My “Welcome to the Lake” sign will be your new favorite lake house décor piece! Let’s make one super fast using a DIY wood sign kit.
DIY kits are the best way to create a professional looking project in a short amount of time. This week, I’m working with a fun “Welcome to the Lake” sign kit from Twin Knobs Woodworks that offers some additional options you’re going to love. Let me show you what I used to create mine.
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Supplies you’ll need to make an adorable “Welcome to the Lake” Sign:
- String Light Welcome Sign Kit
- The Gulf Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Mermaid Tail Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Golden Ash No Pain Gel Stain
- Anchor All-In-One Mineral Paint
- Whitecap All-In-One Mineral Paint
- Makeup Sponges
- Chip Brush
- Paint Brush
- Painter’s Tape
- Starbond Medium Instant Adhesive
Begin by staining the long base board with No Pain Gel Stain in the color Golden Ash.
When using a gel stain, I like to use a clean cloth to rub the stain into the surface of the board. Be sure to wipe back any extra stain as you go.
Let the stained board dry overnight.
Once the board has dried overnight, paint the entire board with the color The Gulf. Keep in mind this is not a full coverage layer of paint.
Now let this layer of paint dry.
While that dries, paint the string light details.
Use the color Anchor and a makeup sponge to paint the outer layer of the lights.
Also paint the letters with the same color and makeup sponge technique.
Then use the color Whitecap to paint the inside layer of the lights.
Let all those pieces dry. This is what they will look like when finished.
Once the blue base coat on the long base board is dry, add wax on top of the paint in a random pattern to create a chippy paint look.
Once you have the wax applied, use the color Mermaid Tail to paint another layer that is not full coverage as well.
Now let that layer of paint dry.
Next comes the fun part!
Using painter’s tape, create a chippy paint look by applying and then removing the tape. Continue with a clean piece of tape to remove as much of the finish as you’d like. You can also use sand paper for a little less chippy and more distressed look.
Now that your board has been distressed, use adhesive to assemble the sign.
I used a medium strength instant adhesive for mine, but feel free to use an adhesive that will work best for how the sign will be used.
Here’s the final look! Perfect for summers at the lake.
This sign is available in multiple options for the last word including: Porch, Cabin, River, Patio, Deck, Pool and Farm.
Choose the word that best fits your space! And be sure to make it your own. You can see in the photo below that I added a bit of yellow to one of the lights. Use your imagination and get creative with this one!
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