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Painted Nautical Anchor Sign

Jun 24 2015 Liz Call

Remember how I mentioned a few weeks ago how I had the itch to make some signs?  Well I wanted to make a sign to hang on my front door for the summer.  I didn’t really want to do a wreath and thought a fun sign would be really cool.  I usually do something for the 4th of July, and this fits, but I wanted something more summery.  I made this painted nautical anchor sign for my door to last all summer long.

Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

I bought these outdoor pillows a few months ago, planning to use them on my front porch for the summer.  It was the pillows that inspired my idea for my front door sign.

*can you spot my reflection in the window? 🙂Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

I had my husband cut me some 3/8 inch plywood into a 16×20 piece and I painted it white.  For this project I used chalk paint powder and mixed it into my colored paint samples.  I used BBFrosch chalk paint powder and I loved it!  It drys really quick so I got this project done in no time.  You can see the painted flag sign I made with it for the 4th of July.

Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

Once my board was painted white, I used painters tape to make stripes.  Then I painted my red stripes.

Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

Before the red paint was 100% dry, I pulled off the tape.  I even did a little distressing using some sand paper.  Normally I wouldn’t put the frame on until the end, but since my husband was putting the frame on for me, he did it when he had time, so it got done earlier in the process than normal, but it still worked out.  For the frame we used 1 inch x 4 inch cedar planks that had been used on our gate that my husband just replaced.  We cleaned the wood and cut the planks in half.  My husband just used a nail gun to attach them to the ply wood.Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

I then used a vinyl stencil of an anchor to paint the blue anchor onto my sign.  I tried really hard to make it as straight as possible.

Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

I peeled up the stencil once I got my anchor painted.  Once all the paint was dry, I used a piece of sand paper to distress the paint in some areas.  I wiped the sand paper dust off the sign and then used some clear wax to seal the sign.

Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

I put a saw tooth hanger on the back of the sign and used some wire to hang it from a nail in my door.

Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

It is the perfect compliment to my out door pillows and I think it’s perfect for summer!

Hand painted nautical anchor sign hung on the front door. A perfect decoration for summertime.

I may have a new obsession with all things nautical thanks to this nautical anchor sign!

Happy Crafting!

Liz

If you’re looking for more front door decoration inspiration:

Summer Wreath

Summer wreath with mini printable banner #summer #wreath

Welcome Aboard Lifesaver Wreath

Welcome Aboard Lifesaver Wreath perfect for #summer #wreath

Stars & Stripes Wreath

Stars and stripes wreath for the 4th of July #wreath #4thofJuly

DIY painted anchor sign, nautical sign

Liz Call

Liz Call

Owner, Art Director and Disney Fanatic at Liz on Call
Liz Call loves to create. She loves to watch movies, read books and design on her computer. You can usually find her in the kitchen cooking something delicious (or making PB&J), kissing skinned knees, doing laundry, hosing off muddy feet, crafting up a holiday project, making a special gift for a friend, shopping at Target, or taking a break on the couch. As a wife and mother of 3 little kids, she is always on call to be whatever her family needs her to be. You can keep up with Liz at Liz on Call.
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