I was walking my dog the other day and someone had thrown out this old board. I looked at it and immediately knew I wanted to make something from it. I walked on past planning on picking it up on the way back then quickly decided to turn around and get it, thinking someone else might grab it before me.
I’m often found doing that, walking down the street with something in my hands I’ve curb shopped. I could tell you of a few treasures I have found that way…
This piece was so cool though. It is perfectly weathered. It is also perfectly sized for a porch sign. I decided the best place for it was at the lake.
I didn’t take step by step pictures this time, I think because I was so excited to get it done, but here is my before and after.
I used light gray chalk paint and lightly brushed it on the wood here and there just to make it a little more interesting.
I made stencils on my cricut and taped them to the wood. I used black oil based paint to paint the letters. Since we are in the woods, I made a deer stencil for the “O” in welcome.
Then I just wrapped some rope around the top from dollar tree.
It looks old and rustic! I was thinking I might flip it around and paint something on the other side “LAKE LIFE” perhaps and flip it around once in awhile.
I’m always on the lookout for pieces like this and I’m so happy when I come across them.