Turn a Dollar Store Sign into Summer Coastal Decor using paint and wood letters. You can find all sorts of signs at dollar stores, but they might not have the look you want. Give them makeovers for budget friendly decor ideas.
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If you shop at Dollar Tree, you’ve seen the variety of signs they have. You can’t beat the one dollar price, so even if they aren’t items that fit in with my decor, when I see them, I always buy a few of them.
Sea Days Coastal Sign
This is a sign I bought last year at Dollar Tree. While it already has a coastal look, it was a little too busy with so many words. I liked the raised shell on it though.
The first step to change the look is to give it a coat of paint. I used DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Vintage. After two coats, the letters were still showing through.
I switched to a darker shade of paint, Bahama Blue, and the coverage was much better.
It was too dark for what I had in mind, so I added a light coat of white paint. Once that was dry, I added dots of more white paint randomly over the sign. I used an old cloth to blend the paint.
To give it a more weathered look, I added dots and streaks of pink paint. I used the old cloth to blend this paint in, too.
I added beige paint to the shell and allowed it to dry. More white paint was added and wiped away before it dried.
I wanted to make the sign look like a combination of the sea and the sky with the blue and white paint.
I added just a little bit of pink paint to the shell and used the cloth to blend it in. Before it had a chance to dry, I used a wood skewer to draw lines through the paint. Once it was dry, it was lightly sanded with medium grit sandpaper.
After searching through my craft stash for some wood chip letters, I had to change my plans. I had planned on using Beach Days on the sign, but I didn’t have an H. Plan B – change it to Sea Days. The letters got two coats of DecoArt Warm Beige acrylic paint before being added to the sign.
I used hot glue to attach the letters. I also did more sanding around the edges of the sign.
The last step for turning a dollar store sign into summer coastal decor was to add a couple of nautical ropes. I used thick twine and hot glue to make two coils.
Supply List for Summer Coastal Sign
- Dollar Store Sign
- Assorted Paint Colors
- Paint Brushes
- Old Cloth
- Thick Twine
- Hot Glue
- Protective Finish
I sprayed the sign with Polycrylic before placing it in our beach themed guest bedroom.Turn a dollar store sign into summer coastal decor. #coastaldecor #summersign #dollartreecraft Click To Tweet
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