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.
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).
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.
I used DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint in Primitive, a pale gray, for the sign’s background.
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.
The MDF letters each got several coats of acrylic craft paint, a different color for each one.
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.
Once the paint was dry, I used Gorilla Wood Glue to attach the letters to the sign.
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!
As a final step, I sealed the paint with a topcoat of DecoArt Americana Soft Touch Varnish.
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.
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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