Last week when I took you on a tour of  the pretty and organized garage I helped design for Chic Chateau, I promised I’d also be sharing some tutorials for the projects I worked on.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

First up is this really easy hand painted wood sign — perfect for a playroom. It’s made from two reclaimed fence boards that my Chic Chateau collaborator’s DIY hubby, cut for me. He also attached two horizontal wood braces on the back to hold the sign together.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

This sign was really easy to put together. You don’t need any special skills to make it beyond painting, gluing and using a drill or screwdriver (to build the sign).

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

PLAY is spelled out in simple 12-inch MDF letters from the craft store. (FYI, if you decide to make your own playroom sign and purchase through my affiliate link, I will earn a tiny commission.)

You can use any colors on your sign — the brighter the better. For this project, I wanted to stick with the Chic Chateau midcentury inspired color palette of indigo, apple green, radiant orchid and coral.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

I used DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint in Primitive, a pale gray, for the sign’s background.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

I used a whitewashing technique, getting my brush wet to thin the paint, and applied several coats to the sign. I wanted just enough coverage to hide any flaws in the reclaimed wood, but I didn’t want to completely hide the grain.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

The MDF letters each got several coats of acrylic craft paint, a different color for each one.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

I used DecoArt Americana Vivid Violet, Americana Hauser Light Green, Americana Deep Midnight Blue and Americana Multi-Surface Shrimp. They most closely matched the paint and accent colors used elsewhere in the showhouse.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

Once the paint was dry, I used Gorilla Wood Glue to attach the letters to the sign.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

I think we ate a couple of meals on the couch while the glue was drying, held in place by the pressure of some of my favorite decorating and craft books!

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

As a final step, I sealed the paint with a topcoat of DecoArt Americana Soft Touch Varnish.

Love this handpainted wood sign for the playroom. And it's easy to make with paint and letters from the craft store.

We used a D-ring to hang the sign because we wanted something sturdy enough to hold its weight since the sign is almost 5-feet long.

Pretty and Organized Garage at Chic Chateau

If you missed the tour of the Chic Chateau garage, I hope you’ll click over for a visit. And be sure to check back over the next few weeks when I’ll share the tutorial for the potting bench and take you on a tour of the entire show house. (It’s gorgeous!) My friend, Suzy of Worthing Court, will also be sharing the tutorial for that awesome garden clock.

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  1. What a great idea! I am sharing this on Pinterest.

  2. What a fun sign for a play room. I am sharing this on Pinterest.

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