transformation.
I sanded, primed, and painted it with two coats of a creamy white.
DIY Beach Cottage SignThen I added 2 coats of a lovely soft blue.
DIY Beach Cottage SignA-Ha, my favorite part, the sander. I went after it and roughed that thing up good!
DIY Beach Cottage SignSince I was going for a weathered look, I decided to use Citra-Solv to transfer the saying onto the sign.
I used Open Office to create the saying I wanted for the sign (cottage by the sea) and then printed out the reverse image and had my husband copy it for me at work (SHH, don’t tell). An ink jet printer copy will not transfer, so definitely use a copier or laser printer and don’t forget to reverse the image!
DIY Beach Cottage SignNext, I just taped the copy upside down and applied the Citra-Solv concentrate in a thick layer. Depending on your surface, too much will bleed, and not enough will not transfer, so you need to be careful. It really depends on the finish on the wood you are transferring to. The rougher the finish the easier time I have had. A shiny finish will bleed more and the ink will rub off.
DIY Beach Cottage SignThen I used my brush to rub and burnish the ink onto my sign. I lift and check as I go to make sure everything is coming off clearly.
DIY Beach Cottage SignYeah, that’s what I’m talking about people!
Next, I grabbed my faux glaze and tinted it with a medium walnut wood stain. I painted it on and rubbed it off in certain places. I just had fun finding the worn out look I was going for.
I added these simple hooks to each end.

DIY Beach Cottage SignThen I grabbed floral wire and attached it to small Ball jars like so…
DIY Beach Cottage SignThen I threw in some sand I stole from the kids sandbox and votives from my stash.
And hung it on my wall for a photo shoot!

DIY Beach Cottage SignI almost wish I could keep it…

DIY Beach Cottage Signit look so nice right here…

DIY Beach Cottage Signbut I don’t have  a beach house…

DIY Beach Cottage Signor live remotely close to a beach…

DIY Beach Cottage Signso I said goodby and mailed it off to my sweet Aunt.

DIY Beach Cottage SignHope she loves it, if not I will take it back and dream about a beach house!

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DIY Beach Cottage Sign